PBA: Rookie CJ Perez emerges as scoring champ


Posted at Jan 29 2020 06:19 PM

PBA: Rookie CJ Perez emerges as scoring champ 1

MANILA, Philippines -- Columbian Dyip super rookie CJ Perez, San Miguel Beer ace behemoth June Mar Fajardo and TNT KaTropa chief playmaker Jayson Castro were among the rulers in key stats races in PBA Season 44.

Perez emerged as the scoring champ, Fajardo was the rebounding king, while Castro beat all comers in the business of playmaking. 

All three are contenders for the season's Most Valuable Player award, along with NorthPort's Christian Standhardinger.

Ginebra's Stanley Pringle, NorthPort's Sean Anthony, and NLEX's Poy Erram also made marks in the season as champs in other key statistical departments.

Perez, the top draft pick in 2018, averaged 20.8 points per game to lead the league. 

Phoenix Pulse gunner Matthew Wright (18.89 ppg), Fajardo (18.87) and Bobby Ray Parks were close second, third and fourth, respectively, followed by Pringle at fifth (17.0). The next five were RR Pogoy (16.6), Anthony (16.4), Troy Rosario (15.3), Castro (15.2) and Ian Sangalang (15.1).

Fajardo, meanwhile, was the runaway leader when it comes to rebounding at 13.0 boards per game. A far second was Sangalang (8.5), followed by Raymond Almazan (8.0), Erram (7.8) and Anthony (7.6).

Castro dished out 6.1 assists per game, followed by Chris Ross (5.4), Scottie Thompson (5.0), Chris Banchero (4.89) and Robert Bolick (4.88).

Anthony also averaged a season-best 2.4 steals per game, topping San Miguels' Ross (2.2).

Erram averaged 2.1 blocks per game, leading the pack ahead of Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar (1.6), Fajardo (1.5), Almazan (1.3) and Arwind Santos (1.2).

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