JUNE Mar Fajardo remains as the statistical points leader in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but with San Miguel Beer failing to make the playoffs his bid for a third Best Player of title has become slim.
Unofficial tabulation of the Best Player derby for the mid-season conference shows the 6-foot-10 Fajardo leading the pack with his 333 total statistical points or a 33.9 average.
Barangay Ginebra’s youthful slotman Greg Slaughter is second with 276 total SPs for a 32.6 average, followed by Talk ‘N Text’s combo guard Jayson Castro (274 SPs, 32.2 average).
Fajardo is the reigning league Most Valuable Player and won his second BPC award after leading the Beermen to the Philippine Cup title, the franchise’s first all-Filipino crown since the 2001 season.
PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon said no player from a team that failed to make the playoffs has ever won a Best Player of the Conference award since the pro league began handing out the individual citation in the 1994 season.
The Best Player of the Conference awardee is picked based on 40 percent average statistical points, 30 percent media votes, 25 percent media votes and 5 percent from the Commissioner’s Office.
Meralco forward Danny Ildefonso, who tutored Fajardo during his rookie season while they were playing together at Petron (now San Miguel) won the most number of BPCs with five, which he won from the 2000 to 2001 season.
Fajardo, however, remains focused on the bigger goal, that of leading the Beermen back to another championship come the Governors’ Cup set to open on May 5.
“At least nanalo kami sa last game (of the Commissioner’s Cup). Perp kailangan naming mag-prepare sa next conference,” Fajardo said with a tone of urgency on his voice.
The Beermen take a break on Wednesday, before returning to practice Thursday to Saturday. San Miguel then takes an eight-day break starting Sunday before returning to practice after the Holy Week.