Beermen of San Miguel June Mar S. Fajardo (born November 17, 1989) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Philippine Basketball Association's San Miguel Beermen (PBA). He is also nicknamed as "The Kraken" because to his enormous stature and dexterity versus opposing large guys.
He originally came from Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippine Collegiate Athletic System (PCAS). In 2007, he won the NCAA Championship with Ginebra while playing under coach Alfrancis Chua. After graduating from college, he joined the PBA and played for several teams before joining San Miguel in 2010.
In his first season with San Miguel, he was named Rookie of the Year after posting 6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He led the Beermen to a playoff berth by finishing fourth place in the conference standings. In 2011-12, Fajardo continued to be one of the top defenders in the PBA, this time in a more limited role due to an ankle injury that kept him out of some games. He still managed to post 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
Fajardo signed a three-year contract extension with San Miguel on January 24, 2013. He had earlier announced his retirement from professional basketball but changed his mind after talks with San Miguel management.
1. June Fajardo, Mar June Mar Fajardo, born on November 17th, 1989, is the most popular and spectacular PBA player that earns the greatest money from the game. He is the highest-paid Filipino professional basketball player in the country. His salary is $ 100,000 per month.
Fajardo started playing basketball at the age of 6. When he was 11 years old, he joined the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he played until 2014 when his career ended due to a knee injury. In 2015, he returned to court for two games before retiring for good this year. He is now one of the best power forwards in the league who often scores over 20 points per game.
During his time with San Miguel, Fajardo won three championships: 2009, 2010, and 2011. In addition, he was named Finals MVP each time. Before joining San Miguel, he played for Magnolia during which he won the 2006 championship.
As a rookie in 2008, Fajardo was elected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the PBA Rookie Cup after averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
He is currently ranked number 2 behind Hakeem Olajuwon for most wins by a foreign player.
Prior to joining the PBA, Reyes played in the National Basketball Conference (NBC) and for the Cebuana Lhuillier-sponsored national squad in 2005. During the PBL's 2007 Conference Awards, he was awarded the Fantastic Freshman.
Reyes made his debut on March 17, 2008 against San Miguel at the Araneta Coliseum with Cebu City as his host club. He came off the bench in the second half and scored 11 points while grabbing five rebounds. In his first professional game, he had four steals. He ended up with two blocks in that contest.
After impressing coaches during the PBA D-League Conference, Reyes was drafted fourth overall by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. He signed a three-year contract with the team on February 12, 2009.
He made his official debut with Rain or Shine on April 15, 2009 against Red Bull Manila in a game that was held at the University of Santo Tomas' Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Elasto Painters won that match 88-72. Reyes scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in just under 14 minutes of action.
He ended up making an immediate impact for Rain or Shine. Not only did he become one of the team's top players, but he also helped them win their first championship after defeating Red Bull in seven games.
Player information Despite dominating the rookie statistical race, he was disqualified, and his namesake (but unrelated) Marte Saldana of San Miguel won instead. At the time, he was reported to be the PBA's youngest player, having joined at the age of 17. However, research by PBA.net has since shown that he was actually born on January 4, 1992, making him only 18 years old.
Marte Saldana played in the PBA during the 1999-2000 season when he was still a student at De La Salle University. He played for the San Miguel Beermen then known as just "San Miguel".
He appeared in only six games, averaging 8.3 points per game, before leaving the league after one season to concentrate on school work. He returned to play again in 2004 and has been with the Magnolia Hotshots since then. He currently plays the center position.
In addition to being named the PBA's youngest player, Saldana was also chosen as its most underrated player of the decade. He finished second in voting for the PBA's MVP award behind Ramon Fernandez of Purefoods.
Saldana has recently announced that he will not continue playing for the country anymore, but rather move on to play in the NBA. He has expressed his desire to play for the Chicago Bulls or the Los Angeles Lakers.
June Mar Fajardo is the current holder of the title as of March 2020, his sixth consecutive MVP award since 2014. He plays for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Fajardo turned pro in 2003 and was immediately named a rookie leader. In his first season, he averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Over the years, he has been one of the most efficient scorers in basketball with a.500 or better field goal percentage every year except 2011 when he had a career-low 40.5%. His ability to find the basket has been called "unstoppable" by some journalists.
Fajardo won his first MVP award in 2004 after posting averages of 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He was also named captain by head coach Nenad Vucevic that year. In 2005, Fajardo became only the second player in PBA history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists during their career. He finished with those numbers last year as well. In June 2006, Fajardo signed a three-year contract extension with San Miguel worth $750,000 annually.