PBA MVP : PETER JUNE SIMON

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    PBA MVP 2008: PETER JUNE SIMON

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    Peter June Simon
    Alias "Super Sub"
    Jersey No. 8
    Position Shooting Guard
    Current Team Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
    Personal Info
    Country Philippines
    Birth June 1, 1980 (1980-06-01) (age 28)
    Makilala, Cotabato
    Height 6 ft. 2 in.
    Weight 180 lbs.
    College University of Mindanao
    Career Highlights
    Draft 2001 43rd Overall
    by Sta. Lucia Realtors
    Pro Career 2004 – present
    Also played for sta. Lucia Realtors
    Awards Received

    2008 PBA Press Corps' Mr. Quality Minutes
    2008 PBA All-Star Game MVP
    2003-04 PBL Platinum Cup MVP
    PBL Press Corps Final MVP, 2003 Sunkist PBL Unity Cup
    Second Mythical Team, 2002-03 PBL Challenge Cup
    2001 Discovery Player of the Year
    JS Gaisano Cup MVP (3 times)
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    Considered as one of the premier back up guards in the PBA, Peter June Simon has finally found his niche in his team, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants. In the 2008 PBA All-Star Game, he was voted as the Most Valuable Player.
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    Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
    While still playing for Fash in the PBL, Purefoods offered him a two-year contract as a rookie free agent. He was actually drafted by Sta. Lucia Realtors as the 43rd overall pick in the 2001 PBA Draft. He toiled for a while in the MBA and PBL where he showcased his skills.

    But like in his stints in the MBA and PBL, his PBA career did not start hot as he played behind fellow star rookie James Yap. In Purefoods' seventh game in the One Philippines Cup, however, PJ got his game going as he led Purefoods in a come-from-behind win over Alaska, by scoring four of his team-high 18 points in final eleven seconds of the game.[50][51]

    In his first three seasons in the PBA, PJ Simon only showed flashes of his brilliance far and wide. In the 2007 Talk N' Text PBA Fiesta Cup, he was named Accel PBA Player of the week for the period May 6 to 13.[52][53][54] He came up with a team-high 22 points in a game against Coke on May 4 [55][56][57][58] then on May 13, he exploded for career-high 31 points and also grabbed ten rebounds to lead Purefoods in routing Ginebra, 117-105.[59][60]

    The 33rd season of the PBA proved to be the coming-out party for PJ Simon. While he still in the giant shadow of his more famous teammates, he created his niche by being the super sub for his team. As Purefoods set a franchise-record of 7-0 to start a season, PJ was the biggest hero in two of those wins. He scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter to lead Purefoods to its fifth straight win as they massacred Ginebra, 103-76, on November 4, 2007.[61][62][63]

    Then ten days later, he once more top scored Purefoods by making 22 points in their 100-81 rout on Air21, tying the franchise's best to start in the All Filipino.[64][65][66][67][68]

    In the Finals, PJ Simon had four scintillating games. Purefoods lost however to Sta. Lucia in seven games. But nevertheless, PJ Simon averaged 13.3 points to firmly establish himself as Purefoods' primary offensive off the bench.


    [edit] 2008 PBA All-Star Game
    Owing to his impressive performance in the 2007-08 PBA Philippine Cup, he was selected in a reserve role to take part in the All-Star Game held in Bacolod City. And PJ did not disappoint those who thrust him into that position as he made the most out of the opportunity. Although he only played for 20 minutes, he scored 29 points on 11-of-14 field goals and 4-of-4 on the line to tow the South team in a thrilling victory in overtime over the North squad, 163-158. With that, he was cited as the most valuable player, his first major PBA award in his four-year career.[69][70][71][72][73]

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    College
    To the uninitiated, PJ Simon was a relatively unknown. But to the hardcore basketball fans, and especially the Mindanao-based aficionados, PJ Simon was one of the biggest collegiate basketball heroes in Davao. He has built his reputation as one the fiercest and most exciting basketball warriors down south by joining in various competitions and leaving his marks on them. He collected three most valuable player (MVP) trophies in the collegiate leagues in Davao City[1] and reigned five times as the sultan of slams.[2]

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    Personal
    PJ Simon is the youngest in the brood of three of Pedro Simon, Jr., a teacher and the late Cristina. PJ is the only athlete in the family although his father played some basketball but not in the commercial leagues. After his mother succumbed to cancer some ten years ago, his father has since remarried. From his father and stepmother Flor, Simon has a half-brother and a half-sister.[74]

    His older siblings are Maricris and Anthony and both have families of their own and are based in Mindanao.

    PJ Simon and Charisma Peña of McCann-Erickson have been in a relationship for four years now. They plan to get married in two years. They are saving up enough for the future.[75]

    PJ Simon is a member of Victory Christian Fellowship at The Fort, Taguig City.

    Along with close friend and Purefoods teammate James Yap.

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    Philippine Basketball League (PBL)
    Following the disbandment of the MBA in July 2002, PJ Simon was immediately enlisted by Dazz Dishwashing Liquid, the Lamoiyan Corporation's Philippine Basketball League franchise. In no time, he created a big mark in the star-studded 2002-03 PBL Challenge Cup. For his efforts PJ Simon was selected into the Second Mythical Team during the Individual Players Achievement Awards. [25] He also helped the team to barge into the Finals. In his first PBL Finals appearance, PJ Simon led Dazz in a losing cause by scoring 18 points as they surrender to the Welcoat Paintmasters in overtime in Game 1 at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.[26] [27] [28]

    Although Dazz failed to win the title, a change of the team's name had boded well for the Lamoiyan franchise's fortunes. Hapee Toothpaste opened its championship run in the 2003 Sunkist PBL Unity Cup by defeating Viva Mineral Water behind the blazing guns of PJ Simon and Ryan Dy. [29][30] Then in the deciding Game 5 of Unity Cup finals, Hapee rode again on the heroics of PJ Simon to capture the crown.[31][32][33][34][35] For that he and team mate Richard Alvarez were later awarded by the PBL Press Corps as co-Final MVPs. [36][37]

    In the 2003 PBL-CBF Dual Meet Finals, PJ Simon and Allan Salangsang combined for 35 points off the bench as they powered Fash Liquid to beat Grachiya Energy Boosters, 86-76, at the Cebu Coliseum.[38][39]

    The following conference, PJ Simon edged out other illustrious cagers to bag the 2003-04 PBL Platinum Cup MVP with the print, radio and TV media solidly rallying behind him. [40][41][42][43] Joining PJ Simon in the Mythical Team were Fash team mate Richard Alvarez, future Purefoods team mates James Yap and Ervin Sotto, and Jojo Tangkay. He also led his team in another title, beating Welcoat Paintmasters in a hotly-contested five-game series.[44][45][46][47][48][49]

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