Ranking the MVP contenders for week 7 of MVP Watch has been the most mind-boggling so far, considering the performances by the players and their respective teams this week.

From the first installment of MVP Watch, it was Terrence Romeo who stood at the summit. But considering the two losses of FEU this week, is it sufficient and necessary to dethrone him from the top spot considering he had a relatively better individual performance this week compared to the fifth week where of course he was the number one in this list? How about NU Bulldogs’ 1-2 punch of Bobby Ray Parks and Emmanuel Mbe? With NU’s impressive wins as of late, where would you put them? Who deserves to go higher in the list? Where will you place UE’s Roi Sumang who held the second spot for five weeks? Interestingly, if you haven’t notice, no player from DLSU has made it to this list ever since. Is it time for (at least) one of them to break in to the elusive MVP Watch now that they are finding their groove?

A lot of questions that needs to be answered. Hopefully, this can stimulate a very healthy discussion among our readers as to who really is the MVP of this league this season. Feel free to share your thoughts on whether you agree or not with this list.

5. Roi Sumang (UE) (Previous Rank: 2)

Points Rebounds Assists Minutes True
Shooting %
Usage
Rate
Statistical
Points
 18.8  5.3  4.6  35.1  47.8%  26.4%  65.0
(Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

UE needs Roi Sumang more than ever at this critical juncture of the season. (Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

The absence of Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros simply crippled Roi Sumang and UE Red Warriors as they were trounced by league-leading NU Bulldogs in their last outing. Clearly, Sumang did his best to offset the absence of team’s two vital pieces. It was very evident there was more conscious effort on his part to take more shots. Unfortunately, they were not falling. Add to his misery is the injury he sustained after being tripped by Maurice Porter in the second quarter.

Without Mammie still, and this time, Ralf Olivarez, it will be interesting to see how will he carry the Red Warriors in his shoulders. There is no question, this is the perfect time to show the red cape and unleash the Super Sumang in him once again. UE needs him more than ever as they push for a slot at the Final Four.

4. Karim Abdul (UST) (Previous Rank: 5)

Points Rebounds Blocks Minutes True
Shooting %
Usage
Rate
Statistical
Points
 16.3  11.6  1.7  33.3  48.8%  26.4%  69.6
(Photo Credit: Czeasar Dancel, NPPA Images)

As Karim Abdul continues racking up impressive numbers, UST  is getting the victories. (Photo Credit: Czeasar Dancel, NPPA Images)

Karim Abdul has been putting up an amazing second round so far, averaging 21ppg, 14rpg, 2bpg. Luckily, these sensational numbers are now translating to wins as UST posted back-to-back wins against Adamson and FEU this week. Abdul has to continue his impressive run while teammate Jeric Teng is still battling to recovery from his injuries for UST to solidify their Final Four hopes.

3. Terrence Romeo (FEU) (Previous Rank: 1)

Points Rebounds Assists Minutes True
Shooting %
Usage
Rate
Statistical
Points
 20.5  5.9  3.8  31.2  45.1%  36.6%  70.2
(Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

Terrence Romeo plunges to third spot after six weeks at the top of MVP Watch. (Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

The mighty have fallen. Terrence Romeo goes down two spots this week after being at the top of MVP Watch for six weeks. WIth FEU’s two contrasting losses this week – a huge blowout to Ateneo and a narrow setback in double overtime to UST, it was definitely an uphill battle for him to keep his place at the summit.

Uncharacteristically, Romeo appeared to be absent for FEU in the closing stages of that game versus UST as he failed to produce points in the extra periods. For some time, we thought Terrence had already locked the MVP award. But with performance like this, it makes the MVP race as wide open as we want it to be.

2. Bobby Ray Parks (NU) (Previous Rank: 3)

Points Rebounds Assists Minutes True
Shooting %
Usage
Rate
Statistical
Points
 16.6  8.7  4.1  31.1  44.2%  30.3%  71.7
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Two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks fills the stat sheet once again in their win versus UE. (Photo Credit: Fullcourtfresh.com)

The reigning two-time MVP surges to the second spot due to 1) the woes of Romeo and Sumang and their respective teams, and 2) NU’s five-game winning run. Nevertheless, we can’t take away his consistent all-around production. Against UE, Parks once again filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks to send Bulldogs to the top of the team standings. Also we have to give him credit his willingness to share the spotlight to his teammates as role players like Robin Rono and Dennice Villamor stepping up as of late.

1.  Emmanuel Mbe (NU) (Previous Rank: 4)

Points Rebounds Steals Minutes True
Shooting %
Usage
Rate
Statistical
Points
 15.7  11.3  1.0  30.8  57.5%  24.6%  66.0
(Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

Emmanuel Mbe is a not-so-sexy choice for the MVP award. (Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

He may not be a center that is as imposing as Ingrid Sewas nor as mobile as Karim Abdul but Emmanuel Mbe really gets the job done for NU Bulldogs as seen on the stat sheet and team standings. If you take him out of this NU squad, they look like a team that is above average that will probably make it to Final Four. But with him, NU is just a class above, a dangerous team and a legitimate title contender. He provides the inside presence that this team (full of shooters and perimeter players) needs.

Mbe may not be a sexy choice for the MVP award. He may not be that flashy and explosive compared to the other MVP contenders but the things is, he never fails to deliver as NU’s slotman. Now that NU is enjoying their place a the top of the team standings, perhaps it is due to credit the most consistent guy on that squad.


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