5. Jerry Codiñera
Even today, people fondly remember Codiñera’s legendary frontcourt partnership with Alvin Patrimonio at Purefoods. But while The Captain got most of the individual accolades, The Defense Minister was every bit as important to the franchise. His long, 17-year career began with him battling PBA pioneers such as Ramon Fernandez and Abet Guidaben, and ended with him duking it out in the paint against invading foreign-born Filipinos like Taulava and Menk. In the end, he finished third all-time in rebounding in the league and fourth in blocked shots, and he still holds the single game blocks record with 11.
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