Aja Wilson of Las Vegas Wins 2022 KIA WNBA Player of the Year Award – WNBA.com – WNBA Official Site
September 7, 2022
New York, September 7, 2022 Las Vegas Ace forward Aja Wilson has been named the 2022 Kia WNBA Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today.
This is the second most valuable Kia WNBA award for Wilson, who previously received the honor in 2020. She became the seventh player in WNBA history to win the award multiple times, joining three-time winners Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, and two-time winners Cynthia Cooper and Elena Daily. Don and Candace Parker.
Wilson is also the fifth player to win both the Kia WNBA MVP and Kia WNBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season, and the first player to do so since Jackson in 2007. The others are Yolanda Griffith (1999), Swoopes (2000 and 2002), and Leslie (2004). ).
Wilson received 31 of 56 first-place votes and 478 total points from a national panel of 56 sportswriters and broadcasters. The 2018 WNBA KIA Player of the Year, Seattle Storm forward Brianna Stewart finished second with 446 points (23 first-place votes). Las Vegas guard Kelsey Bloom finished third with 181 points, and Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas was fourth with 94 points. Chicago Sky Parker, who won the award in 2008 and 2013, finished fifth with 78 points, including one first-place vote.
Players were given 10 points for a first-place vote, seven points for a second-place vote, five points for a third-place vote, three points for a fourth-place vote and one point for a fifth-place vote.
In her fifth WNBA season, Wilson ranked fifth in the WNBA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (9.4 rpg) in 36 games. A four-time WNBA All-Star shot 50.1 percent from the field and led the league in double-doubles (17).
Wilson led the league in blocks (1.9 bpg), ranked second in defensive rebounds per game (career high 7.6) and was 12th in steals (1.4 spg). Leading the way, the Aces (26-10) posted the most wins in franchise history and secured the #1 seed in the WNBA Playoffs submitted by Google. The Aces averaged a WNBA-high 90.4 points this season, the third-highest scoring average in league history and the highest mark since 2010.
Las Vegas will continue its quest for the first WNBA Championship in franchise history when it hosts Game 1 of the WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV on Sunday, September 11 at 3 PM ET (12 PM PT) on ABC against the winner of a semi-final round series between Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun.
Wilson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for May and July when Las Vegas posted a combined record of 18-4. She was the top earner in the fan vote at the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game and led Wilson’s team to a 134-112 victory.
Wilson, a native of Hopkins, South Carolina, who played collegiately at the University of South Carolina, was selected by the Aces with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA draft submitted by State Farm. She holds career averages of 19.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks.
In honor of Wilson being named the 2022 Kia WNBA Player of the Year, he will receive $15,450 and a custom-designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.
Here are the voting results for the 2022 WNBA Kia Player of the Year award and a list of past recipients.
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