The WNBA’s 2023 season has come to an exhilarating close leaving fans and pundits alike eagerly awaiting the crowning of the Most Valuable Player (MVP). With an exceptionally competitive season a multitude of players have presented strong cases for this prestigious accolade. In this article we see the top contenders and their impressive statistics, providing a comprehensive overview of the MVP race.
The MVP announcement is set for September 26 following the Most Improved Player award on September 21. The top five MVP candidates are:
A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) – Impressive stats: 22.8 ppg, 55.7% shooting and 9.5 rpg.
Breanna Stewart (New York Liberty) – Averaging 23.0 ppg, pivotal for Liberty’s second seed.
Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun) – Veteran’s excellent season: 15.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 7.9 apg.
Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings) – Key player for the fourth-seeded Wings with 18.6 ppg.
Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx) – Lynx leader with 21.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
MVP Announcement Date and Time
Mark your calendars because the 2023 WNBA MVP will be unveiled on September 26, 2023. Unfortunately the exact time of the announcement remains a mystery. This momentous occasion follows the KIA WNBA Most Improved Player announcement on September 21, 2023, by a mere five days.
WNBA MVP Contenders: A Fierce Competition
The 2023 MVP race is one for the ages with each contender leaving an indelible mark on the season. Let’s take a closer look at the top five front-runners:
5) Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx)
Napheesa Collier the formidable forward of the Minnesota Lynx claims the fifth spot on our MVP ladder. She ranks fourth among the league’s scoring leaders averaging an impressive 21.5 points per game. Collier boasts a shooting percentage of 48.5% including a respectable 29.8% from beyond the arc. In addition to her scoring prowess she secures 8.5 rebounds per game. Collier’s leadership has been instrumental in guiding the Lynx to the sixth spot in playoff contention.
4) Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings)
In the fourth spot we find Satou Sabally from the Dallas Wings a force to be reckoned with. Sabally’s contributions are undeniable as she averaged 18.6 points per game on 43.5% shooting including an impressive 36.1% from 3-point range. Her versatility shines through with 8.1 rebounds per game. Sabally’s stellar performance has ensured the Wings’ place in playoff contention securing the fourth seed.
3) Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun)
Alyssa Thomas a forward for the Connecticut Sun claims the third spot on our MVP ladder. In her remarkable 10th season in the league Thomas continues to shine. She averaged 15.5 points per game on 47.4% shooting along with 9.9 rebounds and an astonishing 7.9 assists per game. With the playoffs beckoning Thomas is poised for a deep postseason run with the Connecticut Sun currently holding the third seed.
2) Breanna Stewart (New York Liberty)
New York Liberty’s forward Breanna Stewart secures the second spot in the MVP race. After six successful seasons with the Seattle Storm Stewart has demonstrated her dominance once again with her new team. Averaging 23.0 points per game on 46.5% shooting including 35.5% from 3-point range Stewart has been a driving force. Additionally she secures 9.3 rebounds per game. Stewart’s contributions have propelled the Liberty to the second seed in the playoffs.
1) A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)
Claiming the top spot is none other than A’ja Wilson the formidable forward of the Las Vegas Aces. Wilson’s stellar season boasts an average of 22.8 points per game on impressive shooting percentages of 55.7% including 31.0% from 3-point range. She also secures 9.5 rebounds per game. Wilson’s exceptional performance has led her team to secure the coveted first seed making her a leading candidate for a third MVP trophy.
As the WNBA MVP announcement date draws near the competition remains fierce. Each of these talented athletes has left an indelible mark on the 2023 season making the choice for MVP an exciting and closely-watched event. Stay tuned to find out who will ultimately claim the WNBA’s most prestigious individual honor on September 26, 2023.