TNT’S MIKEY WILLIAMS FIRST ROOKIE TO BAG FINALS MVP IN 18 YEARS
Mikey Williams put in one of the most impressive rookie debuts in league history as he captured the Finals MVP in the battle between TNT and Magnolia, 94-79, last Friday, October 29.
After leading the Tropang Giga to the all-Filipino victory on Friday night, Williams emerged as the overwhelming pick as the Honda-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP.
The Fil-American delivered an average of 27.6 points, 5.8 boards, and 4.8 assists in the best-of-seven championship duel.
In Game 5, Williams scored 24 points on four three-pointers while also grabbing four boards and dishing out four assists to help the Tropang Giga break their six-year championship drought in his debut conference with the club.
The 6-foot-2 point guard shines with TNT and created history in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) by being the first rookie in 18 years to earn the league’s Finals MVP award.
A rookie earned this award in 1999 by Danny Seigle of San Miguel beer, followed by Alaska’s Brandon Cablay in the 2003 PBA Invitational Championship.
However, Williams is the first to accomplish this record in his very first conference.
“I feel like this is a surreal moment for all of us. We definitely put the work in, we definitely put the time. It’s been a long season and it’s been challenging for everybody,” Williams shared.
“I think we’re just really all blessed to be at this moment. And I think we’re just going to enjoy it.”