CAN Jeron Teng join the likes of Allein Maliksi, Vic Manuel, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., and Mac Belo in the elite list of players who won the PBA D-League MVP award?
Halfway through the conference, Teng is right on pace to claim the highest individual plum as he leads the league in scoring with 26 points per outing.
The former La Salle star has also averaged 8.7 rebounds (eighth), and 4.3 assists (fourth), while helping AMA Online Education build its case as one of the top contenders this conference.
He has indeed proven to be an invaluable asset for his team, as seen on Tuesday when the Titans struggled to hack out a win over listless Blustar Detergent without Teng, who is with Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
But for him to achieve this feat, the two-time UAAP Finals MVP needs to steer the Titans to a deep playoff run in the ongoing Aspirants' Cup.
Votes come from the TV coveror, the sportswriters, and Commissioner's office, who will choose their pick based not only on individual stats but also team wins.
Fortunately for Teng, AMA currently holds the fourth spot with a 5-2 card behind Racal (5-0), Cignal-San Beda (4-1), and Cafe France (4-1). Tanduay is not too far behind with a 3-2 record.
Other MVP contenders are Racal's Kent Salado (13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists), Sydney Onwubere (13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals), and Rey Nambatac (11.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 steals); Cignal's Jason Perkins (12.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists) and Robert Bolick (11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists); Café France’s Paul Desiderio (15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists); and Tanduay's Bong Quinto (16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals) and Mark Cruz (13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists).
There are also candidates from the teams lurking in the lower half of the standings like Batangas gem Joseph Sedurifa (16.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists), and Victoria Sports' duo of Robbie Herndon (18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals) and Aris Dionisio (15.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks).