At 6-foot-4, Pingris plays both forward positions as well as the center position. He is noted for his aggressiveness in rebounding, hustle and his ferocious one-on-one defensive plays usually aimed at the opposing team's top honcho.
Pingris also played in various leagues like the Philippine Basketball League (PBL,) the premier amateur basketball league in the Philippines and the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA,) a league once considered as the top rival of the PBA. During his stint in the PBL, Pingris suited up for the Welcoat Franchise.
During the 2004 PBA draft, Pingris was selected by the Fedex Express as the third overall pick of the said draft ahead the likes of scoring ace Gary David, versatile bigman Ranidel de Ocampo and towering center Sonny Thoss.
In his rookie year playing for Fedex, Pingris played meager minutes but was still able to produce decent numbers. Hence, upon being traded to Purefoods, Pingris game blossomed as he became the "defense minister" playing back-up to established stars James Yap and Kerby Raymundo.
Pingris won the 2005-2006 Philippine Cup Finals MVP along with a Mythical Second Team Selection, Most Improved Player and the Defensive Player of the Year awards during that same year.
Sakuragi and Pingris in common
|Best in rebounds "hari ng rebound"|
Goodluck to Mark Pingris and the Bmeg Derby Ace Llamados for their campaign in 37th season of PBA