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8 official candidates for 2011 PBA MVP award

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So the race for the Most Valuable Player award for the PBA’s 36th season will boil down to eight players.

As per rules, the top 5 players in statistical points (SPs) will become the official candidates for MVP, along with the Best Player of the Conference winners in each of the league’s tournaments.

The top players in SPs of the teams which made it to the Finals of any of the three conferences but didn’t make it to the top 5 will also be included.

The top 5 players in statistics as of the end of the semis of the PBA Governors’ Cup are Joe Devance and James Yap of B-MEG, Arwind Santos and Jay Washington of Petron Blaze and Sol Mercado of Meralco. Washington was also the Best Player of the Conference of the Philippine Cup.

Jimmy Alapag of Talk ‘N Text was the Best Player of the Conference in the Commissioner’s Cup.

Kelly Williams of Talk ‘N Text and Mark Caguioa of Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, led their respective teams in SPs.

Those eight players will dispute the league’s MVP award.

For the Rookie of the Year award, the PBA requires candidates to have played in at least 70 percent of their teams’ games at the end of the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup.

The Top 20 players in statistical points, on the other hand, became the official candidates for the Mythical First and Second Teams.

As for the Most Improved Player, All-Defensive Team and Sportsmanship Award candidates, they are consensus selections of the PBA Press Corps and the PBA Commissioner’s Office.

The major awards — MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Mythical Team selections — are determined by the following criteria: statistics (30 percent), media votes (30 percent), player votes (25 percent), votes from the television broadcast partner (10 percent) and votes from the PBA Commissioner’s Office (5%).

All accredited voters are asked to name their top three choices for each individual award, with their first choice being given a weight of 60 points, the second choice, 30 points and the third choice, 10 points.

The Most Improved Player, All-Defensive Team and Sportsmanship awards don’t have a statistical component in the criteria, and will be decided upon purely by votes – 35 percent from the media, 35 percent from players, 15 percent from the television broadcast partner, and 15 percent from the Commissioner’s Office.

The end of season awards, which have been called the Leo Awards since 2003, will be presented prior to Game 4 of the best-of-seven Finals between Talk ‘N Text and Petron Blaze this Sunday, August 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

LIST OF CANDIDATES: 2010-11 PBA ANNUAL AWARDS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Statistical Points Average)

1. DEVANCE, Joe (31.89)
2. SANTOS, Arwind (31.09)
3. MERCADO, Sol (29.41)
4. WASHINGTON, Jay (28.25)
5. YAP, James (28.17)
6. CAGUIOA, Mark (27.73)
7. WILLIAMS, Kelly (26.64)
8. ALAPAG, Jimmy (25.58)

MYTHICAL SELECTION

Point Guards
1. ALAPAG, Jimmy
2. CASTRO, Jason
3. MERCADO, Solomon
4. TENORIO, LA

Off-Guards
1. CAGUIOA, Mark
2. CARDONA, Mark
3. DAVID, Gary
4. REYES, Ryan
5. SIMON, Peter June
6. YAP, James

Forwards
1. CAREY, Harvey
2. DE OCAMPO, Ranidel
3. DEVANCE, Joe
4  NORWOOD, Gabe
5. PINGRIS, Marc
6. SANTOS, Arwind
7. WASHINGTON, Jay
8. WILLIAMS, Kelly

Centers
1. PEEK, Ali
2. THOSS, Sonny

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. AL-HUSSAINI, Rabeh (24.21)
2. BACLAO, Nonoy (14.35)
3. VANLANDINGHAM, Joshua (10.62)
4. JAZUL, RJ (9.90)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

1. CASTRO, Jason
2. ESPINAS, Gabby
3. ISIP, Mark
4. KRAMER, Doug
5. RODRIGUEZ, Larry

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Center-Forwards
1. BELGA, Beau
2. CAREY, Harvey
3. ESPINAS, Gabby
4. NORWOOD, Gabe
5. PINGRIS, Marc
6. PEEK, Ali
7. SANTOS, Arwind
8. THOSS, Sonny
9. WASHINGTON, Jay
10. WILLIAMS, Kelly
11. WILSON, William

Guards
1. ARANA, Ryan
2. ARBOLEDA, Wynne
3. CABAGNOT, Alex
4. CASTRO, Jason
5. HONTIVEROS, Dondon
6. REYES, Ryan
7. TENORIO, LA
8. WILSON, John

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

1. ALAPAG, Jimmy
2. NORWOOD, Gabe
3. REYES, Ryan
4. THOSS, Sonny

Fidel Mangonon III is the head of statistics for the Philippine Basketball Association. For more discussion on the ins and outs of the league, follow Fidel on Twitter.

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