Fil-Can reaches the PBA and shines

By , on May 16, 2017


Matthew Wright Attacks The Basket for 2-points (Photo: Patrick Dooc/ Pinoy Crossover)
Matthew Wright Attacks The Basket for 2-points (Photo: Patrick Dooc/ Pinoy Crossover)

TORONTO –Filipino-Canadian Matthew Wright was only a PBA prospect last November. Philippine news outlets questioned if he was prepared for the PBA and if he had the potential to become a game changer on the team that acquired him. Now after being drafted, Wright has made a name for himself in the PBA.

Before landing with the PBA Phoenix Fuelmasters, his 2015-2016 season in the ABL was with the Westports Malaysia Dragons. He averaged 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Wright led the Westports Malaysia Dragons to the Finals winning the ABL Championship and receiving the ABL MVP award honors.

Now after signing a 3-year, P8.5 M rookie max deal with the Phoenix Fuelmasters, Wright is proving to be a good choice for the basketball club. Only in his rookie year, Matthew Wright has already had notable highlights. In his debut game in the PBA he scored 14 points, he also was named PBA player  of the week in the month of January,  and he has also caught fire from outside the 3 point line nailing 5 threes in one game.

Wright also participated in the 2017 PBA All-star’s 3 point contest and in the PBA All-star games. During the PBA festivities Matthew came out as the PBA MVP twice: in Luzon scoring 15 points, and in Mindanao scoring 22 points. Receiving these awards came at the right time for it also justified his presence on making the National Gilas Team set to compete in the upcoming months. Filipino-Canadian Matthew Wright has just begun his career in the PBA and seems as if this Fil-Can is on the “Wright” path.

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