June Mar Fajardo in class of his own with record 5th straight MVP
BOCAUE, Philippines – Count on June Mar Fajardo to keep rewriting PBA history.
The San Miguel star is now in a class of his own after winning a record fifth Most Valuable Player on Sunday, January 13, in the latest edition of the Leo Awards at the Philippine Arena here following another dominant season.
Although trailing NorthPort's Stanley Pringle in statistical points and player votes, Fajardo clinched the league's highest individual honor with a landslide in votes from the Commissioner's Office and media.
The Cebu giant amassed 1032 in statistical points, 777 media, 327 player and 300 Commissioner's Office votes for a total of 2436 points to surpass legends Mon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, who won 4 MVPs each.
Pringle, meanwhile, finished first in stats (1107) and player votes (395) but settled for 2nd place in the MVP race after receiving 389 and 150 votes from the media and the Commissioner's Office, respectively, for 2041 total points.
Fajardo also led the Mythical Team that includes Pringle, Magnolia's Paul Lee, Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar, and San Miguel's Marcio Lassiter.
A winner of back-to-back Best Player of the Conference awards in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner's Cup, Fajardo was a cinch to win another MVP, but his bid was almost jeopardized by a shin injury.
Fajardo averaged 20.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks last season, leading San Miguel to a championship in the Philippine Cup and a runner-up finish in the Commissioner's Cup. – Rappler.com