When talking about the Most Valuable Player award, people often talk about the individual performance of each player. Who can blame them? After all, it is awarded to an individual right? When it comes to these rankings, we place players, and not teams. We take note of their individual statistics, not the statistics of their team. When the award is presented, it is given to one player. That one player is the one who raises the trophy up, and is the one who is praised for that honor. Not his team.

Despite all of that, the MVP is not just a one-player award. Sure, it’s awarded to only one player, but that doesn’t mean that the team doesn’t deserve any credit. After all, when it comes to these rankings as well, the performance of the team is taken into consideration. That’s why in the MVP statistical race of Imperium, bonuses are given for victories. Those victories weren’t attained by one player only. They were attained by the team, by multiple individuals in one group. Kiefer Ravena put it perfectly after his monster 20-8-11 performance against Adamson last Saturday;

Malaking bagay yung na-iinvolve ko yung teammates ko, kasi ito yung positive outcome, panalo eh. So, yun naman ang pinaka-importante dun. ‘Di naman ako magkaka-11 assists kung ‘di mashoshoot ng ibang teammates ko. Credit to them. It doesn’t always just go to me, so sa kanila rin yun.” 

1. Kiefer Ravena, Ateneo Blue Eagles

Last week’s ranking: 2a
Kief has been more facilitator than scorer as of late. It's been awesome.

Kief has been more facilitator than scorer as of late. It’s been awesome.

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game Win Shares
17.4 7.0 5.4 1.5 0.8 1.8

What Kiefer did this week was ridiculous to say the least. It wasn’t the kind of ridiculous which would make your eyes big in an instant. It was a silent and controllend kind of a ridiculousness. A ridiculous which is ridiculous for other people, but is pretty much a regular day for Kiefer Ravena. 20-8-11? 11-7-5? Those are ayt numbers for the Phenom. Just ayt. All kidding aside, he has been more efficient as of late, and it has resulted to wins for the Blue Eagles. Here’s to him remaining efficient.

2. Ed Daquioag, UST Growling Tigers

Last week’s ranking: 2b
It's just looked so easy for Ed in the clutch recently.

It’s just looked so easy for Ed in the clutch recently.

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game Win Shares
18.2 5.2 2.2 1.3 0.6 1.7

The week started out kind of badly for Ed. Sure he scored ten points against the NU Bulldogs, but overall, he struggled. Against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, he was off (well, the entire UST was), but come crunch time he was crucial for the Growling Tigers. In essence, both him and Kevin Ferrer had struggles for the week. But Ed was simply better for them when it came to the clutch. That matters. It definitely does. However, with teams slowly clamping down on him, Ed has to find ways to go back to his efficient and effective scoring ways in order to life the Growling Tigers.

3. Kevin Ferrer, UST Growling Tigers

Last week’s ranking: 1
It hasn't been easy for Kevin as of late. All eyes on him.

It hasn’t been easy for Kevin as of late. All eyes on him.

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game Win Shares
16.6 8.1 1.5 0.8 0.4 2.4

This week was kind of a wake-up call for Kevin Ferrer. He averaged a measly 13 points today, below from his usual 17-23 point outings. Maybe we were spoiled? Or maybe team’s got a better look of how to defend him? I don’t know. Plus, most of Kevin’s points have come from the free throw line, so to his credit, he’s been able to draw those fouls against opponents. But a 1/11 showing from the field merits a drop in the rankings. He’ll have to do more if he wants to go back to his seat of dominance last week.

4. Jeron Teng, De La Salle Green Archers

Last week’s ranking: 4

La Salle has got his back while he leads them.

La Salle has got his back while he leads them.

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game Win Shares
17.6 7.1 3.4 0.2 0.3 0.9

Jeron hasn’t had any games ever since our last go at the MVP Watch, but his performance against the UE Red Warriors the last time was enough to let him keep the #3 spot for our rankings. He’s been solid all around, posting respectable numbers. His Green Archers have been getting wins as well, so that definitely helps his case. If only he can cut down on his turnovers..

5. Alfred Aroga, NU Bulldogs
Last week’s ranking: NR
A big man like him has been forced to play as if he's a guard. Alfred ArOOOga because NU BullDDDDgs. Hugs for you Alfred.

A big man like him has been forced to play as if he’s a guard. Alfred ArOOOga because NU BullDDDDgs. Hugs for you Alfred.

 

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game Assists Per Game Steals Per Game Blocks Per Game Win Shares
13.7 12.6 1.6 0.6 1.7 1.7

This is one of the few times where the individual performance of a player is considered over the performance of his team. Let’s face it, the NU Bulldogs have been horrendous this season. They’re still very much in the thick of the playoff race, but their wins have been pretty ugly. One player who has been shining for them, however, is Alfred Aroga. He just carried the Bulldogs in their loss against UST. If it wasn’t for his efforts, that game would have been a blowout, easy. Plus, get this, his 1.7 win shares is 1.7 which is second in the league. Considering the Bulldogs have been losing more than winning, that is mighty impressive. Heads up big guy.

Next Five 

Gelo Alolino (NU Bulldogs), Mac Belo (FEU Tamaraws), Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers), Papi Sarr (Adamson Soaring Falcons), Mike Tolomia (FEU Tamaraws)

Couldn’t make it to the Next Five but deserves recognition

Von Pessumal (Ateneo Blue Eagles)