JAY-JAY HELTERBAND: THE KING OF KINGS

JAY-JAY HELTERBRAND (PHOTO BY JUN MENDOZA OF THE STAR)

JAY-JAY HELTERBRAND (PHOTO BY JUN MENDOZA OF THE STAR)

by JA Conde

Nobody has expected this, but perhaps, he must be the greatest among the basketball players in the land today, and that’s how you’ll describe this flashy 6-flat guard of Ginebra in Anthony “Jay-Jay” Helterbrand who recently won the PBA’s most prized individual player award yet, the Most Valuable yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum. He is expected to join the elite circle of past MVP awardees such as Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Robert Jaworski, and Alvin Patrimonio.

Helterbrand, who averaged 17.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 5.0 apg, also defeated Arwind Santos of Burger King and Don-don Hontiveros of San Miguel Beer with a total of 3,220 statistical points which also included the counted votes of the PBA, the coveror (Solar), the coaches, and his fellow players.

And here are the other winners for the said awards night yesterday which paid tribute to the first PBA commisioner, Leo Prieto, which includes a video tribute and some messages from his successors and Robert Jaworski:

Motolite Energy Player of the Year: Willie Miller (Alaska)
Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Reyes (Sta. Lucia)
Rookie of the Year: Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine)
Most Improved Player: Jonas Villanueva (San Miguel Beer)

All-Defensive Team: Wynne Arboleda (Burger King/Air21), Ronald Tubid (Ginebra), Billy Mamaril (Ginebra), Arwind Santos (Burger King/Air21), and Asi Taulava (Coca-Cola).

Mythical Team 1: Jay-jay Helterbrand (Brgy. Ginebra), Mark Cardona (Talk ‘n Text), Jay Washington (San Miguel Beer), Arwind Santos (Burger King/Air21), and Asi Taulava (Coca-Cola)

Mythical Team 2: Willie Miller (Alaska), Don-don Hontiveros (San Miguel Beer), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Kelly Williams (Sta. Lucia), and Jay-R Reyes (Rain or Shine)

(NBA Personalities live in Manila update: WNBA player Sue Wicks and Miami assistant David Fizdale will join Spoelstra on July 27)

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