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1996 PBA season

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Picked by  Ginebra San Miguel
Runners-up  Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Start date  1996
Top draft pick  Marlou Aquino
All-Filipino Cup champions  Alaska Milkmen
Commissioner's Cup champions  Alaska Milkmen
Number of teams  8
Season MVP  Johnny Abarrientos
1996 PBA season httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaenee4Pba
Duration  February 18, 1996 – December 17, 1996
Runners-up  Formula Shell Zoom Masters
TV partner  PBA on Vintage Sports (Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation)
Similar  1994 PBA season, 1998 PBA season, 2001 PBA season, 2000 PBA season, 2003 PBA season

The 1996 PBA season was the 22nd season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).


Season highlights

  • The league's broadcast partner, Vintage Sports, switched networks from People's Television to Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation. They also changed their primary language from English to Tagalog.
  • Crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel return to their winning ways after years of being a doormat, with the entry of top draft pick, 6-9 Marlou Aquino, the Ginebras advances in the semifinals for the first time in three years during the All-Filipino Cup, their season was highlighted by a finals trip in the third conference, losing to grandslam champions Alaska Milkmen.
  • The Pepsi Mega Bottlers sold their franchise to PILTEL and was renamed Mobiline Cellulars at the start of the Commissioner's Cup.
  • The Alaska Milkmen became the fourth team to win the PBA Grand slam, by sweeping all three conferences of the season, joining the 1976 and 1983 Crispa Redmanizers and the 1989 San Miguel Beermen.
  • Johnny Abarrientos became the first pure guard to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award since Ricardo Brown in 1985.
  • Opening ceremonies

    The muses for the participating teams are as follows:


  • All-Filipino Cup: Alaska Milkmen
  • Commissioner's Cup: Alaska Milkmen
  • Governor's Cup: Alaska Milkmen
  • Team with best win-loss percentage: Alaska Milkmen (51-21, .708)
  • Best Team of the Year: Alaska Milkmen (1st)
  • Individual awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Johnny Abarrientos (Alaska)
  • Rookie of the Year: Marlou Aquino (Ginebra)
  • Sportsmanship Award: Jerry Codiñera (Purefoods)
  • Most Improved Player: Edward "Poch" Juinio (Alaska)
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Marlou Aquino (Ginebra)
  • Mythical Five:
  • Johnny Abarrientos (Alaska)
  • Rene Hawkins, Jr. (Alaska)
  • Jojo Lastimosa (Alaska)
  • Alvin Patrimonio (Purefoods)
  • Marlou Aquino (Ginebra)
  • Mythical Second Team:
  • Bal David (Ginebra)
  • Noli Locsin (Ginebra)
  • Jeffrey Cariaso (Alaska)
  • Benjie Paras (Shell)
  • Nelson Asaytono (San Miguel)
  • All Defensive Team:
  • Jerry Codiñera (Purefoods)
  • Chris Jackson (Sta. Lucia)
  • Johnny Abarrientos (Alaska)
  • Jeffrey Cariaso (Alaska)
  • Marlou Aquino (Ginebra)
  • Awards given by the PBA Press Corps

  • Coach of the Year: Earl Timothy Cone (Alaska)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Gilbert "Jun" Reyes, Jr. (Alaska)
  • Executive of the Year: Emilio Bernardino (PBA Commissioner)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Richie Ticzon (Shell)
  • Referee of the Year: Ogie Bernarte
  • References

    1996 PBA season Wikipedia