IT’S like Christmas coming early for Paul Lee.
The fleet-footed Magnolia shooting guard achieved a milestone in his professional cage career after he was adjudged best player of the conference for the PBA Governors’ Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee garnered 368 statistical points, 424 votes from media, 71 from fellow players and 150 votes from the PBA office for a whopping total of 1013 points.
He easily bested Alaska’s Chris Banchero (753 total points), San Miguel Beer’s Christian Standhardinger (659 points), Northport gunner Stanley Pringle (520 pts) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398 pts).
It was Lee’s first major individual award in his storied professional cage career that started since he was selected second overall by Rain or Shine during 2011 Draft, although he had previously won enviable individual honors.
He also won Rookie of the year in 2012, and was Finals MVP when the Painters won clinched the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.
He then transferred to the Hotshots in 2016 for what proved to be a right decision.
Mike Harris bagged the Best Import plum, garnering 1209 total points culled from the 540 statistical points, 456 media votes, 63 from fellow players and 150 from PBA office.
The Alaska import bested Magnolia’s Romeo Travis (914), Justin Brownlee (679), and two-time best import awardee Allen Durham of Magnolia (541).