SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Matthew Wright is playing the best basketball of his PBA career. The Phoenix Fuel LPG gunner emerged as the no.1 statistical leader inside the bubble by the end of the Philippine Cup eliminations.
The 29-year-old Fil-Canadian tallied 39.5 statistical points after 11 games in the eliminations where he led the Fuel Masters to the no. 2 seed for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Wright is second in league scoring with an average of 22.8 points, along with 5.4 rebounds, and a second-league best 6.0 assists. He scored a career-high 36 points in Phoenix’s 116-98 win over Meralco to open its campaign.
Sophomore guard CJ Perez is right behind Wright at no. 2 with 35.7 sps while topping the league in scoring anew with 24.4 points per game. Last year’s top rookie also had 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists although the Dyip limped home with a 1-10 record and failed to make the playoffs.
Wright’s Phoenix teammate Jason Perkins is ranked third with 35.5 sps built around averages of 19.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
Sophomore guard Ray Parks of TnT Tropang Giga and NorthPort big man Christian Standhardinger round up the Top 5 spots. Parks is at no.4 with 35.2 sps, while Standhardinger with 34.6 sps, while emerging as the top rebounder of the conference with an average of 12.0 per game.
Two Barangay Ginebra players and a pair of TnT Tropang Giga occupied the next four slots.
Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro made it at nos. six and seven with 34.3 and 33.6 sps, respectively.
Pringle meanwhile is at the eight spot with 33.3 followed by Thompson, who leads the league in assists 6.4 per outing for an overall 33.2 sps.
Mo Tautuaa brings up the rear of the Top 10 players with 33 sps, while leading defending five-time champion San Miguel in scoring with 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Among the rookies, Terrafirma’s Roosevelt Adams showed the way with 20.3 sps as he leads the freshmen in scoring with 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds.
Meralco guard Aaron Black is in second with 18.7 sps (7.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists), while a surprising third is Magnolia big man Aris Dionisio with 17.9 sps.
Making it to the Top 5 rookie list were Alaska’s Barkley Ebona (17.1 sps) and Barangay Ginebra’ Arvin Tolentino (14.6 sps).