Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors
Seattle Storm forward-center Lauren Jackson was named the 2010 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors
. Jackson, who received 323 points (22 first place votes) from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters, previously earned MVP honors in 2003 and 2007.
Defensive Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was named the 2010 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors
. Catchings received 30 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, beating out the Chicago Sky’s Sylvia Fowles (seven votes), and Nikki Anosike and Tina Charles (one vote apiece). The first player in WNBA history to receive the honor four times, Catchings previously took home the award in 2009, 2006 and 2005.
Most Improved Player presented by Kia Motors
New York Liberty point guard Leilani Mitchell was named the 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors
. Mitchell received 29 out of 39 votes from a panel of local and national sportswriters and broadcasters, beating out other top candidates that included Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, Indiana Fever center Jessica Davenport, and Washington Mystics forward-center Crystal Langhorne and forward Monique Currie.
Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Kia Motors
Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner has been named the 2010 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Kia Motors
. Bonner received 16 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award. New York Liberty forward-center Plenette Pierson finished second, garnering nine votes. Connecticut center Sandrine Gruda, Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince, and Seattle Storm forward Svetlana Abrosimova finished tied for third, with three votes apiece.
Rookie of the Year
Connecticut Sun forward Tina Charles earned the 2010 Rookie of the Year award
. A national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters unanimously awarded Charles the honor. Charles, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, topped all rookies in points (15.5 ppg) and rebounds (11.7 rpg) – leading the league in the latter category – and ranked second in the league in blocks (1.68 bpg).
The WNBA announced its 2010 All-Rookie Team
, headlined by Rookie of the Year Tina Charles, the Connecticut Sun’s star center, and Minnesota Lynx guard-forward Monica Wright. New York Liberty guard Kalana Greene, Connecticut Sun forward Kelsey Griffin and Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince round out the group of elite rookies.
All-Defensive Team Selections
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, the 2010 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors, headlines the 2010 WNBA All-Defensive Team
. Catchings, who also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2005, 2006 and 2009, collected 22 points from the league’s 12 head coaches. Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles finished second with 18 points apiece.
Coach of the Year
The Seattle Storm’s Brian Agler is the recipient of the 2010 WNBA Coach of the Year Award
. Agler received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. New York’s Anne Donovan finished second with 13 votes while Washington’s Julie Plank placed third with nine votes.
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was named the recipient of the 2010 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
. Catchings wins her first Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award after collecting 10 out of 38 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters. Catchings edged out Tulsa Shock guard Shanna Crossley, who received five votes, and New York Liberty center Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who received four votes.
WNBA Peak Performers
Diana Taurasi earned her third consecutive and fourth overall Peak Performer award for scoring after averaging 22.6 points in 2010. She also won the scoring title in 2009 (20.4 ppg), 2008 (24.1 ppg) and 2006 (25.3 ppg). Tina Charles, a four-time Rookie of the Month winner in 2010, set a league record with 22 double-doubles this season. She also established a new mark for total rebounds in a year with 398. Ticha Penicheiro, the league’s all-time assists leader, recorded 6.9 assists per game to edge out last year’s assists leader, Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (5.8 apg), as well as Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (5.6 apg) and San Antonio Silver Star guard Becky Hammon (5.4 apg) for the assists crown.