The trend is Byun Jun-hyung, the reason why he is inferior to MVP
The trend is now Byun Jun-hyung. Byun Jun-hyung, 슬롯사이트who stands tall as the new ‘hero’ that symbolizes Anyang KGC, led the team’s solo run to first place and the club’s most consecutive wins. He is one step closer to his first regular league MVP challenge.
KGC recorded 10 consecutive wins by winning 88-79 with the performance of Byun Jun-hyung, who scored 26 points in the 2022-23 professional basketball regular season home game held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 17th. In 2005, during the days of Anyang SBS, the predecessor of KGC, 15 consecutive wins with Dante Jones, a top-notch foreign player, is the club’s most consecutive win record.
From 2010, after changing the signboard to the current KGC, the previous record was 9 consecutive wins in March 2017. The record for the most consecutive wins in KBL history is 17 consecutive wins recorded by Ulsan Mobis (now Ulsan Hyundai Mobis) from Seoul Samsung on February 16, 2013 to Goyang Orions (now Goyang Carrot) on October 19, 2013.
Entering 2023, KGC enjoyed the joy of the first double-digit winning streak from the match against Korea Gas Corporation in Daegu on January 29th to the match against KCC on the 17th. In addition, KGC, which ran 33-11 (.750), took a step closer to winning the regular league by extending its ride to 2nd place Changwon LG (28-15) by 4.5 games.
At the center of this KGC gust is Byun Jun-hyung. In KGC, Lee Jae-do (Changwon LG) after the 2020-21 season and Jeon Seong-hyun (Goyang Carrot) each obtained FA qualification after the 2021-22 season, and there was a power leak of key players in succession. The burden of Byun Jun-hyung, who had to fill the empty spot, was bound to increase. Even as an individual Byun Jun-hyung, he was recognized as a star player enough to be named the first high-paid player within the top 30 in the league, and ranked 3rd in the team following Oh Se-geun and Moon Seong-gon with a total of 280 million this season’s remuneration. It was bound to be an even more special season.
Byun Jun-hyung is living up to that expectation brilliantly. As of the 2022-23 season, Byun Jun-hyung has played in all 44 games the team has played, scoring 14.3 points, 5.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. His score is second in the team and first among domestic players, behind Omari Spellman (19.5 points). Assists are second overall after Kim Seon-hyung (SK. 6.3). This is Byun Jun-hyung’s career high record since his professional debut.
Byun Jun-hyung, who graduated from Dongguk University and joined Anyang KGC with the 2nd pick in the 1st round of the 2018 rookie draft, has grown steadily every year, starting with the 2018-19 season Rookie of the Year, the first year of his debut. got it
By the time Byun Jun-hyung made his professional debut, his classmates who were graduating from college in the same year were called the ‘valley generation’ and were undervalued. In the case of the 2018 rookie draft motives, the only players who have successfully established themselves on the professional stage are Seo Myung-jin (Ulsan Hyundai Mobis), who graduated from high school and went straight to the pros, and Jeon Hyun-woo (Daegu Korea Gas Corporation), who won the Sixth Man Award. The scene in which KT, which had the first nomination right at the time, nominated forward Park Jun-young (currently managing director) instead of Byun Jun-hyung, created a rare buzzword for basketball fans today called ‘Byun Geo-bak (Byun Jun-hyung and Park Jun-young)’.
Byun Jun-hyeong is aiming for a step-up as a ‘superstar’ representing the team and league starting from this season, after surpassing the limits of the valley generation and becoming the best successful case of the 2018 draft. In the meantime, when it comes to the pronoun of ‘Seonggol Franchise Star’ representing KGC, Oh Se-geun is also the first to be selected. Since his debut in 2011, Oh Se-geun has been active only as a one-club man for KGC, leaving splendid footprints such as rookie king-MVP Triple Crown (regular league, championship game, all-star game) and team championship three times.
Oh Se-geun still has one of the best skills in the league, but as he became a veteran, he took a step back from a leading role to a ‘luxurious supporting actor’ that brightens his juniors. This season, the role of the ace leading KGC is shifting the center of gravity from Oh Se-geun to Byun Jun-hyeong little by little. It reminds me of how the team’s ace seat was naturally inherited from big man Tim Duncan to guard Tony Parker during the heyday of the San Antonio Spurs in the past.
In addition, as KGC gets closer to winning the regular league, Byun Jun-hyung is rapidly emerging as a strong MVP candidate. By the middle of the season, the MVP competition was in an atmosphere that was hardened by the solo system of former teammate Jeon Seong-hyun. Jeon Seong-hyun has already won the round MVP twice this season with an amazing pace that breaks various records in this category with a season average of 19 points (1st in Korea, 3rd overall) and 3.8 average 3-pointers per game. It is evaluated that the power of ‘archery basketball’ centered on Jeon Seong-hyun was great to raise Carrot, who was considered a weak team, to the semifinals.
Byun Jun-hyeong also won the second round MVP once. In the last 4 rounds, he competed fiercely for MVP with Lee Dae-sung, but was pushed back by a narrow margin of 3 votes.
Until recently, Byun Jun-hyung was somewhat behind Jeon Seong-hyun in terms of his personal grades and topics. Compared to Jeon Seong-hyun, who has a clear impact of 3-point shot record streak and struggles as the ace of the underdog team, Byun Jun-hyung’s weakness is that he has good stats but does not have a clear standout. As his team, KGC, was in first place, there were also evaluations that he benefited from being with all-star teammates at each position.
However, as KGC challenged the club’s founding record of most wins and most consecutive wins and in fact ran at a 40-win pace, the evaluation is getting more and more popular that KGC is receiving a ‘Byun Jun-hyung buff’ rather than Byun Jun-hyung enjoying a ‘team performance premium’. It is rising.
In fact, while KGC was racing for 10 consecutive wins, there were many games that changed the flow with Byun Jun-hyung’s performance in each match. Wonju DB on the 9th (21 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds), Ulsan Hyundai Mobis on the 11th (18 points, 9 assists), and KCC on the 17th (26 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds) were all close matches, and KGC played several times. There was a gobi that almost collapsed, but it was a game that I was able to keep the victory with Byun Jun-hyung’s amazing concentration in the 4th quarter.
In particular, recently, he goes beyond leading and coordinating KGC’s outstanding star players, and even shows himself as a solver at any time in clutch situations. The frequent ups and downs pointed out as weaknesses, and the evaluation that he has less impact as an ace than Jeon Seong-hyun are becoming a thing of the past.
Byun Jun-hyung is now a star player and an MVP candidate. It is also an opportunity for Byun Jun-hyung that his rival Seong-Hyun Jeon is somewhat stagnant in the second half of the season, and his momentum has declined due to his own gossip and domestic and foreign exchanges surrounding the club. Attention is focusing on whether Byun Jun-hyung, who is on the rise, will be able to achieve a band electrode called ‘Jeon Geo-byun (Jeon Seong-hyun and Byun Jun-hyung)’ in the MVP competition following Byun Geo-bak.