PBA: So who wins Best Import in the Governors' Cup?

Paul Lintag on Oct 30, 2018 07:06 AM
PBA: So who wins Best Import in the Governors' Cup?
An official breakdown of the Best Import race is yet to be revealed by the league though its safe to say that this should be one of the closest in recent memory.

While he's never actually won a Best Import award in the Governors' Cup, there's simply no doubt that Justin Brownlee has been the best reinforcement in the PBA since 2016.

Still, it's not that Brownlee was never rewarded with a Best Import award in his three years in the league so far.

Brownlee finally added the elusive award to his collection this season though it came in the Commissioner's Cup, not exactly the conference he was originally recruited for.

His quest for a maiden Best Import award in the Governors' Cup in 2018 is not a sure thing either despite the fact that he has the Gin Kings in position for a deep title run.

Brownlee has a list of challengers for the Best Import award for the 2018 Governors' Cup led by imports set to compete in the playoffs as they go after defending champion Ginebra for the title.

"[Eugene] Phelps, he's a beast. He's been a beast for the past few years in this league. Bill Walker, he's done an incredible [job with Blackwater]," Brownlee said as he started to list down the standout imports this conference, aside from himself.

"Kevin Murphy, I see what he's been doing. He's been putting up big numbers. Even Mike Harris has been incredible this conference," he added.

Curiously enough, Brownlee didn't mention old rival Allen Durham. You know, the reigning two-time Best Import in the Governors' Cup.

The race for the Best Import award of the 2018 Governors' Cup should be as tight as the playoff race.

Brownlee is averaging 31.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists for the champion Gin Kings as they look to lock up the number 1 overall seed.

El Destructor Eugene Phelps is going for 31.1 points, 18.5 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks for Phoenix. Henry Walker has averages of 25. 7 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists for the Elite.

Alaska's Mike Harris is putting up 29.8 points and 21.7 rebounds per game while Kevin Murphy has a cool 31.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists stat line.

While the Bolts have struggled with their form and are actually on the brink of elimination, Allen Durham is certainly doing his part, putting up 27.0 points, 17.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists for Meralco.

Former Best Import Romeo Travis shouldn't be discounted as well as he still has averages of 22.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for the Hotshots.

An official breakdown of the Best Import race is yet to be revealed by the league though its safe to say that this should be one of the closest in recent memory.

But Brownlee and the Gin Kings are welcoming all challengers.

"It's not gonna be easy for us," Brownlee said.

"But we will try our hardest," he added.

 

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