22 April 2016

A Close Fight for RoY Honors

Chris Newsome
After the PBA draft, every new player that was chosen to play in Asia's oldest professional basketball league will only have one opportunity to win an award called Rookie of the Year. The winner will always be remembered as the best in their batch in their first season in the league.

This year, there are several contenders for the award which is expected to go down the wire and join the elite club that includes Stanley Pringle (2015); Greg Slaughter (2014); Calvin Abueva (2013) and Paul Lee (2012).

Leading the pack with 16.9877 statistical points (SP) is Talk 'N text Tropang Texter's Troy Rosario. Touted as the future better version of Ranidel de Ocampo, Rosario's current statline is 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 47.1 percent FG and 37.9 percent 3FG. His shooting form is really refined and he is currently the 22nd best shooter in the league. His versatility and uniqueness makes other teams salivate about his future.

However, close to Rosario's heel is Meralco Bolt's Chris Newsome with 15.6045 SPs. Everyone expected him to be a project but he broke out of the gate to be one of the best athletic wing in the country.

Newsome is a vital part of the offense and defense of the Bolts as shown by his 1.0 Win Share. His current average is 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 45.7 percent FG. His defense is really in the top tier and the way he operates fluidly in offense.

The San Jose, California born-player was considered as a vital reason why the Bolts managed to reach the conference semis for only the second time in franchise history.

The fourth pick overall of admitted the embarrassing performance of the Bolts last conference made them work hard to get ready and be prepared for the Commissioner's Cup.

"That’s the motivation that we need. It doesn't feel good to be at the bottom and only win one game," he stressed. "Definitely, it doesn't feel good."

Newsome expects the semis to be a tough one whether the Bolts get to play the Tropang TNT or Alaska Aces.

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