And now, the end is near and we are reaching the final curtain of the elimination round of the historic 2020 Philippine Cup.
We’ve seen high-level basketball games, like TNT-Alaska in the opening day, and the more recently Alaska-NLEX, Meralco-Terrafirma, Magnolia-NLEX duels to name a few.
In addition to great team basketball being played, three guys have also been playing at an unreal level.
Here are the guys that I think could take the PBA Bubble BPC honors.
RR Pogoy (TNT Tropang Giga)
19.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.9 SPG AND 44% FG
Mo Tautuaa (San Miguel Beermen)
18.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 60% FG
CJ Perez (Terrafirma Dyip)
25.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.3 SPG and 44% FG
Christian Standhardinger (NorthPort Batang Pier)
21.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.3 SPG and 49% FG
NO. 3 – Paul Lee – 20.9 PGG, 4.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.2 SOG, 46% FG AND 43% 3PT FG – Magnolia Hotshots
Magnolia (6-4) is currently on a five-game winning streak after being on a three-game losing streak in the early part of the season.
And, leading the blue-yellow-red squad is Paul Lee.
The 31-year-old scoring machine has been on fire in their last five wins, averaging 23.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists in 49.8% shooting at the field
Lee has been playing one of the best basketball seasons of his career, his scoring and playmaking and leadership has been at a high level.
With the “Angas ng Tondo” leading the way, the Hotshots were able to topple heavy favorites TNT and Barangay Ginebra in their match-ups.
He even dropped 27 points against the super team that is the Tropang Giga.
With Lee being red hot and the whole Magnolia squad playing at a high level, it won’t be too farfetched to think that they could make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Hotshots are currently 6-4 with one game left against Blackwater on Wednesday. A win would put them in position where they could take the fifth seed heading into the playoffs.
NO. 2 – RAY PARKS – 21.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 51% FG and 48% 3PT FG – TNT Tropang Giga
TNT is the newest “super team” in the PBA.
Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, Ray Parks, Troy Rosario and Poy Erram.
That five could be a starting five for Gilas Pilipinas and they are playing for one. Imagine that.
But despite the fact one star has been standing out and that is the second-generation star, Parks.
The second-year all around forward has been consistently dominant inside the bubble putting up 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists while shooting 51% in the field and 48% from the deep.
In a team that has five guys that could easily put up a 20-point double-double, it’s Parks who’s been consistent in doing so.
The 27-year-old forward had some controversy lately with Calvin Abueva but that doesn’t hide the fact that he’s been very impressive in the bubble.
Parks’ best highlights this season happened in his very first game, where he dropped 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five dimes.
Parks has said that he wants to remind everyone what kind of a player he really is this season. And if you’re a doubter, I’m sure you’re now reconsidering jumping on the bandwagon of Parks.
NO. 1 – MATTHEW WRIGHT – 25.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.8 APG, 45% FG and 38% 3PT FG – Phoenix Fuel Masters
Let’s be honest, heading into the season, despite the replacement of Louie Alas with Topex Robinson as the head coach of the blue-green squad, no one gave the Fuel Masters a chance to even be competitive this season.
But Wright has been proving everyone wrong.
Aside from his individual stats, the 29-year-old versatile scorer has taken the challenge to be a leader as well which resulted to a 3-2 record before the return of Abueva to from indefinite suspension.
During his time as the lone star of the team, Wright was already averaging 25 a piece in the five games without Abueva.
But once his co-star returned, he elevated his game as a whole.
In the game against the defending champions, Wright hit 10 of 11 shot attempts and he had 10 assists and seven rebounds and allowed Jason Perkins and RJ Jazul to takeover.
However, his scoring is still his best asset, who can forget that time he took the spotlight away from the marquee match-up of Abueva vs Perez by dropping 33 points.
Wright is playing one of the best seasons of his career and his squad has a legitimate shot to win it all this season. If that’s not an MVP type season, I know what is.
Do you agree on the list? Did I miss anyone? Sound off below in the comment section!