After years of anticipation, CJ Perez, the dynamic 30-year-old wingman, finally clinched his first PBA Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award, standing tall as the Commissioner’s Cup’s highest individual honoree.
The announcement, made before a buzzing crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night, February 9m, 2024, marked a monumental achievement in Perez’s career.
Accumulating an impressive total of 1,055 points, Perez dominated the BPC race by securing the top spots in both media (505) and players (86) votes.
Despite a tight statistical battle with Christian Standhardinger, where the latter narrowly edged out Perez 466-464, Perez’s overall performance secured him the coveted award.
This victory was a long time coming for Perez, who had been a consistent contender for the award. In past seasons, he finished second to June Mar Fajardo, took fourth place in the Commissioner’s Cup, and landed third in the Governors’ Cup.
Now, Perez joins the esteemed ranks of BPC winners in the San Miguel franchise, following legends like Allan Caidic, Nelson Asaytono, Danny Seigle, Danny Ildefonso, Jay Washington, Arwind Santos, and June Mar Fajardo.
Christian Standhardinger of Barangay Ginebra emerged as the runner-up in the BPC race, securing the top spot in statistical performance but falling short in both media and players’ votes.
Arvin Tolentino of Northport claimed the third spot with 559 points, followed by TNT’s Calvin Oftana (472) and Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra (446).
In the import category, Jonathan Williams of Phoenix captured the ArenaPlus Best Import award, leading the race with 1,017 points. Williams, a hardworking 6-foot-9 player, guided the Fuel Masters to the semifinals, earning the first import award in Phoenix franchise history.
Tyler Bey of Magnolia secured the second spot with 908 points, dominating players’ votes and closely trailing Williams in media votes and statistics. San Miguel’s Bennie Boatwright, a replacement for Ivan Aska, claimed the third position, excelling in statistics but falling short in players’ and media votes.
Tony Bishop of Barangay Ginebra rounded up the list with 506 points in the Best Import race. The recognition of these outstanding players adds another layer of excitement to the PBA landscape as fans eagerly await the next chapter of Filipino basketball excellence.