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L.A.’s Nneka Ogwumike Sparks First WNBA MVP

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L.A.'s Nneka Ogwumike Sparks First WNBA MVP

Did you watch her work?

Most casual WNBA fans may think the league and legacy of the Laker purple and gold sister franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks lies with the legend of retired great Lisa Leslie. Whilst those lent over a little more like a quarter past four may think that when it comes to these latest ladies on the Sparks former 2013 WNBA MVP and poster-child of the new generation, Candace Parker leads the way.

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But in a league of great expectations. Of Sue Bird’s and Diana Taurasi’s. Elena Delle Donne’s and Skylar Diggins and even for sure Rookie Of The Year Breanna Stewart, it’s all about Nneka Ogwumike right now.

The Los Angeles Sparks star is your unaminous 2016 Most Valuable Player of the Womens National Basketball Association.

Envy she.

Sparking Los Angeles to a 28 and 2 record, crazily only good enough for the second seed out West come these around the corner of the basket playoffs, Ogwumike was instrumental in all that was conducted on court. As in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s Laker retirement, purple and gold Los Angeles basketball came back with an 11 and nothing start that was only capped wheb they met fellow league best, West powerhouse, the Minnesota Lynx.

Nneka ranks third in the WNBA in overall scoring averaging 19.7 points per game. She also takes the bronze in rebound averages with 9.1 boards per. But she leads the league all-round just like she does with her 66.5% shooting percentage. Good…no great for second best all-time in WNBA league history.

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And if you thought that was good Ogwumike set the tone for consecutive field goals. As her M.J. 23 leads this association all-time. And in June this 6,2 Power Forward was 100% perfect in every shot she took.

Now who are you going to give the ball to in the waning seconds of a game? Nneka or Candace? It’s a spoiled scouts choice.

Now Nneka Ogwumike lets is fly like a Bird, Larry or Sue, she shows this womens game is just as great as the mens, not “capable”. Just like the Gold Medal winning Womens National Team did in this Summers 2016 Olympics in Rio even besting the boys.

But you know who else should have been there?

“I was told there were a lot of athletes at my position and that I had a bright future,” the ever professional Sparks superstar told Los Angeles Times press. “I believed it. I’m fine with it.”

But we believe in something else.

We believe in her.

We believe that Nneka is about to go for her own gold with fellow Rio snubbed, MVP great Candace Parker.

Now every young girl is going to want to be like Ogwumike.

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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.

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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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Canada’s Bridget Carleton selected 21st overall WNBA Draft

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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.

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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 first team awards (2017-18) including fifteen conference player of the week awards in her career.

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.

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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 grueling 18-game Big 12 conference schedule.

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.

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