Powerade’s Gary David could end up as the winner of the Best Player of the Conference for the second straight tournament.
David stayed at the No. 1 spot in statistical points race after the semifinal round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
And his closest competitor for the BPC plum could be Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa.
David’s 34.5 SPs average was still on top of the category even though his Tigers were booted out early in the elimination round.
Ending up second was Caguioa with 31.0 SPs average. He missed all the games in the semifinal round against eventual winner B-MEG due to an eye injury.
Marcio Lassiter, recently traded to Petron Blaze, ranked No. 3 in stats with 30.3 SPs, followed by Alaska teammates Cyrus Baguio (29.1) and LA Tenorio (29.0).
Only the top five in the SPs are eligible for the top individual honor of the tournament.
This will be the first time that the BPC winner will not come from any of the two teams playing in the finals in six years.
The Llamados and Talk ‘N Text are fighting for the Commissioner’s Cup crown with Game One on Monday.
Tropang Texters forward Ranidel de Ocampo ranked No. 9 with 26.1 SPs average.
The SPs comprise 40 percent of the voting. Media votes comprise 30 percent, and players’ votes 25, while the PBA commissioner’s office takes the remaining five percent.
In the Best Import derby, B-MEG’s Denzel Bowles is almost a shoo-in to win the award as he topped the stats with 45.24 SPs. He was followed by Gabe Freeman of Barako Bull (43.57), Talk ‘N Text’s Donnell Harvey (42.09) and Ginebra’s Jackson Vroman (35.73).
Bowles is the only import who has been with the team since Day One of the tournament.