Washington Mystic’s superstar Elena Delle Donne was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, the league announced.
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will present Delle Donne with the award prior to Game 2 of the semifinals on Thursday at the Mystics’ Entertainment and Sports Arena.
“She hasn’t been that far off from being an MVP her other years, either,” Mystics coach Mike Thibault said, according to ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel.
“When you win it once and then get it again — and you’re still getting better — you have to be considered one of the best of all time.”
Delle Donne won 41 of 43 first place votes to collect a total of 420 points. Phoenix’s Brittney Griner was second with 167 points, followed by Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones (145), Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike (128), Seattle’s Natasha Howard (121) and Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot (81).
Delle Donne, 30, won her other MVP award in 2015 when she was playing for Chicago, and becomes the sixth player in league history to be named MVP more than once, joining three-time winners Lauren Jackson (Seattle), Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles) and Sheryl Swoopes (Houston) and two-time winners Cynthia Cooper (Houston) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles).
“It’s a huge thing,” Delle Donne said. “It’s something that, when my career is over, maybe I’ll look back on it and brag to my kids or grandkids.”
Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game this season for Washington.
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