|Shabazz Muhammad quickly surged to the top of the Best Import race. PBA Images (file photo)|
MANILA--In just three games, Shabazz Muhammad instantly became the top contender for the Best Import award for the PBA Governors' Cup.
The former NBA first-round pick is the current leader in the statistical points race for the conference's top prize for foreign recruits.
In a copy of the SP race given to Dugout Philippines on Wednesday, the San Miguel swingman is way ahead with 61 average SPs.
NLEX's KJ McDaniels and Magnolia's Mike Harris, who played for the entire elimination round, are far second and third with 52.9 and 52.4 SPs, respectively.
Anchored by his 57-point bomb on March 5 against Meralco, the most since Al Thornton and Tyler Wilkerson went on a scoring showdown in 2016 that saw Thornton dropping 69 and Wilkerson making 58, Muhammad led the league in scoring for the Governors' Cup with 39 points a game.
He also led everyone in rebounds with 19 a night.
McDaniels, meanwhile, is number one in blocks with 2.8 an outing while sharing the honors with Meralco's Tony Bishop as the top stealers among the imports with 1.5 a game
However, McDaniels might miss his shot at taking the Best Import award as he flew back to the United States to take care of his wife and their newborn child.
Cameron Clark will take his place as the Road Warriors battle the Alaska Aces in a quarterfinal duel later Wednesday.
On the other hand, Bishop and Rain or Shine's Henry Walker led the imports in assists with 4.2 a game.
Bishop is fifth in the SP race with 51.45 average SPs, just behind Blackwater's Shawn Glover, who had 51.5 after the eliminations.
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