HE may be out of the running for the Rookie of the Year or any year-end awards, but Christian Standhardinger is still on track for a top individual award.
The first-year San Miguel slotman is way ahead of the pack in the Best Player of the Conference race this 2018 PBA Governors' Cup despite his side's slow progress in the season-ending conference.
Standhardinger, picked first in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, has shown his worth for the Beermen in this tourney, leading all locals in scoring with 23.3 points and rebounding with 13.6 boards per outing.
The Fil-German forward also collected 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks to amass 43.1 statistical points (SPs) to make up for the absence of reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who was out for the majority of the conference due to an injured right shin.
Standhardinger's bid for the plum, though, may take a hit as San Miguel wound up sixth in the eliminations with its 6-5 record and will have an uphill climb in the quarterfinals against three-seed Alaska, which owns a twice-to-beat advantage in the duel.
Japeth Aguilar is Standhardinger's closest pursuer with the Ginebra forward collecting 34.8 SPs after norming 19.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 block, and 0.5 steals.
Closely behind them are Alaska playmaker Chris Banchero with his 34.2 SPs, NorthPort slasher Stanley Pringle with 34.0 SPs, and new Phoenix main man Calvin Abueva with 31.9 SPs.
Rounding out the top 10 are NorthPort’s Sean Anthony (31.3 SPs), Magnolia’s Paul Lee (30.9 SPs), TNT KaTropa’s Terrence Romeo (30.4 SPs), Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (30.1 SPs), and Columbian's Jerramy King (29.1 SPs).
The Best Import award, meanwhile, is a total opposite, with the reinforcements for the top three teams in a tight race for the plum.
Alaska center Mike Harris is slightly ahead with his 60.4 SPs, but Ginebra’s do-it-all wonder Justin Brownlee is in close pursuit with his 59.1 SPs.
Phoenix super scorer Eugene Phelps is not far behind with his 58.0 SPs.
NLEX's Aaron Fuller sits at fourth with his 57.4 SPs, but with the Road Warriors failing to advance to the playoffs, he is virtually out of the running for the award.