Salaries of Filipino players in the Korean basketball league

The FILIPINOS have certainly taken Korea by storm with the advent of the Asian player quota in the Korea Basketball League (KBL).

And so far, these imports have not been shy about showing off their skills and proving that clubs have done well to secure their services.

With such a huge impact on the team’s campaigns, it’s no surprise that these players are also paid handsomely.

Korean website Jumpball revealed Pinoy talent salaries in the Land of the Morning Calm, as the league has certainly enjoyed the various spices brought in by our imports.

Among them, Rhenz Abando signed the most lucrative deal with him when he signed with Anyang KGC for 27 million KRW (9.75 million PHP) in his debut season.

The report even stated that Anyang was in danger of exceeding the fixed salary cap of KRW 2.6 billion (PHP 106.97 million) just to get his hands on the former NCAA MVP out of Letran.


Not far behind was Justin Gutang who signed a KRW 213 million (PHP 8.76 million) deal with Changwon LG Sakers. He has yet to make his debut this season.

Fil-Am guard Ethan Alvano rewarded Wonju DB Promy with his superb play, earning every penny of his KRW 200 million (PHP 8.22 million) contract.

RJ Abarrientos, however, has been the best bang for the buck so far, sniper Gilas Pilipinas entering the MVP conversation in just six games while leading Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus. He signed a KRW 193 million (PHP 7.94 million) contract ahead of the season.

Seoul Samsung Thunders signed Fil-Am center Christian David to a KRW 140 million (PHP 5.75 million) deal after talks with William Navarro stalled, while Daegu KOGAS Pegasus signed wing general SJ Belangel for a KRW 132 million (PHP 5.43 million) deal.

Certainly, Korean clubs did their homework as they knew securing Filipino talent was a surefire way to boost their team’s campaigns this season.


Compare that to the only non-Filipino player to sign under the Asian player quota in Japanese guard Moriguchi Hisashi who agreed to a KRW 60 million (PHP 2.46 million) deal with the Goyang Carrot Jumpers and the difference is very clear.

With such high pay, it’s no surprise that interest in importing Pinoy overseas is at an all-time high.

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