IT SEEMS getting traded is the best thing that happened to Christian Standhardinger’s young PBA career.
The bruising Fil-German yesterday was named Gatorade-PBA Best Player of the Conference for the Governors Cup after ratcheting up his high-intensity game in his transfer to
NorthPort from original team San Miguel Beer last October.
The trade, which saw NorthPort give up Mo Tautuaa, was reportedly made to give Standhardinger the playing time he could not get from a stacked Beermen roster.
With Standhardinger on board, the Batang Pier made it all the way to the semifinals of the season-ending tourney before seeing their dream run stymied by injuries to key players that reduced them to nine against Ginebra.
Standhardinger’s efforts and performance did not go unnotice, however, as he was chosen over former teammate June Mar Fajardo and TNT KaTropa main man Jayson Castro.
Also considered for the award were NLEX Road Warriors sparkplug Kiefer Ravena and rookie CJ Perez of Columbian.
It was still a runaway win for the 30-year-old as he amassed a total of 1,011 total votes as against Fajardo’s 657, Castro’s 615, Perez’s 506 and Ravena’s 481.
The BPC meant the sophomore pro automatically becomes a contender for the season MVP award along with Philippine Cup BPC June Mar Fajardo of SMB and Commissioner’s Cup counterpart Castro.
Meralco’s Allen Durham copped his third Best Import award, beating Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee.
Durham, who won said award back-to-back in 2018 and ‘17, had 1,170 votes as against Brownlee’s 937.
TNT’s KJ McDaniels came next with 635 and NorthPort’s Michael Qualls 528.