Junemar Fajardo leads the MVP race but Asi Taulava wants to stole the award in the 2013-2014 PBA Season


With only a conference remaining in the 2013-2014 PBA Season, the race for the coveted Most Valuable Player (MVP) award gets even hotter.

A young big man is the top contender for the award but a resurgent and ageless veteran wants to steal the spotlight from him in the league's 39th season.
Cebuano big man Junemar Fajardo, this season's Philippine Cup Best Player awardee, is leading the cast of big men who are the primary contenders for the MVP trophy after amassing 24.4 statistical points at the end of the Commissioner's Cup.
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers is the eventual champion of the said conference.
Last season's top pick Fajardo has emerged in the past three conferences and have been unstoppable in the inside and is registering double-double output for the underachieving Beermen.
The 6-10 University of Cebu standout will be gunning for the MVP award in just his second year in the league.
Fajardo's frontcourt mate and reigning MVP Arwind Santos is trailing Fajardo  at second with 23.0 SPs, while Commissioner's Cup Best Player Jason Castro of Talk 'N Text is in third with 22.4.
Air21 ageless big man Asi Taulava made a dramatic jump from eighth spot at the end of the Philippine Cup to No. 4 in the MVP race with 20.7 SPs.
That jump was possible because of a strong showing from Taulava in the mid-season conference who carried the giant-killing Express to a franchise-best semifinal berth.
Barangay Ginebra rookie center Greg Slaughter is at fifth spot in the race with 20.6 SPs. 
The 6-11 University of the Visayas standout is way ahead of San Mig reliable back-up forward Ian Sangalang in the Rookie of the Year award with his 20.6 compared to the latter's 13.8.
Interestingly, no one from San Mig, who is the champion of the past two conferences, has made it to the Top Five of the statistical race, which will be the only players eligible for the yearend MVP award.
The highest-placed San Mig player is Marc Pingris, who is in ninth place with 18.7 SPs.
Talk 'N Text all-around forward Ranidel de Ocampo also made a big leap from 12th in the Philippine Cup to No. 6 with 20.3.
de Ocampo's Talk 'N Text was the runner-up in the second conference that made him climb the spot.
Rounding up the top 10 are Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar at No. 7 (19.9), Globalport's Jay Washington eighth (19.4), and Meralco gunner Gary David 10th (18.43).
The award will be given at the end of the season-ending Governor's Cup.
--- with reports from Spin.ph

Junemar Fajardo leads the MVP race but Asi Taulava wants to stole the award in the 2013-2014 PBA Season Junemar Fajardo leads the MVP race but Asi Taulava wants to stole the award in the 2013-2014 PBA Season Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 5/22/2014 Rating: 5

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