There was a variable in the MVP race that only Jeon Seong-hyun showed.
As of the end of the 2022-23 SKT A-Dot professional basketball, there was only Jeon Seong-hyun (Carrot) in the MVP race from round 1 to round 4. But little by little, the gap narrowed, and now there is a man standing next to Jeon Seong-hyun. It is Byun Jun-hyung (KGC).
If you ask who the MVP candidate was until the last 4 rounds, he would have mentioned Jeon Seong-hyun, who became that person. There was no need for disagreement. He was selected as the MVP of the 1st and 3rd rounds and engraved his name on all KBL 3-point shooting records.
But now things have changed. Byun Jun-hyung’s presence has grown tremendously. He stands tall as the ace of the ‘luxury corps’ KGC and leads the team’s solo 1st run.
Byun Jun-hyung played in all 41 games in the 2022-23 season, averaging 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.0 steals. Looking at the detailed indicators, in fact, there is no special part that will be a plus in the MVP competition. However, there is no denying that he is the most valuable player when he sees his play as a solver at any time in clutch situations and leading his teammates at the highest level in the league. KGC coach Kim Sang-sik was also confident, saying, “If we confirm the regular league first place, Byun Jun-hyung will be the MVP.”
The Ulsan Hyundai Mobis match held in Anyang on the 11th was a game that showed why Byun Jun-hyung became a strong MVP candidate. KGC struggled with the fast tempo of Hyundai Mobis, and the crisis that could collapse came several times. However, Byun Jun-hyung kept the balance by recording goals and assists at every moment. In addition, he showed off a wonderful pass that puts a wedge in the situation of additional energy in the game. It was also hard to forget the 3-storey stepback, which was undoubtedly successful when the attack was not resolved.
The highlight was a kill pass that helped Bae Byeong-jun’s 3-point shot in the 4th quarter. To Bae Byeong-jun, who was standing in the left corner, he delivered a pass that accurately cut through Hyundai Mobis’ defense. Bae Byung-Jun showed a surprised expression towards Byun Jun-Hyung, who sent him an amazing pass after a successful 3-point shot.
The most surprising thing was that Byun Jun-hyung himself read the flow of the game and adjusted the tempo. When the team struggled with Hyundai Mobis’ fast basketball, they slowed down the game through the tempo basket. Hyundai Mobis didn’t have a guard who recognized that the flow was slowly changing, and in the end, Byun Jun-hyung made the second half completely at his own pace.
Byun Jun-hyung, who was the best of his generation in high school and college, was like Seo Tae-woong in 「Slam Dunk」. He was a player who had to hold the ball and finish the goal. His playing style hasn’t changed much since his professional debut until early days. But little by little he started to see his teammates and he got to the point where he even controlled the flow of the game. He is now the best point guard in the league. 스포츠토토
If we vote for MVP now, it may be difficult for Byun Jun-hyung to win the most votes over Jeon Seong-hyun. One, there are more than half of the 5 rounds left, and there is also a 6 round. If Byun Jun-hyung’s current performance continues and leads KGC to No. 1 in the regular league, the MVP can be completely different. It is not strange that Byun Jun-hyung becomes the king because the team’s performance accounts for a considerable share of the MVP vote.