After tabulating the votes, the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League announced that the winner of the 2013 ABL World Import MVP is the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers’ Christien Charles.
Chris Charles was the league’s best big man in 2013, leading the ABL in blocked shots while averaging the second highest in points and rebounds. Charles holds the single game high mark for rebounds (27) and blocks (9) this season. His 16 double-doubles rank second overall. Charles’ best performance came against the Westports Malaysia Dragons on April 3. Charles scored 35 points, second most in the league all season, on 16-20 shooting from the field. He also pulled down 17 rebounds, blocked 7 shots and, perhaps most impressive, did not turn the ball over in 40 minutes of play.
This is Charles’s second 2013 ABL End of Season Award as he was honoured as the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year last week.
“I am extremely grateful towards the ABL, organizations, coaches and fans for this award. This is a first class league with a lot of talented players from all over so to be acknowledged by it is a huge honor,” said Charles, upon being informed of his award. “It means so much to me because of how my journey here started. I remember being back in Milwaukee kind of uncertain about where I would play this season. So when this opportunity came I was mentally & physically ready to play. Very hungry.”
“The major factor is Coach Joe Bryant. He puts his guys in positions to excel on the court. Can’t thank him enough. My basketball IQ is definitely higher because of him. His basketball knowledge is incredible,” Charles continued, on the reasons behind his successful debut season in the ABL. “Also my Slammers teammates and owner are great guys and we came together like a family as the season progressed.”
Other nominees in the category included the Indonesia Warriors’ Chris Daniels, the Westports Malaysia Dragons’ Gavin Edwards, the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers’ Rashad Jones-Jennings and the Saigon Heat’s David Palmer.
“Chris Charles made an immediate impact in our league on both ends of the floor,” said ABL CEO Anthony Macri. “His length and athleticism turned the Slammers into a playoff team. In addition, his leadership and high quality character have been evident throughout the season.”
The selection process for the player awards began with ABL officials selecting nominees for each category based on statistics from the regular season. Nominees are required to have played in at least 16 games in order to be eligible. The list of nominees was then sent to each team. Votes were then cast based on a ranking system. The league collates the ballots to determine the winners.
There will be one more 2013 ABL End of Season award will be announced on Wednesday the 5th of June – the AirAsia 2013 ASEAN MVP award. The 2013 ABL Finals then start on Friday the 7th of June 2013 between the San Miguel Beermen and the Indonesia Warriors at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.