SOPHOMORE guard Ray Parks Jr. of TNT Tropang Giga rises atop the individual award race, and is poise to bag the coveted statistical plum in the PBA Season 45 Philippine Cup.
Parks carried the Tropang Giga back to the Finals with his scoring outbursts that helped his side recovered from a 1-2 deficit and eventually won the series in a sudden-death Game 5 semifinals against the dangerous Phoenix LPG Fuel Masters.
Parks leads the stats ladder with 38.3 statistical points on the strength of his solid averages of 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per outing.
The 6’4 athletic guard leads the stats ladder with 38.3 points on an average of 22.5 markers, 8.1 board, 3.1 dimes and 1.3 steals.
Fuel Master Calvin Abueva has jumped to second place with 37.1 on norms of 15.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 12 games he played in his comeback from a 16-month indefinite suspension.
TerraFirma Dyip’s Jaymar Perez, who’s the league’s leading scorer with 24.4 points per outing, is at third place with 35.7 statistical points.
The former statistical leader Matthew Wright of Phoenix dropped to No. 4 spot with 35.6 points, owing to his limited minutes after he suffered an ankle sprain in the semifinals against the Tropang Giga.
Christian Standhardinger of Northport rounded up the Top 5 five 34.6 points.
With all his rivals in the Top 5 gone in the PBA “bubble,” the former National University star Parks may well on his way to securing this season’s top individual award.
TNT’s Roger Pogoy (33.5), Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle (33.1), Phoenix’ Jason Perkins (32.7) and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (32.7) are at the sixth to ninth spot in the individual award race.
In a battle for Rookie of the Year, TerraFirma’s Roosevelt Adams and Meralco’s Aaron Black keep their one-two position in the stats race. But Black could well gain the nod of those involved in the balloting, with his team’s semifinal finish.