2022 WNBA Awards: Aces clean up as Aja Wilson, Jackie Young and Becky Hammon win major titles

The WNBA playoffs are coming to a close, and now the league awards season is over, too. Over the past few weeks, the league has officially honored the best and brightest of the 2022 regular season. Here’s a look at each individual winner with the All-WNBA, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams.

Best Player: Aja Wilson, Las Vegas Ice

As expected, the MVP race came to A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, and it was decided by just a few votes. In the end, Wilson took the win, taking 31 first-place votes and 478 total points Compared to Stewart’s 23 first-place votes and 446 total points. Wilson put in 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.9 pieces per game, while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the arc. Regardless of points, all these numbers were their career highs, taking fifth place in the league by scoring goals, second in rebounding, and first in blocks; No one else was in the top five in all three categories. Wilson is the seventh player to win multiple MVP awards and the fifth player to win MVP and DPOY in the same season.

Defensive Player of the Year: Aja Wilson, Las Vegas ICE

In one of the closest races we’ve seen this award season, Aja Wilson beat Alyssa Thomas and Brenna Stewart as Defensive Player of the Year. This is the first time Wilson has won the award, and she is the first female player in the history of the Aces Series to do so. Wilson led the league in blocks with 1.9 per game and also averaged 7.6 defensive rebounds and 1.4 steals. Furthermore, she ranked third in defensive win stakes at 2.4, at Basketball-Reference.com. While the Aces didn’t have the best team defense, Wilson’s individual prowess and elite edge protection were enough to earn them this honor.

Rookie of the Year: Ryan Howard, Atlanta Dream

There was a little suspense when this award was announced. Howard, seeded #1 overall, was fantastic in the junior season, averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Among the juniors, she was first in scoring, sixth in rebounds, first in assists and first in stealing. She also became the eighth rookie in league history with an average of at least 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two arrows (steals plus blocks). Thanks in large part to Howard, the dream exceeded expectations and almost made it to the playoffs.

Most Improved Player: Jackie Young, Las Vegas Ice

In another first-seeded win, Jackie Young was named the Most Improved Player. After improving steadily since her rookie season in 2019, Young has jumped this season and became an All-Star for the first time. She averaged 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 43.1 percent from a 3-point ground; All these numbers, except for assists, were at a high career level. Young’s outside shot was the biggest difference, as she went from a hesitant shot to one of the best players in the league.

Sixth Player of the Year: Breonna Jones, Connecticut Sun

With Alyssa Thomas back to health again, last season’s player of the year Briona Jones is back on the bench. There, she quickly became the favorite for Year 6 Player of the Year and This honor is now officially awarded. It’s the third different player from Sun to win the award, which is more than any other franchise. Jones placed 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds on 56.9 percent of the field, earning an All-Star for the second consecutive season.

Coach of the Year: Becky Hammon, Las Vegas Ice

One of the biggest moves of the entire Excel season were the ace cards that allowed long-time coach Bill Laimbere to go and hire Becky Hammon to replace him. You have turned the Aces into a modern basketball team and helped make them an unstoppable line on attack. Under the leadership of Hammon, Aces won a franchise record – 26 games and won first place in the playoffs. hamon The third former player to win the award.

CEO of the Year: James Wade, Chicago Sky

Wade has dual responsibilities as head coach and general manager of Sky, and few people in the history of the league have managed to rank as well as he did last year. Having led Sky to the title last season, Then put together an advanced lesson in team building and list management In the winter to make sure they stay competitive this season. Major moves included re-signing with Courtney Vanderslott, Ally Quigley and Kahlia Cooper, signing with Emma Messiman and Rebecca Gardner on free agency, as well as trading for Julie Allmand.

All WNBA First Team

Note: All-WNBA teams are now vacant

Skylar Diggins Smith

Phoenix Mercury

Candice Parker

Chicago Sky

Kelsey Bloom

Las Vegas Aces

Brianna Stewart

Seattle Storm

Aja Wilson

Las Vegas Aces

Every second WNBA team

Silvia Fowles

Minnesota Linux

Sabrina Ionescu

New York Liberty

Jonquil Jones

Connecticut Sun

Nika Ogomec

Los Angeles Sparks

Alyssa Thomas

Connecticut Sun

Defensive first team

Note: Defensive teams remain position-based

Ariel Atkins

Sophia Washington

Protect

Natasha Cloud

Sophia Washington

Protect

Brianna Stewart

Seattle Storm

straight ahead

Aja Wilson

Las Vegas Aces

straight ahead

Silvia Fowles

Minnesota Linux

center

Defensive second team full

player

Team

Site

Britney Sykes

Los Angeles Sparks

Protect

Gabe Williams

Seattle Storm

Protect

Azi Magbegor

Seattle Storm

straight ahead

Alyssa Thomas

Connecticut Sun

straight ahead

Jonquil Jones

Connecticut Sun

center

All beginners team

Ryan Howard

Atlanta Dream

Nalissa Smith

Indiana fever

Shakira Austin

Sophia Washington

Queen Agbo

Indiana fever

Rebecca Gardner

Chicago Sky

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