BROOKLYN, NY — Maya Moore capped a year in which she won her fourth WNBA title with another trophy — the Sports Illustrated Performer of the Year award.
Moore joined other standout athletes at SI’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, accepting yet another trophy for her collection.
“It’s extra special … to be representing for the WNBA and to know that people are paying attention and recognizing the excellence that we’re seeing in the WNBA, coming off this amazing WNBA Finals,” Moore told WNBA.com at the event.
“This year was extremely rewarding — the journey coming from last year and the heartbreaking loss in the Finals to this year, the ups and downs.”
Other award recipients at the event included Sportspersons of the Year Jose Altuve and JJ Watt (Houston Texans), Rising Star of the Year Joel Embiid, Hope Award winner Carlos Beltran and SI Kids Sports Kid of the Year Maxwell “Bunchie” Young.
Moore arrived at the show two months after capturing her fourth WNBA title in seven seasons. She has also earned WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2015 & ’17), MVP (2014), Finals MVP (2013) and Rookie of the Year (2011) honors to go along with a host of accolades in international play.
In an article recognizing her latest award, SI called her “the greatest winner in the history of women’s basketball.”
“I think a winner has to be a master of preparation, they have to be a master of connection, extremely competitive and have really high standards for themselves and the people around them,” Moore told SI’s Richard Deitsch. “They have to be willing to put in that emotional energy to hold each other accountable. They have to have a lot of passion—sustained excellence takes conviction and passion and focus. When you are dealing with a team sport, you also have to be willing to adapt and be flexible.”
*Cover photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated