Mikey Williams becomes 1st rookie to win Finals MVP in 18 years

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TNT’s prolific guard may be a rookie but he hardly played like one in the Tropang Giga’s finals conquest of the Magnolia Hotshots in the PBA Philippine Cup.

His efforts eventually led to him being named the Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first rookie to accomplish the feat since 2003, when Brandon Cablay won it while playing for the Alaska Aces in the 2003 PBA Invitational Championship.

The 30-year-old was simply unstoppable against the Hotshots as he averaged 27.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in TNT’s 4-1 series win over Magnolia. He had 24 points, four rebounds and four assists in TNT’s title-clinching 94-79 win over Magnolia on Oct. 29.

“I feel like this is a surreal moment for all of us,” he expressed. “We definitely put the work in, we definitely put in the time. It’s been a long season and it’s been challenging for everybody.”

Williams had one spectacular performance after another in the finals, including a memorable 39-point outing in Game Three, wherein he established a single-game rookie record for most three-pointers in a single game with 10.

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