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Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne Has Sky-High Year In Windy City As WNBA MVP

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Chicagos Elena Delle Donne Has Sky High Year In Windy City As Wnba Mvp

Los Angeles legend Lisa Leslie may have just entered the Hall, whilst former Sparks teammate Candace Parker rivals the Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins as the poster girl of the WNBA…but neither of them is MVP.

The Most Valuable Player of the Women’s National Basketball Association for the 2015 season is Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.

At just 26 years of age, EDD has confirmed herself as not only the best female basketball player of the year but one of the best basketball players around today, regardless of gender. Her sister team to the Chicago Bulls may be sponsored by Boost mobile, but it was Samsung who called in with the MVP trophy this year as sponsors of the WNBA.

Five-time, record Player of The Week, Delle Donne has only been in this league a couple of years, yet the second pick in the 2013 WNBA draft in just 31 games has averaged 23.4 points per, the fifth-highest scoring average in the history of this association. No wonder this guard/forward swing-woman received 38 out of 39 first place votes for nearly a clean, 100% sweep of the panel of sportswriters and broadcasters for her first MVP win.

Now the air of the playoff potential for the second-seeded Chicago out East is about to touch the sky for the more valuable award tour to come.

Highlights of the spirit of the Sky’s year include notching 40 points twice, 30 points five times, and 20 points 21 times that all helped lead the Sky to the tip of a 23-13 hook that see them primed for domination in a league full of talent from veteran legends like Sue Bird to youngsters like Maya Moore (last years MVP and this year’s runner up). The Sky are flying now with Chi-town’s finest who also averaged 8.4 rebounds and 2.06 blocks in her re-paint of the post. Her most impressive statistic of significance by far is her 95% free-throw shooting at an almost perfect 207 out of 218 clip (including a Sky box record 54 consecutive). She missed just over only 10 free-throws…can you believe that? Can most NBA guys do that?

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Coming in third, fourth and fifth respectively were Tina Charles, the 2012 MVP of the New York Liberty, with 181 points, followed by Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner with 70 points and two-time MVP forward/center Candace Parker of the L.A. Sparks with 50. With all this talent it’s clear it’s been an amazing year for WNBA basketball. Expect great? This may just be the best yet…and it’s all led by the epic play of Elena. Delle Donne demands a double-team each trip down the floor on the way to her own double-double. From now on that’s what the D.D. stands for and the energy from EDD is going to propel the Sky even further into the rafters of the stratosphere.

Soon her team, like her will be untouchable…that’s the Chicago way!

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Canadian Kia Nurse breaking WNBA ankles & records

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Canadian Kia Nurse Breaking Wnba Records & Ankles

It was evidently clear to me back in 2014 that Kia Nurse was way ahead of schedule. We featured Nurse in our “Got Next” section of BasketballBuzz Magazine — not only highlighting her journey, superb skills but also her respect for the game and opponents via her mantra of “respect all, fear none.”

A lot has changed since that feature, but what hasn’t changed is her attitude and most of all her incredible all-around game.

Now in her second season with the WNBA’s New York Liberty, Nurse is breaking records and ankles – surpassing all exceptions as she is set to become Canada’s latest and greatest Canadian WNBA all-Star.

Nurse is currently averaging 16 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. More importantly, she takes her game up a notch when the Liberty win – averaging 20 points , 4.0 assists , 2.3 steals for New York who sit 7W-8L.

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Nurse has quickly become the face of women’s basketball in Canada and was featured across Canada during the 2019 NCAA March Madness coverage, providing in-depth analysis and commentary on her path to NCAA success and WNBA stardom.

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Increase WNBA coverage across Canada

Up to now, it was nearly impossible to find a WNBA game across Canadian sports stations. So bad, has the coverage been, that it actually reminded me of the early Raptors days, where finding a basketball was like pulling teeth. With the increase of the popularity of basketball in Canada also comes an increase and demand for more content and the big media players are finally stepping-up and delivering a solid amount of WNBA coverage to satisfy more than the average basketball fans pallete.

2020 Toronto’s WNBA bid

Toronto has and will always be a world class city, blessed with every major sports league calling the six home, expect for a NFL team. The long awaited question, Why doesn’t Toronto have a WNBA franchise? appears to have been answered.

Now we can only wait for the day Nurse is playing for Toronto’s WNBA franchise or maybe running basketball operations.

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Sister Act. Ogwumike Siblings Spark Hollywood Reunion In Los Angeles

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Sister Act. Ogwumike Siblings Spark Hollywood Reunion In Los Angeles
Sister, Sister...

It’s a family affair in Hollywood.

‘Mike check, 1…2, 1…2. Chiney Ogwumike has gone from the Connecticut Sun to a Californian one to reunite with Stanford sister Nneka.

And in an instant the Candace Parker Sparks have plugged themselves in to this year’s favourite to be the HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER, ‘Captain Marvel’ of the WNBA.

The Sparks are now illuminated by this former scorching Sun star, her former MVP sister, Candace, Point Goddess Chelsea Gray and hot clutch shooter Alana Beard. And that’s just for starters, before we get to the splinters that will stick in you from the bolstered bench. Or their seventh seal in this year’s draft, the Baylor made star Kalani Brown.

Looks like Laker legend and new coach Derek Fisher-no stranger to the closing seconds of the game himself-has a lot to light up from his sideline fuse.

The Sparks gave up a first round draft pick from next year’s 2020 lottery to get this former number one pick in the 2014 pick of players and it was well worth every spot. Chiney is a star in her prime now, whilst her sister Nneka is a veteran legend. Combine the two of them together on the same squad like their Stanford college alumni days and you have a one, two punch like the Sparks had in the legendary Lisa Leslie days alongside Candace Parker. Except the Los Angeles Sparks still have Parker. One of the best players in the league right now and for all time, giving them an even better big-three and superteam then they’ve ever had in their purple and gold coronation.

This is beautiful for a game that is all about family. From the Grant one to the Lopez twin peaks. Even sons inheriting the skills of their father from Gary Payton II to Tim Hardaway Jnr. To what’s to come from Bol Bol, Shareef O’Neal (let’s make this special and get him drafted to pops Lake Show) and Bronny.

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Oh yeah and the Ball boys.

But nothing is quite as special as these sisters doing it for themselves and each other on the Lakers sister squad that now stands as its own in STAPLES like the California clashing Clippers.

After becoming Rookie of the Year, Chiney suffered through knee and Achilles injuries whilst playing in China which stunted her seasons. But in the last one this low post threat, bullied back in the paint with a 14 point average and half of that in rebounds with seven. Expect those stats that would be the perfect compliment to Candace and big sis to only improve anyway. As will the perimeter presence of the likes of All Star point Gray and Beard trimming down those shots from downtown Pico.

Peek at your 2019 WNBA champions. Because the best of the best Skylar Diggings-Smith and Breanna Stewart will join the legendary likes of Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore missing the majority if not in most cases all the forthcoming season. Which is such a shame, even if there is so much more talent on display in this expect great league. But with Storm’s weathered in Seattle and Dallas Wings clipped, these Sparks with the Fish that saved L.A. in charge are showing like in the Michael Cooper days they are more than just a legendary name plugged into their head coaching seat.

The stand for one of the best leagues in the greatest game and it’s next generation starts now.

Watch them make way and lead the charge in their game, their way.

And worthy of a Hollywood story, but a real household one, these sisters are each other keepers.

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