BARANGAY Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter is making his case as the most dominant local player in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, not just because of his impressive showing against Meralco’s hulking import Arinze Onuaku on Wednesday, but because of the consistent command he’s shown in the paint throughout the elimination round.
Slaughter’s breakout season continued its ascendance in the middle conference as he remained among the statistical leaders in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, and blocks among locals for almost the entire eliminations.
Already averaging career-bests in points and boards in just his third year in the league, Slaughter has even maintained his momentum in the import-laden conference. In fact, the former Ateneo big man has impressed even more as he’s the only player to make the top 5 of three statistical categories among locals at the end of the elimination phase.
Among imports, Tyler Wilkerson of San Miguel Beer is the only one to match Slaughter’s feat, being in the Top 5 in scoring, steals, and blocks.
Excluding imports, Slaughter is second in blocks (1.5 swats per game), third in rebounds (9.7 boards), and fourth in scoring (18.5 points). It gets even more interesting as he’s just 0.06 points per game behind third top local scorer Jayson Castro of TNT, which could have made him the only player in the league to be in the Top 3 of three fields. No import can even boast of that.
Meanwhile, Wilkerson continues to lead the league in scoring with 37 points a game, while GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo is the top local scorer with 26.4. In the rebounding department, Onuaku is still the lord of the boards with 18.6 caroms. On the local side, NLEX’s frontline of Sean Anthony and Asi Taulave have overtaken Slaughter atop the rebounds leaderboard with 9.8 boards.
SMB’s Chris Ross remains the league’s top assist man with 6.6 dimes, while Blackwater’s Arthur Dela Cruz leads all players in steals with 2.27 steals. TNT’s David Simon is the top shotblocker with 3.29 swats a game, and JP Erram still leads the locals in blocks with 1.9.