|Ray-Ray Parks now has an inside track of the MVP award. PBA Images (file photo)|
MANILA--A new leader emerges in the PBA statistical points race.
TNT's Ray-Ray Parks is now on top of the race for the season's Most Valuable Player following the computation of the SP's up to the semifinals.
At the release of the tabulation results on Saturday, the six-foot-four combo guard overtook Phoenix's Matt Wright with 38.3 SP's.
Entering TNT's finals showdown with Ginebra starting on Sunday night, Parks averages 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Wright, whose ankle injury slowed him down in the Fuel Masters' semifinal series against the Tropang Giga, slipped to fourth with 35.6 SP's, letting CJ Perez, whose Terrafirma Dyip squad crashed out of the regular season, move to third with 35.7.
Calvin Abueva, who has been on a roll since returning from a long ban, is now second in the MVP race with 37.1 SP's.
The Phoenix winger is currently averaging 15.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals a night, a stat line even better than his Rookie of the Year season in 2013.
NorthPort's Chris Standhardinger rounds up the Top 5 with 34.6 SP's, while TNT's RR Pogoy, (33.5), Ginebra's Stanley Pringle (33.1) and Scottie Thompson (32.7), and Phoenix's Jason Perkins (32.7) are at the outside looking in.
Meanwhile, Aaron Black is on track of winning the Rookie of the Year honors.
While the Meralco freshman remains second in the stats race behind Terrafirma's Roosevelt Adams, the fact that Meralco made all the way to the semifinals may factor in the balloting.
Follow him on Twitter: @IvanSaldajeno