A fun and slightly surprising WNBA season is now in the books, and it is now time to think about who could be in line for the Most Valuable Player award. There is no shortage of candidates that have delivered a high level of performance throughout the season and placed their teams in a good position for post-season success.
Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne is a prolific free-throw shooter who has a record of 54 consecutive makes. Her overall foul line performance marks the sixth time in the history of the league that a player has made in excess of 200 free throws in a single season. Her 95.0 percentage is the seventh-best single-season mark in the history of the league and the highest all time percentage among players with over 100 free throw attempts during a season.
Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks is also a contender. She now leads the Sparks with 19.4 average points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.8 blocks per game in the 16 games she has played.
On the other hand, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner was suspended for the first seven games of the season due to the domestic violence controversy surrounding her and ex-wife Glory Johnson. However, once she hit the floor, everything seemed to fall in place and she enjoyed another spectacular season. She averaged 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks which was a league best. She converted 57 percent of her field goal attempts and is still the biggest defensive factor in the league. Thanks to her presence, the Mercury will once again be tough competition for any team in the playoffs.
Once chosen, the winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award, presented by Samsung, will receive a specially designed trophy and $15,000.