Paul Lee bags first PBA Best Player award

Delfin Dioquino
Paul Lee bags first PBA Best Player award
The Magnolia star emerges as the runaway winner of the coveted plum

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia’s Paul Lee claimed his first Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award in runaway fashion by beating out 3 other contenders in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.

The flashy guard, who has powered the Hotshots to the finals of the season-ending conference for the first time since 2014 and their second overall this year, recorded 1,013 points for the coveted plum. 

He bested Alaska’s Chris Banchero (753 points), San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger (659), NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle (520) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398). 

Although finishing 4th in statistics with 368 points behind Standhardinger (487), Pringle (395) and Aguilar (383), Lee placed atop in the media (424), player (71) and Commissioner’s Office (150) votes.

The 29-year-old became the first player under the Purefoods franchise to win the BPC since James Yap did it in 2009 Philippine Cup. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.