BOBBY Ray Parks Jr. has already honored his late father by playing one of the best series of his young PBA career.
The son may just be on track to making his old man much prouder.
Through the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, the TNT guard-forward took over the lead in the statistical race, making him the top candidate for the season MVP award.
Padding Parks’ advantage is the fact the Tropang Giga are in the finals while his chief rivals did not even make it past the semifinals.
Apart from the statistical points, the MVP and other awards handed out by the PBA also depend on votes from representatives of the league, teams and media.
The process is also applied in choosing the two Mythical Teams, Rookie of the Year, the Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award, Most Improved Player, and the All-Defensive Team.
Clearly and even if based on statistical SPs alone, the son of the former seven-time Best Import awardee already has one leg up over the competition.
Parks leads the stats ladder with 38.3 SPs on the strength of his solid averages of 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per outing.
Those averages were anchored on the sophomore posting eye-popping norms of 27.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals in the five-game series with Phoenix Super LPG to emerge as the top semis performer.
The Fuel Masters’ Calvin Abueva jumped to second place with 37.1 points. He has averages of 15.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.7 steals in 12 games he played in his comeback from a 16-month indefinite suspension.
CJ Perez of TerraFirma, the scoring leader with 24.4 points per game, is in third with 35.7.
Falling from the top after the 11-game eliminations and now at No. 4 is Phoenix’s Matthew Wright (35.6) as his bid suffered from limited minutes he played after sustaining an ankle sprain in the first game of the semis series with TNT.
Christian Standhardinger of Northport (34.6) rounds out the Top Five, with TNT’s RR Pogoy (33.5), Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle (33.1), Phoenix’ Jason Perkins (32.7), and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (32.7) completing the top 10.
Another Hall of Fame import also has a son who could make it a double celebration for second generation players.
Meralco coach Norman Black’ s son, Aaron, trails Terrafirma”s Roosevelt Adams in SPs, but the fact the Bolts went all the way to the semis while the Dyip finished 12th and last in the field tips the odds in the younger Black’s favor.