PBA: Durham makes history with 3rd Best Import award
Paul Lintag on Jan 15, 2020 07:01 PM
Durham’s third Best Import award puts him at solo second just behind the late, great Bobby Parks Sr., who won an incredible seven Best Import awards. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Allen Durham has made his case as one of the best imports in the PBA ever.
In his fourth straight year with the Meralco Bolts in the Governors’ Cup, Durham has been named Best Import anew, moving him to second all-time with most Best Import awards in league history.
Durham’s third Best Import award puts him at solo second just behind the late, great Bobby Parks Sr., who won an incredible seven Best Import awards.
Billy Ray Bates, Derrick Brown, Gabe Freeman, Jerald Honeycutt, Ken Redfield, AZ Reid, and Durham’s coach at Meralco Norman Black, all have two Best Imports award each.
Durham remains as the Bolts’ rock and him leading the team to a third Governors’ Cup Finals in four seasons, all while pretty much getting his usual numbers and then some, made him a near-unanimous choice as winner.
AD beat out longtime Finals rival Justin Brownlee for the award while TNT’s KJ McDaniels was third in the final tally.
Durham went for 29.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on his way to 1,170 points in the final tally.
Brownlee, a close second with 937 points, averaged 29.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
With a third Best Import in hand, the only thing missing really in Durham’s PBA career is a championship.
He’s working on that with Meralco right now but Brownlee and the Gin Kings once again stand in their way. Ginebra leads the Governors’ Cup Finals, 2-1, entering Game 4.
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