To this day, Benjie Paras still owns the distinction as the only PBA player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards at the same time.
The 4-time PBA champion and member of the 40 Greatest PBA players did the trick in 1989.
Fast forward to 2021 and a six-foot-two, 192-pound Fil-American guard might be the second player in the league’s 46-year history to accomplish the remarkable feat.
TNT Tropang Giga rookie Mikey Williams capped off his sensational PBA Finals debut with his maiden All-Filipino Cup title and a Finals MVP after averaging 27.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
Courtesy of his stellar rookie campaign, the fourth overall pick of this year’s PBA draft is on track – if he can sustain his fiery form in the next conference – to match Paras’ feat of a Rookie-MVP campaign three decades ago.
The Tower of Power ended his first year in the pros with averages of 25.8 points, 13 boards, and 2.6 blocks highlighted by a 50-point performance against Alaska in only his 2nd month in the league.
Meanwhile, Williams garnered 35.3 statistical points at the end of the Philippine Cup, dislodging this conference’s Best Player of Conference awardee Calvin Abueva of the Magnolia Hotshots for the top spot.
Abueva fell to third place with 32.3 SPs as NorthPort guard Robert Bolick overtook ‘The Beast’ after finishing with 33.7 SPs.
Hotshots’ Ian Sangalang and six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of the San Miguel Beermen complete the top 5 after both big men accumulated for 32.2 and 31.8 statistical points, respectively.