By Adrian Stewart Co
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings guard Stanley Pringle emerged as the frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference race for the just-concluded 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
Pringle made a huge leap in the individual awards race after the best-of-seven championship series after narrowly missing the Top Five in the statistical points race through the semifinals round.
With Pringle showing the way, the Kings became the champions of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup bubble, beating TNT Tropang Giga in five games for its 13th crown in franchise history.
Aside from Pringle, others in contention for the Best Player award were Tropang Giga’s Bobby Ray Parks, Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters’ Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright, TerraFirma Dyip’s CJ Perez and NorthPort Batang Pier’s Christian Standhardinger.
The PBA, as approved by the league board, is holding a special awards ceremony in January to recognize and salute the top individual performers in the special all-Filipino tourney.
Aside from the best player race, other awards to be bestowed by the league are the Outstanding Rookie, Most Improved, Sportsmanship, and the Special Team which will be the counterpart of the Mythical Five.
“It’s not a full season so it will be the BPC award,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial of the recognition to be contested by Pringle, Parks, Abueva, Wright, Perez and Standhardinger.
Meanwhile, those in contention for the Outstanding Rookie are Meralco Bolts’ Aaron Black, TerraFirma’s Roosevelt Adams and Kings’ Arvin Tolentino.
The league conducts balloting once through with the complete list of candidates for all the awards.
In the past two years, the PBA held the season awards back-to-back with the inaugurals of the next season. The league is veering away from this setup since Season 46 is not commencing until April./ASC, WDJ