The WNBA season may not even be at its halfway point, but it’s never too early to start talking about MVP candidates. While anything can happen, these are the five players we’re keeping our eyes on as we head into the heart of the 2020 season. (All stats include games through Sunday, August 9th.)
????????????@_ajawilson22 ✖️ #ALLIN ♦️♠️ pic.twitter.com/HCz2XsRTIr— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 6, 2020
????????????@_ajawilson22 ✖️ #ALLIN ♦️♠️ pic.twitter.com/HCz2XsRTIr
1st in points per game (22.3)
4th in rebounds per game (8.9)
A’ja Wilson has had a blistering start to her 2020 season. With Liz Cambage opting out of the season, the 2018 rookie of the year has stepped into the spotlight for the Las Vegas Aces and currently leads the league in points per game. At just 24 years old, the young star seems to add a new skill to her offensive tool kit with every game she plays, and after hitting the game-winner against the New York Liberty, she is very much the frontrunner at this point in the MVP race.
???????????? @breannastewart #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/iHTJvMtPiJ— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 6, 2020
???????????? @breannastewart #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/iHTJvMtPiJ
5th in points per game (19.4)
4th in blocks per game (1.6)
4th in steals per game (2)
Watching Breanna Stewart dominate teams in the bubble, you’d have no idea she missed all last season with a ruptured Achilles. Not only is she averaging over 20 points a game, but she’s also knocked in 16 three pointers so far (at a 43% clip, 12th in the league). Add to that her 1.6 blocks per game and Stewart is proving to be a problem for opponents at every spot on the floor. The 2018 league MVP is used to being in the conversation, and so far she’s arguably been the most complete player in the wubble.
She did it! DeWanna Bonner passes Sheryl Swoopes to become 23rd All-Time in @WNBA points scored.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/uDmrWOGuA2— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) July 31, 2020
She did it! DeWanna Bonner passes Sheryl Swoopes to become 23rd All-Time in @WNBA points scored.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/uDmrWOGuA2
4th in points per game (19.7)
2nd in steals per game (2.4)
Despite the Sun’s rough start to the season, DeWanna Bonner has been a bright spot. At various moments she has led the league in scoring all while continuing to make her presence felt on the defensive end. With the Sun sitting at 1-6, Bonner is likely on the outside of the MVP conversation looking in, but the 32 year old has proven she is still one of the league’s best. In the first four games of the season, Bonner scored an eye-popping 110 points.
Courtney Vandersloot with a very normal, very easy assist pic.twitter.com/uR79tG1bJd— Nick Niendorf (@niendorf21) August 8, 2020
Courtney Vandersloot with a very normal, very easy assist pic.twitter.com/uR79tG1bJd
1st in assists per game (8.9)
The Chicago Sky floor general was just named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 14 points, 9 assists and shooting 52% from the field during the second week of play. A nine-year vet, Vandersloot was All-WNBA First Team in 2019, and her 8.9 assists per game this season is far and away the top mark in the league. (Diana Taurasi is second, with 5.9 per game.) If Vandersloot can continue to keep the Sky in contention down the stretch, expect to see the underrated vet slip her way into some of end-of-the-year hardware talk.
Aaaaaaand that makes 32pts for Hollywood pic.twitter.com/v1wHNajCB4— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) August 6, 2020
Aaaaaaand that makes 32pts for Hollywood pic.twitter.com/v1wHNajCB4
1st in most points in a game (35)
Carter is the real deal. The rookie has already established herself as an elite scorer, becoming the youngest player ever to drop 30+ in a game when she scored 35 against Seattle. With the Atlanta Dream near the bottom of the standings, Carter likely has a better shot at winning Rookie of the Year, but if she can continue to put up 30 point games (and if some of those games can also be wins), she’ll have a fighting chance of becoming just the second player after Candace Parker to win both Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.