Tulsa's Skylar Diggins Named 2014 Most Improved Player Presented by Samsung
NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2014 – Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins is the winner of the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Samsung, the WNBA announced today. Diggins received 29 of 38 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.
Washington Mystics center Emma Meesseman, Shock center Courtney Paris, and Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley tied for second in the voting with two votes apiece. Rounding out the vote-getters were Connecticut Sun guard Alex Bentley, Sky forward Jessica Breland and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, with each receiving one vote.
Diggins more than doubled her scoring average in 2014 (20.1 ppg) from 2013 (8.5 ppg), and also improved in terms of assists (5.0 apg, up from 3.8 apg in 2013) and rebounds (2.5 rpg, up from 1.9 rpg). Diggins lifted her field goal percentage from .328 a year ago to .423 this season (232-of-548) and raised her three-point shooting accuracy from .244 as a rookie to .282 (33-of-117) in 2014.
In her second season in the league, Diggins, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, started all 34 games for the Shock and led Tulsa in scoring, assists, steals (1.5 spg) and minutes (35.1 mpg). Among all WNBA players, Diggins led the league in minutes, placed second in scoring and ranked fourth in assists.
In honor of being named the WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Samsung, Diggins will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy.
Below are the voting results of the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Samsung, and a list of past recipients:
2014 WNBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG VOTING RESULTS
|29||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|2||Emma Meesseman||Washington Mystics|
|2||Courtney Paris||Tulsa Shock|
|2||Allie Quigley||Chicago Sky|
|1||Alex Bentley||Connecticut Sun|
|1||Jessica Breland||Chicago Sky|
|1||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury|
ALL-TIME WNBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG WINNERS
|2014||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|2013||Shavonte Zellous||Indiana Fever|
|2012||Kristi Toliver||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2011||Kia Vaughn||New York Liberty|
|2010||Leilani Mitchell||New York Liberty|
|2009||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
|2008||Ebony Hoffman||Indiana Fever|
|2007||Janel McCarville||New York Liberty|
|2006||Erin Buescher||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2005||Nicole Powell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2004||Wendy Palmer/Kelly Miller||Connecticut Sun/Indiana Fever|
|2003||Michelle Snow||Houston Comets|
|2002||Coco Miller||Washington Mystics|
|2001||Janeth Arcain||Houston Comets|
|2000||Tari Phillips||New York Liberty|