6. Jimmy Alapag
Coming into the league in 2003, Alapag was a heartbreak kid of sorts. Out of college, he impressed Ron Jacobs enough to be included in the PBA national pool in 2002, only to suffer a broken hand in his very first game. When he returned in time for the 2003 draft, Alapag found that he was out of sight and out of mind, dropping all the way down to No. 10.
He came out on a mission, averaging 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds a game to immediately take the mantle as best point guard in the league. He helped Talk ‘N Text to its first championship in franchise history, before winning Rookie of the Year and Mythical Five honors at season’s end.