After two weeks, we have finally reached the finals of the PBA Imports Fantasy Tournament. It's Justin Brownlee versus Terrence Jones. Who is the better import? ESPN5's Paolo del Rosario previews the matchup. Vote for the winner here and on One Sports PH's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
After battling through a gauntlet of the most iconic imports in PBA history, a pair of relative newcomers face off in the culminating matchup of our fan-driven PBA Imports Fantasy Tournament. The championship features current Barangay Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and former NBA star Terrence Jones, who suited up for TNT last year.
To get to the finals, Jones had to overcome Rob Dozier, Renaldo Balkman, and Denzel Bowles in the big-man side of our bracket. The victory over Bowles in particular is a testament to the impact Jones had in the PBA.
On the other side is fan-darling Justin Brownlee, who unsurprisingly breezed past legends Kenny Redfield, Sean Chambers, Norman Black, and Ray Parks to reach the finals. With Brownlee being the key proponent of many recent Barangay Ginebra championships, it's no surprise that the halo effect of such triumphs saw him oust his respected opposition handily.
Despite playing in only one conference in the league, TNT's Terrence Jones evidently left an indelible mark on PBA fans.
With the KaTropa, Jones fell short of winning the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup, conceding the championship in six games against the Chris McCullough-led San Miguel Beermen. But in terms of individually achievements, Jones did claim the title of Best Import in that same conference, dethroning Brownlee in the process.
Jones' lone conference in the PBA saw him rack up per-game numbers of 30.2 points, 15.7 rebounds, and a conference-high 7.5 assists. The former Houston Rocket let his game do his talking night in and night out. Jones was simply as good as advertised and showcased his NBA-caliber talent every time he hit the hardcourt.
For Brownlee, who was a replacement to first-choice import Paul Harris in the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, his name was cemented in PBA lore after a memorable first campaign with the Gin Kings. Brownlee was one of the key driving forces that saw Ginebra end an eight-year title drought and hit the biggest shot in the championship series to do so.
A testament to being a hand-in-glove fit for Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, Brownlee has racked up four championship rings, but has claimed only one Best Import award. While fans will always think of Brownlee as a cold-blooded killer on the court, it is perhaps his coachability and gentle demeanor off the court that has led to his longevity in the PBA.
On one hand ,we have one of the most dominant imports ever to grace the PBA hardcourt, and on the other, a true role model on what it takes to have sustained team success. It is Terrence Jones and Justin Brownlee in the finals.
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