Team: Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Birth date: Dec 30, 1977
Draft (Year): 2003 draft, 10th overall TnT
College / University:
Cal State-San Bernardino
Jim Olmedo Alapag (born December 30, 1977), better known as Jimmy Alapag, is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was named the 2003 PBA Rookie of the Year, where he led the Phone Pals to the All-Filipino Championship.
A perennial member of the Philippine national basketball team, the 5 foot 9 playmaker is considered to be one of the most explosive point guards the Philippines has produced.
NCAA careerJimmy Alapag, born and raised in Upland, California, was one of the biggest three-point threats in the NCAA Division II during 1999-2000 season. He had an average of 4.70 assist per game which made him the 6th player in the California State, Bernardino to make it to the record books. During his NCAA Career, he was selected one of the players into the Second Team in NABC NCAA Division II West Region.
2002 RP Training PoolIn 2002, the Philippine National Team, composed mainly of PBA players, were formed for the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. Alapag was discovered in the United States and was sent to the country as part of the pool. He made his debut during a 2002 PBA Governor's Cup game for the Selecta RP Team, one of two RP Pool team that played in the said conference. However, in his only game as a non-PBA player, he suffered an injury and was eventually cut from the pool.
PBA careerAfter spending the last few months in the US, he applied for the 2003 PBA Draft, one of the deepest pools in PBA history. Expected to be selected in the top five, he was selected in the latter portion of the first round by Talk 'N Text. With the selection, the Phone Pals added a point guard that was lacking in the team for the last few years.
In his first season, Alapag shared a tandem with star Asi Taulava and led the Phone Pals all the way to the 2003 PBA All-Filipino Cup championship with a 4-2 victory over the Coca-Cola Tigers.
After the championship, he continued his brilliant play as the Phone Pals' starting point guard and was named the Rookie of the Year at season's end. He also played in the All-Star Game as a rookie for the Commissioner's team.
As a rookie, he was also named to the PBA Mythical First Team.
In the 2004-05 season, Alapag would lead Talk 'N Text to two finals appearance and shared co-MVP honors with teammate Taulava in the All-Star Game in Cebu as the South All-Stars defeated the North.
His consistent play continued in the 2005-06 season despite Talk 'N Text failing to enter the finals. He played in the 2005 All-Star Game in Ilocos Norte and the 2006 edition in Cagayan de Oro.
Playing StyleJimmy is well known for his lethal 3 pointers. He sinks treys way beyond the arc. He is also a prolific slasher dishing out to teammates or getting his points most of the time from the free throw line.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|2003||Talk 'N Text||54||37.6||.222||.354||.753||6.5||7.1||.9||.1||14.5|
|2004-05||Talk 'N Text||77||34.0||.407||.360||.764||5.5||5.9||.6||.1||14.3|
|2005-06||Talk 'N Text||41||35.2||.382||.335||.786||5.4||8.1||.6||.0||13.1|
|2006-07||Talk 'N Text||28||31.2||.420||.347||.741||4.9||6.9||.5||.0||11.5|
|2007-08||Talk 'N Text||39||30.8||.421||.361||.797||6.0||6.0||.6||.0||13.5|
|2008-09||Talk 'N Text||46||31.7||.407||.401||.823||3.8||5.1||.6||.0||14.8|
|2009-10||Talk 'N Text||35||31.8||.412||.358||.821||2.6||6.0||.4||.1||14.5|
Philippine national teamAlapag played for Team Pilipinas in the 2005 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup and the 2005 Brunei Cup when they won the title. In 2006, he played during the exhibition game against the Dennis Rodman-led US team and against the Lebanon national team. And in 2007, he once again played for the national team that competed in the Olympic-qualifier FIBA Asia Championship 2007 and was the team's spiritual leader. The following are some of his contributions to the 2007 RP Team:
- lead team in scoring with 16.0 per game(9th in the tournament)
- lead team in assists with 2.8 per game(6th in the tournament)
- lead team in 3PT-FG% with 42.49% in 12 of 28 shooting(11th in the tournament)
- man rensponsible for the top 2 best scoring performance in a game by any player in the team, scoring 32 points vs Syria(10th in the tournament) and scoring 25 vs China(24th in the tournament).
- 1999-2000 Second Team in NABC NCAA Division II West Region.
- 1999-2000 Averaged 4.70 APG w/c made him the 6th player in the California State, Bernardino to make it to the record books.
- 2003 PBA Rookie of the Year(2002 10th overall pick)
- 2003 PBA Mythical First Team
- 2003 PBA All-Filipino Cup Champion
- 2003 PBA All-Star Weekend 3-PT Shootout Champ
- 2004-2005 PBA Mythical First Team
- 2004 PBA All-Star Game co-MVP(Asi Taulava)
- 2005 PBA All-Star Weekend 3-PT Shootout Champ
- 2009 PBA Philippine Cup Champion
- 2003 PBA All-Star (Commissioner's All-Stars)
- 2004 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2005 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2006 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2007 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2008 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2009 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)
- 2009 PBA All-Star (PBA vs Powerade RP Team)
- 2010 PBA All-Star (South All-stars)