Rommel Niño Canaleta
is a Filipino
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player of Filipino-American descent. He currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings
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in the Philippine Basketball Association
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. A 6'5", 200-pound
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, he is fondly called by nicknames like KG
, The Big Ticket
, and The Da Vinci of Dunk
. He won the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 PBA Slam Dunk Contests and led the Air21 Express to a third-place finish in the 2006 PBA Philippine Cup
About The Player
He made a serious run for the Rookie of the Year honors with an impressive Philippine Cup campaign where he averaged 16.2 points per game, No. 1 among rookies and seventh in the tournament among locals. But a so-so performance in the Fiesta Conference and two finals stints of Red Bull made Larry Fonacier
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a no-brainer for the award.
Canaleta is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions in the league with his jaw-dropping, never-seen slams by a local player. The 6-6 forward was a back-to-back-to-back winner of the Slam-Dunk competition, both by convincing fashion. He was ranked number 2 in scoring among rookies during his rookie year with 9.4 points per outing. Cañaleta was the first Philippine Basketball Association player to become a 4-time PBA Slamdunk Champion.He was also awarded by the PBA to be the Mr. Quality Minutes Player in 2010.
- Mr. Quality Minutes Award (2010)
- Four-time PBA Slam Dunk Champion (2005, 2006, 2007,2010)
- PBA All Rookie First Team (2005-2006)
- Scored a record 38 Points in the PBA Rookie Game