Prior to the break in the PBA Philippine Cup, three players led significant statistical departments: Matthew Wright, Christian Standhardinger, and Jayson Castro.
Wright emerged as the highest scorer in the league, averaging 19.8 points in five games with the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger led the league in rebounding with 13.0 a game for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, while Castro continues to prove he is still one of the league’s best players by leading the league in assist with a 6.7 average for TNT Tropang Giga.
The Fuel Masters have two of the top scorers in the season-opening meet, with veteran forward Vic Manuel coming in second with 18.8 points, followed by NLEX Road Warriors’ Kevin Alas (18.5), NorthPort Batang Pier’s Robert Bolick (18.3), and Barangay Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle (18.3).
On the one hand, Terrafirma Dyip possesses Roosevelt Adams, the league’s second-best rebounder after Standhardinger, who averaged 10.7 boards per game, only a hair better than TnT’s Troy Rosario (10.7), who is third.
Scottie Thompson of Ginebra is in fourth place with 10.3 rebounds per game, while Yousef Taha of Alaska rounds out the Top 5 with 9.6 per game.
NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena is giving Castro a run for his money in the assist area, with 6.5 per game, followed by NLEX’s Bolick with 6.0.
LA Tenorio (Barangay Ginebra), Chris Ross (San Miguel), and Mark Barroca (Magnolia) are tied for fourth place with an average of 5.5 assists each, while Chris Newsome of Meralco is fifth with 5.4.
TnT is the only team with a 3-0 record among the three teams whose players lead the major statistical categories, since the Batang Pier and Fuel Masters are in the bottom half of the standings with 1-3 and 1-4 records, respectively.