Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee and Chris Banchero lead the race for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference award.
San Miguel's Standhardinger paces the stats race but Magnolia's Lee and Alaska's Banchero have made a case for themselves in leading their teams to the finals in the season-ending tourney.
Standhardinger is the runaway leader in the stats race among the locals with 41.9 SPs (statistical points) a game but his team failed to make the semifinals.
Stanley Pringle of NorthPort (34) is in second, while Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar (32.9) ranks third. Rounding out the top five are Lee (31.64) and Banchero (31.56).
Banchero was third through the eliminations but dropped down to fifth as his numbers went down with the ankle injury he suffered in their last game in the eliminations. But both Lee and Banchero could boost their respective drives in the finals which start December 5.
Meanwhile, the Best Import award will essentially come down to Alaska's Mike Harris and Magnolia's Romeo Travis.
Barangay Ginebra's Justin Brownlee, Phoenix Petroleum's Eugene Phelps, Meralco's Allen Durham, NLEX's Aaron Fuller and Blackwater's Henry Walker had all been strong bets until their respective teams were eliminated from the title hunt.
Harris has the advantage over Travis in stats, with averages of 30.3 points, 20.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block. Travis, a Best Import awardee during his stint with the Aces, norms 24.5 markers, 14.8 boards, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals.
The final determining factor in the BPC and Best Import derbies is the voting among the players, the sports media and the PBA Commissioner's Office.
Going into the finals, Lee averages 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals while Banchero produces 14.4 markers, 4.6 boards and a tournament-best 7.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
Standhardinger leads all locals in scoring (22.8) and rebounds (13.4), the strongest showing by a rookie in a tourney in years.