K-Will is the 2008 PBA MVP

On: 14 August 2008

Kelly Williams 2008 PBA MVP

Before the contending parties for the Fiesta Cup started Game 4 of their best-of-seven series last night, Sta. Lucia stalwart Kelly Williams took the limelight from Ginebra and Air21 by crowning himself the 2008 PBA MVP. Williams bagged the crown convincingly, a year after he took the rookie of the year honors.

The 26-year-old Fil-Am forward out of University of Detroit-Oakland topped the stats derby and got the nods of the media, the TV coveror and the Commissioner’s Office to claim Season 33’s top honors during the Leo Awards rites at the Araneta Coliseum last night.

"It’s been an awesome year and winning the MVP is the icing on the cake," said Williams, dapper in a brown Barong Tagalog, brown pants and white sneakers.

Williams was also named to the Mythical First Team and the Best Defensive Selection. It can be recalled that Williams likewise got the Best Player of the Conference citation in the Philippine Cup after the Realtors won their first ever All-Filipino crown since joining the league.

Overall, Williams garnered a total of 2,762 points to the 1,775 points of Air 21's Arwind Santos and 1,158 points of Ginebra's Jayjay Helterbrand. Several media personnel covering the PBA games widely believed that the 6'6" Fil-Am truly deserves the citation.

2008 ROY Ryan ReyesThe fourth Fil-Am player to win the MVP after Ricky Brown, Asi Taulava and Eric Menk, Williams said it felt great winning the award but he stressed “my main purpose is to honor God and help my team grow.”

The points were based from final statistics and votes cast by the media, players, television coveror and the PBA, plus his statistical points.

The reigning slam dunk champion averaged 18.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 53 games.

Second PBA Mythical SelectionPhilippine Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realty had the most number of players to win an award. Aside from Williams, Ryan Reyes earned the 2008 Rookie of the Year honor after besting Coca-Cola’s Ronjay Buenafe and Welcoat’s Joe De Vance. Reyes also joined Williams in the Best defensive Team. Nelbert Omolon, meanwhile, was named to the second Mythical selection. Overall, the three Realtors went home with 5 honors among themselves.

"It’s a bountiful harvest for us after all these years. It’s harvest time and I think it’s about time. It’s the most rewarding season for the team," said Sta. Lucia govenor Buddy Encarnado.

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