Three way Battle for PBA MVP

Top Contenders for PBA Season MVP Award 2023

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is amid another entertaining season full of exciting games, passionate rivalries, and remarkable performances from the league’s best basketball players. Scottie Thompson, Christian Standhardinger of Barangay Ginebra, and June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel stand out as major contenders for the league’s most coveted individual award.

Because of their outstanding achievements this season, all three players have earned their spots as candidates for the prestigious Most Valuable Player (MVP) title. They have each won the Best Player of the Conference award in different conferences this season, with Fajardo receiving it during the All-Filipino Cup, Thompson receiving it during the Commissioner’s Cup, and Standhardinger receiving it most recently during the season-ending Governors’ Cup.

Christian Standhardinger MVP

Fajardo, who has won the MVP award six times in his career, became eligible for the title again after appearing in 46 of 59 PBA games and satisfying the criterion to be an official contender. On the other hand, Thompson is the reigning MVP, having earned the honor the previous season.

A fourth or fifth candidate might still be added to the list of MVP hopefuls if they rack up enough statistical points throughout the season. However, the three players named previously have clearly established themselves as frontrunners for the accolade.

The MVP award winner will be decided by a voting procedure, including players and PBA media. The winner will be announced before the next season’s opening night, where the Leo Awards will be presented. Willie Marcial, PBA Commissioner, expressed his excitement for the forthcoming season, stating that the Leo Awards will remain a tradition during the opening ceremony. This is a celebration for the fans, who will be overjoyed to see all of the players present.

Finally, the PBA MVP award race promises to be a close one, with three talented players vying for the top prize. Following the conclusion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Asian Games, fans can look forward to the announcement of the winner and the start of the league’s 48th season in October.


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