SEVILLE, Spain - After the first three days of competition at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, Gilas Pilipinas has yet to win but it has won the hearts of many fans worldwide.
One of the biggest reasons Gilas Pilipinas has been playing well is the much-improved play of June Mar Fajardo.
The reigning PBA MVP has been averaging 6 points per game, 4 rebounds and a block in a limited amount of 9 minutes per game.
Fans of Fajardo have been clamoring for more playing time for the big man as they see and appreciate his effectivity.
The stats also don't lie. In a compilation of RealGM.com listing stats of individual players and raking them on PER or Player Efficiency Rating, Fajardo barges into the Top 5 with his 44.92 PER.
He ranks second only to Pau Gasol and ahead of other NBA veterans like Anthony Davis of the US and Serge Ibaka of Spain, as well as Zoran Dragic of Slovenia.
Fajardo is also 5th in total rebound % at 28.68.
Will the stats of efficiency make the clamor of fans grow?
Will Gilas coaching staff consider these or still look at the match-ups versus Puerto Rico and Senegal and may still limit Fajardo's minutes based on speed considerations?
Speed is one of the strengths of Filipinos in the tournament that made Argentina's coach label their play as "strange and weird."
Whatever the case, Fajardo has made his mark on the world stage even with limited minutes.
It's up the big man to continue to make the best use of his time on the floor to bring Gilas to even greater heights.