A FIRST-EVER PBA Best Player of the Conference award. A maiden league championship with Barangay Ginebra.
So what’s next for big man Greg Slaughter? A first ever MVP trophy may be?
Who wouldn’t want to be an MVP, according to the 6-11 Ginebra center, who nonetheless stated that winning championships for the Kings like the one he had in the season-ending Governors Cup is of paramount importance to him at the moment.
“I’m all about winning championships,” said the former Ateneo standout. “I just want to keep this thing going (for Ginebra)."
In light of the Kings’ recent success and Slaughter back in the pink of health again, not a few fans expect him to give longtime rival June Mar Fajardo a run for his money in the next race for the MVP award which the SMB star has won the past four years.
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo, whose rivalry with Slaughter dates back to their college days in Cebu, has a shot at becoming the first player in the PBA to win the MVP award five times.
Slaughter, though, gave a glimpse of what exactly he can do when injury-free after bagging the BPC award in the final conference of the year, and besting among others, Fajardo himself.
During the title series against Meralco, Slaughter averaged 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocked shots, and was a strong candidate for the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP until teammate LA Tenorio exploded for 26 points (5-of-8 from three-point range) in Game 7 (101-96) to win the award.
So does he sees himself a threat to Fajardo’s MVP reign?
“I just play my usual game and help Ginebra win another championship,” said the Kings’ top pick in the 2013 draft.
“I guess everything just follows with team success,” said Slaughter, who suited up for University of the Visayas prior to taking his act in Katipunan.
Right now, the Ohio native is focused on helping Ginebra win the Philippine Cup, which opens on December 17.
“The job now is to get ready for the all-Filipino and give Ginebra back-to-back PBA championships,” said Slaughter.
The Kings have not won the most prestigious championship in the league since 2007, although they did make the finals of the tournament last year when they lost to the reigning champions San Miguel Beermen in five games.