FOR a record 10 straight year, two-time PBA MVP James Yap has been voted as part of the starting unit of the annual All-Star game.
Yap was chosen as one of starters for the PBA All-Star selection set to play the Gilas Pilipinas squad during the 2013 edition of the mid-season spectacle to be held in Digos, Davao Del Sur on May 5.
Joining the San Mig stalwart in the starting five of coach Luigi Trillo are the Ginebra duo of Mark Caguioa and rookie Chris Ellis, Arwind Santos of Petron, and Alaska freshman Calvin Abueva.
Yap is the first and only player so far to be start in 10 straight All-Star Games since entering the league as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 Draft, according to PBA statistics head Fidel Mangonon III.
Completing the roster of PBA All-Star selection as chosen by league coaches are Petron players Alex Cabagnot, Jay Washington, and Marcio Lassiter, Cyrus Baguio and JV Casio of Alaska, Air21’s KG Canaleta, and Beau Belga of Rain or Shine.
Abueva, Ellis, Canaleta, and Belga are first time All-Stars.
The selection plays the national team of coach Chot Reyes currently training for the Fiba-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship set in August in Manila.
Naturalized player Marcus Douthit leads the Gilas Pilipinas training pool alongside Ginebra’s LA Tenorio, Globalport’s Gary David and Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine, June Mar Fajardo of Petron, Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee, Alaska’s Sonny Thoss, and Talk `N Text stalwarts Larry Fonacier, Jimmy Alapag, Ranidel de Ocampo, Kelly Williams, Jayson Castro, and Jared Dillinger.
Big man Greg Slaughter is the only member of the cadet team to be included in the roster.
Also part of the All-Star festivities is the PBA Stalwarts vs. PBA Greats game featuring past players teaming up with active ones.
Leading the PBA Greats are Dondon Hontiveros, Mark Cardona, Mike Cortez, Josh Urbiztondo, Peter June Simon, Joe Devance, Noli Locsin, John Cardel, Rodney Santos, Vince Hizon, Jerry Codinera, and Bong Hawkins.
The PBA Stalwarts meanwhile, will be bannered by former MVPs Kenneth Duremdes and Benjie Paras together with Ronjay Buenafe, Ronald Tubid, Chris Tiu, JC Intal, Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz, Glenn Capacio, Dickie Bachmann, Art dela Cruz, and Topex Robinson.