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 poster girl of the WNBA…but neither of them are 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 years 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!
Canada’s Bridget Carleton selected 21st overall WNBA Draft
“Number 21 — went number 21, maybe there is a little karma there.”
Canadian Bridget Carleton (Chatham, Ont.) was selected 21st overall (2nd round,9th pick) by the Connecticut Sun at the 2019 WNBA Draft.
Carleton concluded arguably the best season by a Canadian woman at the NCAA division one level — culminating a spectacular career as the best small forward in the country earning the recipient of the 2019 Cheryl Miller award and Big 12 player of the year award — a first for a Cyclones player and a Canadian.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be drafted by the Connecticut Sun,” Carleton said. ” They have a great franchise and an amazing coaching staff. I can’t wait to get there, soak it all in and work as hard as I can. I am looking forward to starting this chapter of my basketball career.” —
In four years with Cyclones the 6’1″ guard racked-up almost every accolade possible, including consecutive unanimous all-Big 12
Consistent throughout her NCAA collegiate career, Carleton averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game, alongside 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks while improving her already impressive shooting numbers to 46.3% from field, 37% from three-pointers and 85.4 the foul-line.
Starting in 121 out of a possible 124 games for Iowa State, Carleton came-up eight-points shy of the school’s all-time scoring mark with 2142 points — failing to score under 19 points in a game just once in the
If it all goes according to plan, Iowa State could become the first NCAA school to have multiple Canadians selected in the WNBA and NBA drafts’ in the same year.
Both Marial Shayok (Ottawa) and Lindell Wigginton (Nova Scotia) who played crucial in the Cyclones men’s basketball program also declared in for the 2019 NBA Draft and strong cases for being selected in second-round.
Carleton’s selection marks the fifth straight year a Canadian has been drafted into the world’s best professional basketball league. Kia Nurke (2018) Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (2017), Adut Bulgak (2016), Ruth Hamblin (2016), Nirra Fields (2016), Natalie Anchonwa (2015)
Lastly, she is the first Canadian to be drafted out of the Big 12 since Canada’s highest WNBA pick — Stacey Dales out of the Oklahoma Sooners went third overall to the Washington Mystics back in 2002.
Captain Marvel And The WNBA Ask, ‘What Makes A Hero’?
HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER. Since it’s Superbowl spot touched down alongside the Avengers ‘Endgame’ she’s set to save following the ‘Infinity War’, the excitement for the new ‘Captain Marvel’s movie has reached epic levels. More than Marvel’s answer to ‘Wonder Woman’, the first true blockbuster of the calender, setting up her own assemble like ‘Black Panther’ last year is set to run the world like girls. Starring ‘Room’ Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Marvel are finally rolling their sleeves up and showing a superwoman’s worth. And the massive movie also starring ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ star Gemma Chan, Annette Benning, ‘Avengers Assemble’ star Clark Gregg back on the big-screen after ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’, Jude Law and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, shows in its empowering advertising campaigns that you can’t spell hero without H.E.R.
“We all have something to fight for. Something that calls us to lead. The question is how will you get it done,” our hero asks as we see footage from the forthcoming film mixed with real life superheroes in action. Breanna Stewart. Candace Parker. Sue Bird. With Basketball dominating social media much more than football we were only just thinking how long will it be before All-Star Game commercials are treated with as much anticipatory hype fanfare as Superbowl spots? Well apparently not long as at halftime of last night’s A.S.G. at the All Star weekend in Charlotte the WNBA and Marvel joined forces to air an amazing trailer/commercial for both the best big superhero movie right now and the next season of Basketball superstars performing heroics.
Let’s hope there’s a crossover comic-book next.
Empowering women and inspiring young girls worldwide to pick up a ball or the mantle of hero which they already are, this commercial was a hit success. Sure tweet about ‘Team LeBron’ all you want but there is no King without you know who. And standing on their own royal appointment these crowning Marvel’s rocked the halftime crowd like rapper J.Cole on the mic.
It’s just like Kyrie Irving told us at Charlotte this weekend, “women run the world. That’s the truth about it. Whether men want to admit it or not. Women run the world”.
Who run the world?
After a terrific season that saw Seattle and it’s future and all-time legend of this sport regardless of gender, Stewart and Bird storm their way to bringing the reign back to Emerald City. The spark was lit that carried the torch and lead her forward. And as Christy Hedgpeth, the COO of the WNBA says, “Women like Captain Marvel and our WNBA players define and inspire our own version of super hero in their everyday lives through their strength, speed and power. Whether that’s through basketball or striving to be the best they can be in the community, our players are inspiring examples of everyday heroes.”
Perfectly fitting you can see a hero for our times in Brie Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’, from March 8th. International Women’s Day. And then come May 24th right before this writers idol and sisters birthday you can catch a whole other kind of blockbuster season. Hotter than the Summer it’s set in.
They told you to expect great.
Now everyone can witness for real, ‘What Makes A Her(o)’.
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