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Benjie Paras
Paras playing at the 2010 NBA Asia Challenge held at Araneta Coliseum
San Beda Red Lions
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born October 2, 1968 (1968-10-02) (age 52)
Caloocan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
High school San Beda College
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College University of the Philippines
PBA Draft 1989 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Formula Shell
Pro career 1989–2003
Career history
As player:
1989–2002 Shell Turbo Chargers
2002–2003 San Miguel Beermen
As coach:
2012–present San Beda Red Lions (assistant)
2019–present UP Fighting Maroons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
  • 4x PBA champion (1990 First, 1992 First, 1998 Governors', 1999 All-Filipino)
  • 2× PBA Most Valuable Player (1989, 1999)
  • PBA Rookie of the Year (1989)
  • PBA Comeback Player of the Year (1999)
  • PBA Best Player of the Conference (1999 All-Filipino)
  • PBA Finals Most Valuable Player (1998 Governors')
  • 5× PBA Mythical First Team (1989–1991, 1995, 1999)
  • 3× PBA Mythical Second Team (1992, 1994, 1996)
  • 10× PBA All-Star (1989–1992, 1994–1999)
  • 2× PBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1994, 1999)
  • PBA Slam Dunk Team Co-champion (1995)
  • PBA Hall of Famer (Class of 2013)
  • PBA 25 Greatest Players of All Time
  • 40 PBA Greatest Players

Venancio Johnson Paras Jr. (born October 2, 1968), better known as Benjie Paras, is a Filipino actor, comedian, and a retired professional basketball player who played for Shell Turbo Chargers and San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He is the only PBA player to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, in a single season (1989). As its star center, Paras led the Shell Turbo Chargers to championship titles. He is also an assistant coach for the San Beda Red Lions.

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