MATTHEW Wright is playing like a veteran in his debut conference in the PBA.
Flashing his all-around game, the 6-foot-4 Wright stepped up to help Phoenix beat NLEX and Barangay Ginebra, respectively last week and clinch at least a playoff for a quarterfinal seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
The Fil-Canadian wingman averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the two Phoenix to earn the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of January 16-22.
The former St. Bonaventure U standout fell just one assist short of registering his first triple-double as a pro, tallying 12 points, 12 rebounds and 9 dimes to steer Phoenix past NLEX, 102-91 last Wednesday in a performance marred by nine turnovers.
Four days later, the sweet-shooting Wright banged in eight of his team-high 18 points late in a 79-73 win against a Japeth Aguilar-less Barangay Ginebra side.
The 25-year-old Wright, who won an Asean Basketball League title with the KL Dragons last year, beat his Phoenix teammates JC Intal, Simon Enciso and Willy Wilson as well as San Miguel’s Arwind Santos, Meralco’s Cliff Hodge, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy of TNT, Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Calvin Abueva as well as Scottie Thompson of Ginebra.