3. Johnny Abarrientos
“The Flying A” is perhaps the most dominant small man the PBA has ever seen. He was engine of the mid-’90s Alaska dynasty, becoming the smallest recipient of the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 1996. Never before had a man listed generously at 5-foot-7 struck such fear in the hearts of opponents.
When the Aces gave up on him, he continued his winning ways with the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. His quickness is still the stuff of legends — he is the PBA’s all-time leader in steals — and his passing ain’t too shabby either, as he is fourth in the all-time list.
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