Gary David is an Filipino Professional basketball player, currently playing at shooting guard for the Coca-Cola Tigers in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He can play dual position with either guard or forward, and living with the monicker Mr. Pure Energy. He is widely perceived as one of the greatest scorers in the history of the PBA.
David first entered the PBA in 2004 and was the tenth overall draft pick by the Coca-Cola Tigers. He played one season for the Tigers where he had limited minutes. He was then shifted to Air21 and the rest is history.
He was considered a major steal in the 2005 mid season after Air21 got him. David brought high energy to Air21’s running game and led the Express to a third place finish in the 31st PBA Fiesta Conference. David exploded for 19 points to carry Air21 to its first-ever Final Four appearance after upsetting the Darvin Ham-led Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals, 117-110, in Game 5 of the quarterfinals on January 20, 2006 in Antipolo City.
If not for an elbow injury, David was on the verge of having an impressive season and probably an MVP award to boot. Despite several injuries in the past, David took the cudgels as the team’s go-to-guy after former franchise player Renren Ritualo was shipped to Talk ‘N Text and the energetic Ronald Tubid to Ginebra.
The 2003 PBL MVP played under Moñtana Pawnshop and emerged from being an effective role player to superstar status after improving his numbers where he also captured various awards.