I believe that the Best Player of The Conference award should be given to a PBA player who played exceptionally well in the Whole Conference i.e. in the Regular Season, Playoffs, Semis and Finals. That’s the reason why the award is called Best Player of The Conference. A Best Player of The Conference Awardee must have played well throughout the whole Conference, not just in the regular season, in the semis or in the finals.
Of all the PBA Season 38 Philippine Cup Best Player of The Conference top candidates, I think it was Calvin Abueva who consistently played well throughout the Regular Season up to the Semis. He transformed the Alaska Aces from being a mediocre team to a PBA Title contender team. His impact on the Aces is incommensurable.
Abueva also influenced his teammates to play well. That was evident when they put up a great fight in the semis against a very strong team like Talk ‘n Text. Abueva and the rest of the Aces played really well in that semis series. They were able to steal some games in that best of 7 series. We all know how hard it is to do that against TNT.
And also, “vox populi, vox dei”. 60 percent of the votes coming from the PBA Fans were for Abueva. The public has spoken. They want him to bag the Award.
Need I say more? Those are the reasons why I think Calvin Abueva should win the Best Player of The Conference Award.
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