Updated: Sep 15, 2020
If there is one blemish we can talk about James Yap’s PBA career, it’s that he should have finished his career with Purefoods or San Mig Coffee or whatever they call their selves these days (at the moment, it’s Magnolia Hotshots).
After Alvin Patrimonio’s retirement, Yap became the face of the Purefoods franchise. He became the team’s go-to-guy when Ryan Gregorio ran the show alongside Kerby Raymundo, Roger Yap, Marc Pingris, and Peter June Simon. While his numbers dipped under Tim Cone, this gave King James a chance to grab a rare grand slam with him doing clutch plays alongside Pingris, Simon, Joe Devance, and a young Mark Barroca.
Yap is also a two-time MVP and a perennial all-star.
I guess the only brick of his career is his near-absent RP Team appearances. By design, Yap is a more athletic Allan Caidic. With that said, his clutch bombs as well as dead-shot sniping rarely see time in the international stage.
With that said, it's hard to do a Best Player list without Big Game James on it. As far as individual awards and team achievements, popularity contests, and stats are concerned, only a handful can trump his accomplishments.
1-TIME BEST PLAYER OF THE CONFERENCE
3-TIME MYTHICAL FIVE
1-TIME MYTHICAL TEN
4-TIME FINALS MVP
*** 11 MAJOR AWARDS IN 16 YEARS
1-TIME GRAND SLAM WINNER
7-TIME PBA CHAMPION
ONE OF PBA’S 40 GREATEST PLAYERS
2-TIME NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER (OLYMPIC, FIBA WORLD, FIBA ASIA, ASIAN GAMES)
1-TIME ALL-STAR MVP
#4 ALL-TIME 3-POINTS MADE