A lean, fighting machine from Koronadal, South Cotabato, Kenneth Duremdes came to the Philippine Basketball League with solid credentials.
Kenneth Duremdes is a 6 ft 3 (1.91 m) and 195 lb (88 kg) guard who is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Coca-Cola Tigers. Nicknamed as Captain Marbel, Duremdes was also a former PBA Most Valuable Player in 1998, and a former member of the Philippine national basketball team.
A lean, fighting machine from Koronadal City (formerly Marbel), Kenneth Duremdes came to the PBL with solid credentials.
One of Adamson U's finest, Duremdes immediately gave basketball fans a glimpse of his talent, earning Rookie of the Year honors with Burger Machine back in 1993.
Under the tutelage of coach Perry Ronquillo, Duremdes turned from a raw cager into a fearless slasher, and was instrumental in giving Burger Machine a championship in 1994.
After two years with the PBL, Duremdes moved on to the PBA and was picked third in the Draft in 1995.
In 1995, Duremdes was selected by the Sunkist Orange Juicers in the rookie draft. He had a solid season for Sunkist as his team won the All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cup titles despite playing a limited role behind 1995 MVP Vergel Meneses, Bonel Balingit, Nelson Asaytono and Boybits Victoria.
However, Duremdes would find himself on the bench for most of his time with the then-renamed Pop Cola 800s despite the departure of Asaytono from the team. After languishing on the bench, Pop Cola traded him to the Alaska Aces for Dwight Lago and Bryant Punzalan.
After his arrival with the 1996 Grandslam champions, Duremdes' career took a big rise. He had a strong showing the Milkmen's Governors Cup title conquest of Purefoods.
In 1998, Duremdes led Alaska to the All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cup titles during the said year. He also won the Commissioners Cup Best Player honors. Before leading the Philippines to a bronze-medal finish in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Duremdes was named as the league's Most Valuable Player at age 24.
He would continue to have a MVP numbers from 1999-2000, in which he led the Milkmen to the 2000 All-Filipino title. After becoming a free agent, he signed a reported 48 million peso to stay with the Aces in 2001, despite offers from teams such as the Mobiline Phone Pals. With Alaska focusing itself on rebuilding the team, Duremdes became the top man for the Aces along with young players John Arigo and Ali Peek. In 2002, he would play for the country in the Busan Asian Games, becoming one of the most notable players on the squad. However, the squad failed to win a medal in the said event. Duremdes would lead Alaska to a runner-up finish in the season-ending All-Filipino Conference.
In 2000, he became a member of the PBA's 25 Greatest Player's List, the youngest of the group.
Sta. Lucia Realtors
In 2003, Duremdes was surprisingly traded from Alaska to the Sta. Lucia Realtors for a future first round pick (which turned out to be Brandon Cablay). The trade stunned everyone in attendance and made the Realtors one of the formidable contenders to win a PBA crown with the trio of Duremdes, Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino. Despite big numbers in his first season with Sta. Lucia, he failed to lead the squad to a single championship. However, in the 2003 All-Star, he led the Commissioners All-Star to a win over the Governors team after scoring a buzzer-beating layup in the final seconds.
Injuries hampered Duremdes in the 2004 Fiesta Conference, but still played in the All-Star Game. He only played for 47 games that year as several more nagging injuries affected him. Duremdes saw action in the TM Legends Game, pitting several members of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players. In the 2005-2006 season, Duremdes would saw limited action due to injuries, as well as his limited playing minutes. In last Philippine Cup, he led all scorers with 22 Points-per-game.
Duremdes would then be traded to Coca-Cola along with Alex Cabagnot and Ricky Calimag for Manny Ramos and Dennis Miranda.
Philippine national team
He was a member of the 1994 national team, averaging 3.5 ppg
In 1998, Duremdes became a part of the Philippine Centennial Team for the Bangkok Asian Games. He had outstanding numbers against teams from Asia and led the country to a bronze-medal finish. The country also won the Jones Cup in Taiwan that same year. he led all scorer in 1998 asian games and 1998 jones cup averaging 11.9 PPG / 17.3 ppg
Duremdes also was part of the 2002 team, bound for Busan, but finished fourth in the Asian Games.
He is a 3 time national team player
Philippine Basketball Association
- 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player
- PBA All-Star (9)
- PBA Mythical Team Member (5)
- PBA's 25 Greatest Player's Member
Philippine Basketball League
- Member of the 20 Greatest PBL Players
- MVP award 1993
- 1993 Burger Machine (champion)
- MVP finals
Philippine National Team
- 1998 Asian Games Bronze Medalist
- Member of the 1998 Jones Cup Champion Centennial Team
PBA all time records
- Third most triples shot made 10 (3rd in pba)
- Eighth most points scored scored in 1 game 43 (4th in pba)
- Back to back 10 triples (1st in pba)
- Back to back 40 points (2nd in pba)