Monday, September 10, 2007
MVP Year(s): 1996 (Alaska)
College: Far Eastern University
He loved to dance. That's what he told to anybody who was willing to listen to him at the start of his career. The diminutive Abarrientos incorporated his dancing skills with his basketball talent and emerged as Asia's finest point guard. He could beat opponents with a quick first step or pop up for a jumper.
But the 5-8 former Far Eastern standout is at his deadliest when directing Alaska's intricate offense. His ability to spot the open man is uncanny and his defensive awareness is so high, bigger guards have a lot of trouble taking advantages of his size. In 1996, after steering Alaska to only the league's fourth triple crown, he became the shortest player ever to take home the MVP trophy.