June Mar Fajardo is nowhere to be found in the top 5 of the Best Player of the Conference race after the end of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elims. But it still not safe to say we’ll have a new BPC awardee come Game 4 of the Finals.
Fajardo, a 4-time winner of the award, appears to be a long shot to make it 3 in row as he is currently slumped at the 9th spot with only 28.1 SPs, no thanks to a knee injury that slowed him down this conference.
BPC race leader and rival Greg Slaughter (37.4 SPs) of Brgy. Ginebra holds a a huge 9.3-point gap between them.
Jayson Castro, who won the award in the same conference last year before Fajardo grabbed the next two, is at distant fourth with 30.3 SPs to show. The 2-time FIBA Asia Mythical member trails Slaughter, Calvin Abueva (33.6 SPs) and Terrence Romeo (33 SPs) with Sean Anthony (29.9 SPs) rounding up the top 5.
Romeo is expected to be bundled out from the race since GlobalPort did not advance to the playoffs.
If Brgy. Ginebra and Alaska go deeper in the playoffs, then it’s going to be a two-way race between Slaughter (18.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks) and Abueva, who is enjoying his best conference in the PBA with elimination averages of 18.1 markers, 8.0 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks
The only way for Fajardo to continue his streak is if San Miguel Beermen will advance past the Star Hotshots all the way to the finals and Brgy. Ginebra gets eliminated by Rain or Shine. In that case, the Kraken will have a shot of narrowing the gap in the statistical race between him and Slaughter.
The SPs are computed as follows:
- 1 SP for every point scored, rebound assist, steal and shot blocked
- 10 bonus points for every game won where the player played up to the semifinals
- 15 bonus points for every game won where the player played in the Finals
- Deduction of 1 SP for every turnover, 5 SP for every technical or flagrant foul without ejection, and 15 SP for any technical or flagrant foul that results in an ejection
Remember, the Statistical Points (SPs) only account for 40% of the computation with 30% coming from the media votes, another 25% from the players votes and the remaining 5% from the Commissioner’s Office. – By Alder Almo
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