Paolo Mendoza

On: 17 September 2008

Jersey number: 8
Height/Weight: 5'11" 170 lbs.
Age: 30
Date of Birth: 22 April 1978
Hometown: Quezon City
Position: Guard
Years Pro: 8
College: University of the Philippines
Teams played for in the PBA: Sta. Lucia Realtors

Basketball Career:

Paolo Mendoza was a crack guard out of UP before drafted 1st overall in what would be the league’s weakest draft class (2000) by Sta. Lucia. He was once a dreaded scoring machine in the amateurs where he made 40 points a game as easy as it was eating breakfast. Despite all his exploits, he would lose the 2000 UAAP MVP plum to future Sta. Lucia teammate Gerard Francisco of the UST.

Because of his size, the Realtors molded Mendoza to be the team’s playmaker. This was one of the main reasons why many were not impressed by his performance in his first four years with the team. Nevertheless, he was one of the contributors that allowed the Realtors to capture the 2001 Governor’s Cup Championship.


At the start of 2005, the Sta. Lucia Realty playmaker was shifted temporarily back to the two-guard spot at the start of the season and he has taken to the job like duck to water, more often than not churning out the numbers that were expected of him.

The acquisition of Alex Cabagnot in 2006 and Ronnie Bughao prior to this season has enabled former Realtors Coach, Al Francis Chua, to permanently slide the Quezon City native to the shooting guard spot, a position he played in the amateurs and is more comfortable with.

This shows in the way Mendoza keeps contributing, even though Duremdes is SLR’s established starter at the two-spot.

The converted point guard started out in 30 of 36 games for Sta. Lucia and averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 assists last season. Mendoza also remained one of the league’s best marksman beyond the arc. He averaged two treys per game in the 2005-06 season, the third best among locals.

In the 2008 PBA Philippine Cup, Mendoza managed to 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 20.28 minutes on the floor. He also averaged 26.26 percent from beyond the arc.


2002 Sportsmanship Award

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