Even with SMB out, Fajardo still leads BPC stats; Durham paces Best Import race

October 10, 2017

by: JC Ansis

File photo (PBA Media Bureau)
File photo (PBA Media Bureau)

 

The Kraken still has the highest statistical point total in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup.

San Miguel Beermen star June Mar Fajardo remains the statistical leader for the season-ending conference, based on the stats released by the league through the end of the semifinals.

Fajardo, a three-time MVP, is still in front with of the pack with 38.455 statistical points (SPs) with averages of 18.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

Trailing Fajardo in second is Jayson Castro, who normed 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists for TNT this conference, with 33.563 SPs.

Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, who is playing in his first conference back since sustaining an injury in September 2016, came in third with 32.625 SPs. Meralco’s Chris Newsome and SMB’s Arwind Santos round out the top five with 30.875 and 30.583 SPs.

Completing the top 10 are Ginebra’s LA Tenorio (30.188 SPs), GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (29.444), Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (29.000), Meralco’s Baser Amer (28.867) and SMB’s Alex Cabagnot (28.500).

However, with SMB’s early elimination, the race for BPC has most likely narrowed down to  a choice among Slaughter, Castro, and Newsome. Statistics form just part of the selection process as votes from players, media and a four-man league committee will also be tallied. Voters usually favor players whose teams go deep into the playoffs.

As far as imports are concerned, Meralco’s Allen Durham is on pace to win his second Bobby Parks Best Import trophy.

Durham, who also won the award in last season’s Governors’ Cup after leading the Bolts to their first finals appearance in franchise history, ranked first among the imports this conference with 58.875 SPs.

He averaged 25.4 points, on top of 20.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists — which were best among imports.

Phoenix’s Brandon Brown placed second in the race with 54.5 SPs, while Blackwater’s Henry Walker is in third with 54.1 SPs. GlobalPort import Murphey Holloway (53.222 SPs) and NLEX’s Aaron Fuller (49.500 SPs) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Justin Brownlee, the other import still playing in the Governors’ Cup, came in sixth with 48.875 SPs after averaging 24.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists for Barangay Ginebra so far this conference.

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