Lauren Jackson's mantle is already full, but the Storm's superstar may have to make room for another award. The WNBA's Most Valuable Player in both 2003 and 2007, Jackson is a leading candidate for this year's MVP honors, having put together one of her finest seasons in leading the Storm to the league's best record. Check out stormbasketball.com's case for why Jackson should join Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes as three-time WNBA MVPs.
"I think it's pretty simple. Lauren Jackson is MVP of the WNBA in 2010. She's the best center in the world, she's had an unbelievable summer. She does it all for them. You can't have a race when one of the best all-time teams has the best center. To me, it's open and shut."
- Minnesota Head Coach Cheryl Reeve
"She’s a great player and she’s definitely MVP."
- Connecticut center Tina Charles
“She’s the best player in the world. She’s amazing and she gets better and better.”
- San Antonio Head Coach Sandy Brondello
"Lauren is going to be the MVP of this league. And the reason is that she can defend. She’s a huge factor at the defensive end. There are going to be a lot of players with numbers in this league, but no one that can do both like her."
- Storm Head Coach Brian Agler
Seattle's Lauren Jackson a Step Above the Rest, Deserves to Win MVP - Michelle Smith, Fanhouse.com
"But my vote at the end of the week will go to Jackson. Seattle is 25-6. They have lost only twice in 19 conference games. They are 15-0 at home. And Jackson is the player that makes them go."
Race to the MVP Rankings - Frank Della Femina, WNBA.com
Jackson has led WNBA.com's Race to the MVP Rankings 13 times in 14 weeks.
Lauren Jackson rejuvenated and off to fast start - Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
"As Seattle builds its franchise-best start, Jackson moves effortlessly on offense, and her defense is more intimidating. The seven-time All-Star is averaging 20.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, surpassing legend Lisa Leslie for all-time player-of-the-week honors (16). Her team began the season 9-1 before losing at Indiana, and is a league-best 10-2 after beating New York on Friday."
Learning to appreciate why Lauren Jackson is 'the best basketball player in the world' - Nate Parham, SB Nation Seattle
"That all sounds reasonable until considering that Jackson is averaging 21.4 points per game (2nd in the WNBA), 9.1 rebounds per game, shoots 37.2% from the three point line, and 91.2% from the free throw line. Combined with her career-high 3.2 offensive rebounds per game, how exactly does a team stop Jackson? Stick a smaller player on her to keep up with her on the perimeter and she'll go inside. Force other players to miss shots and she'll get the offensive rebound and a second chance shot opportunity. Foul her and she'll hit 9 of 10 free throws."
Jackson and Seattle a Perfect Match - Kevin Pelton, stormbasketball.com
"It's hard to think in those terms when Jackson remains very much in her prime. She holds pole position to win her third MVP award, having led WNBA.com's Race to the MVP rankings 11 weeks running. Jackson's average of 21.4 points per game is the second-best mark of her career, trailing only her MVP 2007 campaign, and her average of 8.7 rebounds a night ranks fourth in her career. Already, Jackson has been honored as the league's Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors five times and has won all three West Player of the Month awards to date."
WNBA Mailbag - Ben York, Slamonline.com
"I’d find it hard to believe that the MVP award and the Coach of the Year award would go anywhere but Seattle. Lauren Jackson is having an unbelievable season and Brian Agler is doing an even better job coaching. Unless something drastic happens to the contrary, look for both awards to go to members of the Storm."