JUNE Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter are renewing their rivalry in the PBA as the Cebuano big men are neck and neck in the MVP race more than halfway through the season.
The San Miguel Beer superstar has accumulated 27.52 average statistical points (SPs), just .01 ahead of his Ginebra counterpart in the closest race seen so far for the league's highest individual award, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
Fajardo tallied 47.4 average SPs in the Philippine Cup and 28.5 through the quarterfinal round of the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup to get to his total running SPs, while Slaughter registered 43.2 in the all-Filipino conference and 34.2 in the midseason tournament.
NLEX workhorse Sean Anthony came in a surprise third with 23.1 average SPs, while Terrence Romeo (22.8) and Calvin Abueva (22.4) rounded out the Top Five.
Troy Rosario of Tropang TNT, for his part, leads the Rookie of the Year race with 16.58 average SPs, slightly ahead of Meralco’s Chris Newsome, who has 16.
Art dela Cruz of Blackwater is running third with 14.77, while Maverick Ahanmisi of Rain or Shine (14.76) and the Texters’ top pick overall Mo Tautuaa (13.76) completed the Top Five.