The pool of MVP candidates (including the honorable mentions) is more or less the same as in our previous installment, but the ranking is still ever-changing.

Let’s take a look at this week’s best five.

5. Karim Abdul, UST Growling Tigers

Previous Rank: 4

Karim Abdul is all set to lead the Tigers (Photo Credit: Jerome Ascano, SPIN)

PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV

Per Game

13.7 8.5 2.2 0.5 1.3 3.7

PER USG% TS% EFG% OREB% AST%

Advanced

24.6 22.8 55.3 47.4 10.7 16.6

What will UST do without Karim Abdul? This Cameroonian big man leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks, and even assists. He’s also the Growling Tigers’ main rim protector. In their losing battle against Ateneo, he scored 19 points (5-of-7 field goals, 9-of-10 free throws), grabbed 12 boards, and dished out three assists. It was after this game that Abdul controversially expressed his disappointment over his teammates’ performance. La Salle, their Finals opponent last year, dealt them their next loss where Abdul was limited to ten points and eventually fouled out. The numbers across his stat line have declined from last season save for shooting efficiency and dimes. His assist rate (AST%) significantly increased from 9.6 to 16.6.

4. Chris Newsome, Ateneo Blue Eagles

Previous Rank: 5

Chris Newsome is one of Ateneo’s most reliable players (Photo Credit: Czeasar Dancel, NPPA Images)

PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV

Per Game

13.7 7.7 2.0 0.9 1.0 3.0

PER USG% TS% EFG% TREB% ORTG

Advanced

25.1 20.0 61.4 54.6 12.3 107.4

Chris Newsome does not get as much attention as Ateneo superstar Kiefer Ravena but his contribution to each of his team’s victories should not be overlooked. He’s the Blue Eagles’ second most efficient player and top rebounder (in terms of boards grabbed per contest). He can also take on the playmaking duties when necessary and serve as decoy to confuse defenders. His midrange shots has always been impressive and his long bombs are now picking up (58.3 percent from downtown). Finding the right matchup for him has always been a problem for other squads. Newsome just needs to work on his handles as he turns the ball over 21.2 times per 100 possessions.

3. Jeron Teng, De La Salle Green Archers

Previous Rank: 7

Jeron Teng rose up from number seven to number three (Photo Credit: Rivals PH)

PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV

Per Game

15.0 7.3 3.7 0.4 0.4 2.7

PER USG% TS% EFG% OREB% AST%

Advanced

25.4 29.6 44.8 37.6 11.8 27.3

Jeron Teng’s performance this week moved him up to the third spot. He averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3 assists in their games against UP and UST. More is expected of the King Archer in the coming weeks as his team is currently plagued with injuries. He assists on 27.3 percent of his teammates’ field goals while he’s on the floor. He rebounds like a big man, grabbing 7.3 boards (3.4 offensive) per outing. Despite his height, he’s fourth in the league in offensive rebounding rate  (ORB%). He has been improving in this category from 5.9 percent in his rookie year to 8.2 percent last season to 11.8 percent at present. His effective field goal percentage (EFG%) has been declining every year though.

2. Mac Belo, FEU Tamaraws

Mac Belo retains the number two spot because of his efficiency (Photo Credit: Pinoy Exchange)

Previous Rank: 2

PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV

Per Game

17.2 5.7 2.5 0.5 0.7 2.8

PER USG% TS% EFG% AST% ORTG

Advanced

34.5 27.5 64.9 63.4 21.2 113.2

Look at Mac Belo’s effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage (TS%). Digest them for a moment, and then look at his Player Efficiency Rating (PER). What you need to know next is that these numbers have been consistently high throughout the season. Belo’s score in their recent game versus NU was limited to nine points on 3-of-8 shooting but he also registered seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks. He is still the most efficient player in the league by far. He has the second best offensive rating (113.2 points per 100 possessions) next to fellow Tamaraw Anthony Hargrove.

1. Kiefer Ravena, Ateneo Blue Eagles

Previous Rank: 1

What a phenomenal first round for Kiefer Ravena (Photo Credit: Czeasar Dancel, NPPA Images)

PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV

Per Game

23.0 5.1 5.1 1.4 0.1 2.6

PER USG% TS% EFG% AST% TOV%

Advanced

34.1 32.1 51.3 42.3 33.8 10.3

Kiefer Ravena is the league leader in points and assists per game and second place in steals. More than his points production, what I’d like to highlight are his assist rate and turnover rate (TOV%). Kiefer assists 33.8 percent of his teammates’ field goals while he’s on the court. This is a leap from last season’s 20.7 percent. The Eagles’ excellent spacing makes it easier for Kiefer to rack his dimes. For someone who has a usage rate as high as 32.1 percent and is always swarmed by defenders, Kiefer takes care of the ball really well — turning it over only 10.3 times per 100 possessions. For comparison, Mike Tolomia of FEU who has a usage rate of 32.9 percent (the only player higher than Kiefer) turns the ball over 20.8 times. If we’re going to nitpick, we can say that the Phenom needs to improve on his field goal shooting, although his ability to earn points from the charity stripe makes up for this. This clutch player is also able to drain the baskets that matter. In both of their games this week, he made the crucial goals that sealed the wins and the top seed for Ateneo.

Honorable Mentions

Rank Player Team PTS TREB AST STL BLK TOV PER

6

Alfred Aroga NU 10.4 9.7 1.0 0.1 2.3 2.4 25.6

7

Arvin Tolentino ADMU 12.1 7.6 0.9 0.6 1.0 2.3 20.5

8

Troy Rosario NU 11.3 8.3 1.6 0.3 0.9 2.0 26.0

9

Mike Tolomia FEU 15.5 3.7 3.7 0.2 0.0 4.2 20.0

10

Jason Perkins DLSU 10.7 8.3 1..6 0.3 0.1 2.7 21.7

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