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Arwind Santos

Arwind Santos

  • Team: San Miguel Beermen
  • Birth date: June 10, 1981
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  • Height: 6-4
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  • Draft (Year): 2006 - 2nd overall (Air21)
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(born June 10, 1981 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association playing for the San Miguel Beermen. He also played college hoops at Far Eastern University in the UAAP and the Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners in the Philippine Basketball League. Santos was selected second overall by the Air21 Express in the 2006 PBA Draft.

High School Career

Santos played for Lubao Institute during his high school career. In 2000, he became well known during zonal competitions because of his hardwork on the basketball court.

UAAP career

Santos arrived at the UAAP scene in 2002 with the FEU Tamaraws. With the Tamaraws struggling to enter the Final Four, Santos was still able to put a decent performance. One of the highlights of his freshman year was a game-tying three against eventual champion Ateneo Blue Eagles.

In 2003, Santos led the Tamaraws to the UAAP title for the first time in six seasons, sweeping the Blue Eagles in the process. Santos was a candidate to win the Most Valuable Player Award, but was beaten by University of the East star James Yap.

Santos would win the Most Valuable Player plum the next season (2004) but the Tamaraws lost to the De La Salle Green Archers in three crucial games. However, with the controversy that surrounded the Archers, the title was then awarded to the Morayta-based team.

In his last year (2005) in UAAP, he bagged the title by sweeping the anticipated championship rematch against the Green Archers. He then won the MVP in 2004 and Final's MVP in 2003 and 2005, Defensive Player of the Year award for two consecutive years. He became once the Most Improve Player in the past seasons. Being a part of the Mythical Team Selection constantly during his UAAP career.

He is the only player in the FEU Tamaraws that has his jersey retired. His jersey number 19 is retired and hanged at the rafters of the FEU Gym.
[edit] Philippine Basketball League

In 2003, Santos made his PBL debut for Viva Mineral Water, a team composed of fellow FEU teammates. After a slow start, he led the Water Force all the way to the PBL Unity Cup Finals, where they lost in five games to Hapee Toothpaste.

In 2004, Santos led Viva to its first PBL crown, defeating Welcoat Paints. He also won the PBL MVP during the Unity Cup. In 2006, he led Magnolia to the PBL Heroes Cup title, coming back from 0-2 deficit to defeat Welcoat Paints. Despite Magnolia's early exit in the 2006 Unity Cup, he was named to the Mythical Team in his final PBL conference.

Professional career

Santos during his tenure with the Air21 Express.

In the 2006 PBA Draft, Santos was selected second overall by the Air21 Express. He later signed a deal to play his first three seasons with the team, playing alongside Ranidel de Ocampo, Yancy de Ocampo, and KG Canaleta.

He ranked first among rookies in scoring during the Philippine Cup and almost led the Express to a quarterfinals appearance only to lose against the Sta. Lucia Realtors in a knockout match.

Santos was one of the leading contenders for the Rookie of the Year honors at the season's end with the likes of Sta. Lucia's Kelly Williams and Welcoat's Jay-R Reyes as among the possible winners. Kelly Williams eventually won the Rookie of the Year award.

In the 2008-2009 season, Santos averaged 16.7 points, 1.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

During the off season Arwind Santos finally got his wish to play for the San Miguel Beermen, the winningest team in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association. None among the officials confirmed the trade although a highly-placed source revealed that Santos shipped in exchange for two players – 6-foot-4 power forward Marc Pingris and 6-foot-6 sophomore Ken Bono, and San Miguel's 2010 first round pick.[1][2]

In the first round of the 2010-11 Philippine Cup, San Miguel compiled a 11-3 record while Santos averaged 16.6 points per game

International career

He also suited up for the Philippine National Team a couple of times under coach Chot Reyes in 2006 and coach Yeng Guiao in 2008.

In August 2010, Santos, along with other PBA players, was considered as a possible reinforcement for Smart Gilas, as the developmental Philippine national basketball team was looking to make the squad more competitive.[3]



* 2-Time UAAP Most Valuable Player
o 67th UAAP season
o 68th UAAP season
* 1-Time UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player
o 68th UAAP season

[edit] Philippine Basketball League

* 1-Time PBL Most Valuable Player
o 2004 PBL Unity Cup
* 1-Time PBL Mythical Team Member
o 2006 PBL Unity Cup

[edit] Philippine Basketball Association

* 2-Time PBA Mythical First Team Member
o 2007-2008 PBA Season
o 2008-2009 PBA Season
* 3-Time PBA All Defensive Team Member
o 2006-2007 PBA Season
o 2007-2008 PBA Season
o 2008-2009 PBA Season
* 1-Time PBA Defensive Player of the Year
o 2007-2008 PBA Season

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