PBA: June Mar closing in on record 6th MVP award

Paul Lintag on Jan 28, 2020 11:37 AM
PBA: June Mar closing in on record 6th MVP award
Fajardo led the PBA's recently-concluded 44th season in statistical points, finishing with an incredible 39.6 SPs. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

The unstoppable force that is June Mar Fajardo is closing in on a record 6th straight PBA Most Valuable Player award.

Fajardo led the PBA's recently-concluded 44th season in statistical points, finishing with an incredible 39.6 SPs.

That's over six points over his second contender, who happens to be CJ Perez. Columbian's no. 1 rookie finished with 33.47 SPs.

Northport's Sean Anthony (33.46), Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle (31.8) and TNT’s RR Pogoy (31.7) finished third, fourth and fifth in the stats race, thus, putting themselves in good positions to make the Mythical Selections.

Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (29.9) came at seventh, followed by Wright (29.0), Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang (28.7) and SMB’s Moala Tautuaa (27.5) complete the top-10.

While June Mar should be on track for a 6th MVP award, which extends his lead in the all-time race, this season was perhaps his hardest battle yet.

The San Miguel star won Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup. Jayson Castro won BPC in the Commissioner's Cup and June Mar's former teammate, Christian Standhardinger, won BPC in the Governors' Cup.

Castro, who is 6th in statistical points at 31.5 SPs, was widely seen as June Mar's strongest contender for the MVP this year.

The Blur, with Standhardinger (26.7 SPs) and Perez, should be in the thick of things for the final MVP tally.

June Mar's five MVP awards are already the most in league history.

Fajardo broke a three-way tie for first with legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio last season.


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