June Mar Fajardo, the most dominant tall man the Filipino basketball association has ever seen, is again on the way to winning another best player in the BPC race, though this governors' cup derby with the whole Front could get tight from the race for the title.
The San Miguel cornerstone, who also won the Most Valuable Player Award for the sixth time in a row, was eliminated with San Miguel Beer in the quarter-finals with a statistical average of 38.8 points and was undoubtedly the rookie of the year by CJ Perez from Columbian turned 37.2 SPs to finish a very close second.
The 6-foot-11 fajardo had an average of 19.3 points, 14.0 ricochets, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in the season-ending tournament before getting the shoe in the quarter-finals.
NorthPort's new star and franchise player, the former Fajardo substitute at San Miguel Christian Standhardinger, reached 35.1 SP and could have a big impact on the vote as Batang Pier after leaving the Final Four against Barangay Ginebra went deeper in the playoffs.
While the door was shown to the beers in the quarter-finals, Pérez & # 39; Dyip failed to survive the knockouts, and this has put a strain on voting in the past.
Kiefer Ravena from NLEX, who only returned to the PBA during the Governors & # 39; Cup after a Fiba ban, had 34.5 and finished fourth. TNT playmaker Jayson Castro, the BPC winner of the Commissioner’s Cup, completed the list with 31.6 candidates.
Interestingly, neither player of the two protagonists in this tournament's title showdown – Barangay Ginebra and Meralco – made it to the top 5, a first since the league institutionalized the plum in 1994.
However, the best import competition will have familiar faces – Justin Brownlee and Allen Durham, the Gin Kings, and the Bolts' resident reinforcements.
KJ McDaniels, whose KaTropa squad missed the final, is just 58.6 points ahead of Brownlee and Durham. The Ginebra ace averaged 57.2 while the Meralco workhorse was 56.9.
Fajardo, whose beer again missed a rare triple crown sweep, was the BPC of the Philippine Cup.
Castro registered a norm of 14.9 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals.
The bottom half of the BPC's top 10 includes Stanley Pringle (30.8 SPs) from NorthPort, Roger Pogoy (30.4) from TNT, Japeth Aguilar (29.9) from Ginebra, Chris Newsome (29, 8) by Meralco and Ian by Gin King, LA Tenorio and Magnolia Sangalang rounds off the cast (28.0).
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