NORMALLY, the PBA Finals MVP award is given to players who dominates on the offensive end and carries the scoring load for his team.
But then again, Scottie Thompson has always been cut from a different cloth.
The do-it-all third-year guard jumped and clawed his way to his first Finals MVP award as he played a pivotal role in Ginebra’s six-game win over San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup which culminated with a 93-77 win on Wednesday.
In the last two games, Thompson posted averages of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists as he became Ginebra’s main source of energy against a stacked San Miguel side.
For Thompson, who normed just 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the series, he’s just happy to be able to do the dirty job – and still get recognition for it.
“Unang una, yun na talaga ang ginagawa ko, simula nung pagpasok ako sa team. Nakikita ko sa mga fans, sa mga teammates ko, natutuwa sila sa ginawa ko. Tinutuloy tuloy ko. Iniisip ko makakarating din yung scoring ko pero for now, gusto ko lang matulungan yung team,” said Thompson who finished with 12 points, 13 boards, and five assists in the closeout win.
“Mas ginagahan talaga ako, for me kasi nakikita at na-appreciate nila yung ginagawa ko as a player,” he added.
With an influx of veteran players who can turn on the heat any time, the 6-foot-1 guard said that he never thought that he would be the guy to win the individual plum.
“Hindi nga eh, unang-una iniisip ko lang to help my team win a championship. Yun lang ang gusto ko mangyari ngayon, andyan si Greg, si kuya LA, si Joe, andaming magandang nilaro this series. Lahat naman, deserve mag MVP.”
With his tireless work rate, high motor, and vigor – people often wonder where Thompson gets all that energy – as he continues to take hits and still manages to outwork taller and heftier players.
Fans need not look far for an answer.
“Yun ang pinakaiisip ko, yun ang motivation ko, yung mga nanonood ng mga fans, yung galing pa ng malalayo, pumupunta lang para sumuporta sa amin,” Thompson explained.
“Nilagay ko yun sa isip ko, yung ibang fans, umuutang pa para makabili ng ticket para makapanood talaga ng championship, deserve talaga nila to, para sa kanila to, kaya umangat ang laro ko kasi ginawa ko silang inspirasyon.”
After a fruitless collegiate career where he bowed out without a single championship, the proud son of Digos City can hold his head high that he’s already won three in his first three years in the PBA, with a Finals MVP recognition to boot.
That’s why everytime he gets opportunities like this one, he doesn’t let go.
“I think from the start ng career ko sa PBA yun ang iniisip ko. God gave me this opportunity, everything happens for a reason. Medyo ang sama nung career ko nung college nung last year ko, so coming into sa PBA, thankful na nakapag-champion ako.”