You know it has been a great WNBA season when there are quite a few players who could win the 2013 WNBA MVP award. Could this be the second time in WNBA history that a rookie wins both Rookie of the Year and the MVP award? Chicago Sky forward Elena Della Donne has opened up that conversation and could become the first player since Parker in 2008 to win both rookie of the year and player of the year awards. Just how good has Della Donne been, during the 2013 season, the Sky forward became just the second player in WNBA history to sweep the Rookie of the Month awards (Tina Charles, 2010).
With an impressive first season, Della Donne has showed off her versatility & abilities in helping the Sky clinch their first playoff appearance in team history.
Della Donne’s teammate Sylvia Fowles cannot be overlooked. A dominant force in the paint, Fowles won three consecutive Player of the Month awards – July, August and September.
Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, had a remarkable year and ended the regular season No. 1 in scoring (21.8 ppg) and steals (2.8 spg).
Throw into the mix Minnesota Lynx guard Maya Moore. Playing in her third WNBA season, Moore wrapped up the regular season leading the league in both three-point accuracy (.453) and three-pointers made (72), becoming the first player in WNBA history to accomplish the feat. Moore averaged career-highs in points (18.5, third in WNBA), field goal percentage (.509, 10th in WNBA), free throw accuracy (.882, 7th in WNBA) and three-point percentage. She also finished the year sixth in steals (1.74 spg), 15th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and T-16th in assists (3.0 apg).
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, managed to maintain her scoring edge (she was second in the league in scoring at 20.8 ppg) and was super in creating shots for her teammates, averaging 6.2 apg, second best in the WNBA. Not too shabby.
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and LA Sparks F/C Candice Parker, the 2013 WNBA All-Star game MVP. Hmmmm should be interesting.
In this battle for MVP, Team WSEN selects: Elena Della Donne
Rookie of the Year ~
Elena Della Donne…see above, nuff said.
Most Improved Player ~
From Pretenders to Contenders? Washington Mystics spark plug guard Ivory Latta, signed during the off-season, led the league in most 3 point field goals made this season. Latta also led her team in scoring averaging 13.9 ppg.
Fever guard Shavonte Zellous averaged a career-high 14.7 ppg and San Antonio Silver Stars Danielle Robinson.
Team WSEN selects: Ivory Latta
Coach of the Year ~
Lin Dunn and Mike Thibault are the front runners here. Coach Dunn has done a phenomenal job getting her injury-plagued team back to the playoff for the ninth straight season to defend their 2012 championship. Overcoming a 1-7 start with injuries to key players throughout the season to make the playoffs.
During the offseason Mike Thibault took his coaching & GM talents to the Washington Mystics. In his first season at the helm, Thibault became the winningest coach in WNBA history, and the Mystics have returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
Team WSEN selects: Coach Lin Dunn