For most PBA players, a trade can be the start of something new. Some have seen their game reach another level after getting traded.
Here's a list of players who rose to stardom after being shipped to a different team. To narrow down our choices, we only included active players in our selection.
Vic Manuel (Air21 to Alaska)
Before being dubbed as the "Muscle Man," Vic Manuel was somewhat of a journeyman early in his career. Within his first two years in the league, he suited up for three different teams (GlobalPort, Meralco, and Air21) before being shipped to the Alaska Aces in 2014.
After a subpar 2014-2015 season, Manuel's numbers jumped the year after. From averaging 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, he posted 13.7 points and 6.2 boards the following season. By the end of 2018, he was awarded Mr. Quality Minutes and received an Order of Merit.
Manuel is currently one of Alaska's premier players and one of the top power forwards in the league. It's also no surprise that he got the opportunity to be part of Gilas Pilipinas team that won gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Ranidel de Ocampo (Air21 to TNT)
Ranidel de Ocampo's career turned a corner in the middle of the 2008-2009 Philippine Cup when he suited up for Talk 'N Text. After playing nearly four years with the Air21 franchise, he was traded for Don Allado. He made an immediate impact with his new team that same conference, helping the Tropang Texters defeat Alaska in the finals. It was the first of six Talk 'N Text titles for RDO in a seven-year span that included a myriad of accolades.
In his near decade-long tenure with TNT, De Ocampo became a Hall of Fame forward. He was a reliable rebounder and defender. On offense, he didn't blow past defenders with speed or agility, but with smarts and savviness. His pick-and-roll game paired well with his adept outside shooting.
RDO even went beyond PBA stardom and burst into national relevance as part of the Gilas Pilipinas program. He was one of the cornerstones of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship silver medal run, as well as the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup bronze finish.
Joe Devance (Alaska to San Mig Coffee)
After a rocky exit with Alaska, Joe Devance found a new home with the Purefoods franchise in 2011. Though he already won one title with the Aces in the 2010 Fiesta Conference, he catapulted himself into stardom as part of the San Mig Coffee Grand Slam team in the 2013-2014 PBA season.
As a 6-foot-7 forward, Devance didn't overpower opponents, but played with purpose and precision. He could do a little bit of everything which made him a perfect complement to Tim Cone's system. He could read defenses and react accordingly, which were necessary attributes under the triangle offense.
After Devance's fruitful four-year stint with San Mig Coffee, he continued to win alongside the most popular team in the league with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He is without a doubt a winner, having won a total of 10 titles with three different franchises in a span of a decade. Success follows wherever he goes.
Chris Ross (Meralco to San Miguel)
Chris Ross simply flew under the radar in his first four years in the league. Though he was far from being a nobody -- being drafted third overall in 2009 -- a lot of people didn't know about his game nor his potential. After playing for the Coca-Cola Tigers and Sta. Lucia Realtors, his game slowly blossomed when he became part of the Meralco franchise. He showed flashes of brilliance during his brief stint with the Bolts, including his first career triple-double. However, in October 2013, he was traded to the San Miguel franchise in exchange for Denok Miranda.
Ross' career then took a meteoric rise and has since been immortalized in San Miguel lore. Since getting traded, Ross has garnered eight championships, two finals MVP awards, five All-Star selections, one Mythical First Team nod, two Defensive Player of the Year awards, and five All-Defensive Team selections. He was named Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup and received the Most Improved Player award by the end of that season.
The accolades surely speak for themselves, but it's also worth noting that Ross' game has grown by leaps and bounds that go beyond the hardware. You could always count on his playmaking and defense and he worked his way to vastly improve his shooting, decision-making, and leadership. He is a tenacious competitor that has made him one of SMB's best.