Wright on right track for Rookie of the Year

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 04, 2017 08:39 PM
Wright on right track for Rookie of the Year
NOT LEFT. Matthew Wright has been the standout among an impressive crop of rookies.

Without a doubt, Matthew Wright has made for himself a good first impression.

With per game counts of 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.2 steals, the Filipino-Canadian has been a big part of the rise of upstart Phoenix.

Once called the “mystery man” of the 2016 Draft, Wright has stolen and then seized the spotlight as the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year with 31.7 Statistical Points (SPs) after the elimination round of the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

The former ABL Asean Heritage import has been so impressive that the SPs he has compiled thus far is four more than Mac Belo, the most touted player in this year’s rookie class.

Blackwater’s Belo has 27.7 SPs built on averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.4 steals.

Following the top two are Jiovani Jalalon of Star with 23.2 SPs, RR Pogoy of TNT with 18.5 SPs, and Carl Bryan Cruz of Alaska with 16.2 SPs.

Unlike the Best Player of the Conference, which San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo is pacing, the Rookie of the Year race runs through the whole season.

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