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?
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!
2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA
Masks off! That’s a wrap!
The NBA may be back…even if it is only preseason (yeah tell that to everyone in Tokyo, Japan last night), but don’t call it a comeback like the BIG3’s LL. Because like being here for years it never left. Yet the real dear departure we’re about to mourn is the curtain call on the great expectations of one of the best WNBA seasons tonight. One that’s been a Spark and a Storm, despite either of those legendary Los Angeles and Seattle franchises making the finals cut.
But instead it was the MVP with the face-mask, inspiring every Bradley Beal and John Wall Wizard in attendance to follow plastic facial suit, Elena Delle Donne who lead her Washington Mystics to their first WNBA championship crown setting the Sun on Connecticut. Mystifying like INXS for the leagues new sensation that’s about to live baby live.
And you thought the biggest thing in D.C. right now was top ten Japanese draft pick Rui Hachimura? A year before his nation hosts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for what we’re sure will be a legendary rookie campaign for the ages.
Washington basketball looks as beautiful as the magnificent Mall right now.
Just days after Bradley Beal penned a poignant piece for The Players Tribune sports personality journal entries in support of all of Washington and worldwide basketball, man and women, the Mystics showed it was all about them with an 89-78 win over the Suns. Rising like the trophy they lifted to follow their first banner and the epic emotion you see in the photo above.
Caption contest, greatness, legendary, amazing, everything.
So much more.
So, so much more.
“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words,” the epic leader Elena told press postgame. It really is indescribable, but we have a few more to give it a go.
Even with Delle Donne almost done with more herniated discs than you used to have albums in your cars CD changer (get well soon champ), she still hit 21 (all in that LeBron and Kobe face mask), to go along with the Finals MVP (to go along with her regular season one), Emma Meesseman’s team high 22.
Holding the leagues best record and now the trophy itself this was sweet redemption of emotion for the Mystics in this Game 5 after losing to the Storm’s front in last years Finals. When they were without their Belgium superstar Meesseman in the mess. But this year with everything up their sleeve, holding all the cards, the Mystics magic wasn’t going to be affected by any weather. Come Storm or Sun.
Sure when it comes to these Harry Potter themed teams in the United States capital city the Wizards may be pulling something big out their hat this year. But nothing spells the Mystics quite like M-V-P.
Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask
Vegas may have all the chips with the Sin City Aces and Hollywood the L.A. big-three with Candace Parker and the Ogwumike sister, sisters. Whilst the team they just beat Seattle, a storm of legacy making to legendary players, from Breanna Stewart to Sue Bird. Herself making sport, entertainment and all inclusive headlines for her off-court partnership with US soccer star and World Cup MVP winner, Megan Rapinoe.
But it’s D.C. that have the capital star as Washington’s mystifying Mystics star Elena Delle Donne is the Most Valuable Player for the second time.
EDD MVP of the WNBA.
And she did it all nose to knee injury.
Detroit Piston Rip Hamilton made the face-mask famous. And then ‘Star Wars’ super-fan Kobe Bryant became the Phantom Menace when he wore one for a bit, mauling his man like a Darth Sith lord. LeBron also had his own black, Bat Bron (Happy Batman Day caped crusaders), phantom opera during his time behind plastic like a Hollywood star for the theater. Even the dunking muscle of Russell Westbrook brought some Bane brutality to his. This trademark trend just seems to bring the beast out of the best. You remember how Bird flew through the black eye of the Storm last year with one? And now you can add MVP Elena Delle Donne to the face mask Hall of Fame.
And famous fans were even wearing matching masks in support solidarity as the back-court brotherhood of the NBA’s Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal sat court-side, faces sweating.
“Thank you to the people who made my mask and my knee brace. There should seriously be MVP awards for them”, Delle Donne told Twitter later in an acceptance speech thread of humble thanks.
Elena kept the face mask on after her nose healed because…well you know it’s inspiring and intimidating and cool as hell. But the knee brace has been a God send Most Underrated Player Of The Season. After her nightmare playoff injury against the Atlanta Dream last year, this sleeve holding her leg together cap to joint has helped the reawakening of a legends career.
Even without the MVP or LL Cool J knockout, bell rocking comeback, Delle Donne was already one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time…let alone the right now G.O.A.T.’s. But take a look at her now.
She just may be one of the games greatest. Counting either gender.
Ignorantly don’t believe us? Well remember Carter, men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.
How’s the first player in the women’s game to record 50/40/90 splits in a season suit you?
If you’re not impressed, suit yourself. Because Delle Donne don’t care. Right now she’s focusing on bigger things. Like beating the house in Las Vegas following her Game 2 win against the Aces. And after Hamby’s miracle roll from half-court against Elena’s former team the Chicago Sky, it’s time for the MVP to run it back in revenge.
Now that would really be an ace in the hole.
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