Fajardo poised to win PBA Best Player award
IS June Mar Fajardo on his way to winning yet another Best Player of the Conference award?
It seems so as the reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player has no one close enough to contest him for the individual plum at this point in the 2015-16 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Fajardo still leads the race by a mile and with everyone far away from his rear view mirror. The 6’10” behemoth is poised to win his third straight Philippine Cup BPC hardware and fourth overall.
He will also have a huge edge in the race for the season’s Most Valuable Player award with him expected to be the BPC.
Though down with a knee injury at the moment, Fajardo is locked at the top spot in terms of statistical points as he hiked up his averages in San Miguel Beer’s semifinal war against Rain or Shine, where he normed scintillating averages of 34.8 points, 16.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.
After the elimination round, Fajardo was actually in a neck-to-neck battle with Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter in the BPC race, but after the Gin Kings bowed out of the quarterfinals and the latter gone, the two-time MVP became comfortably ahead and virtually locked up yet another award.
The BPC Award will be handed out prior to Game 4 of the best-of-seven Philippine Cup championship showdown between San Miguel and Alaska.
At the moment, Fajardo is still recuperating from a bruised and swollen left knee. It is still doubtful whether he can return and play for the Beermen in the ongoing finals.
Game 2 is currently being played as of this report with Alaska hoping to gain a huge 2-0 edge, while defending champion San Miguel is doing everything to avoid a deep 0-2 hole.
Fajardo’s presence, or lack thereof, will certainly be a huge factor the rest of the series as his status remains to be up in the air.