Race to the MVP is WNBA.coms weekly feature where we evaluate whos getting closer to that coveted crown. Starting this week, post All-Star Break, the list has been narrowed to five spots to reflect the amount of play left in the season.
It should come as no surprise that Maya Moore is still the frontrunner after she won Western Conference Player of the Week for the third week in a row.
Maya Moore had a near record-breaking performance on July 22 when she scored 48 points (three shy of the WNBA record) against the Atlanta Dream in a game that WNBA fans won't soon forget. On top of that she's also helped lead Minnesota on a seven-game winning streak. With only three weeks left until playoffs and the Lynx playing as well as they are, it will be tough to unseat Maya from the top spot. The Lynx have just seven games left on their schedule.
LAST WEEK: #3
Diana Taurasi is likely the only player who can compete with Maya Moore's performance this year. Though her numbers are statistically less than Moore's, she has led her team on a 15-game winning streak that has lifted the Mercury to not only best in the West status, but best in the league with a 21-3 record. This week, Taurasi had 22, 18 and 15 points to carry Phoenix past Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. They are now three games away from the all-time WNBA record for most consecutive wins.
LAST WEEK: #2
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Dream had a little bit of a setback this week with a couple losses in a row, including the overtime thriller with Minnesota. Angel McCoughtry, however, is still making a strong case for MVP. Atlanta is still the best team in the East (by quite a bit) and Angel has led them to success. She still leads the league in steals and is fourth in the WNBA in scoring, .
Brittney Griner is another reason why Phoenix is so hot at the moment. She had 17, 18 and 18 points over the last three games and a total of 14 blocks. Griner is only a little behind Taurasi on the list because of slightly lower numbers while Taurasi's veteran leadership puts her over the edge. Phoenix has just 10 games left to play, including two against Minnesota, which could end up being a preview of the Western Conference Finals and would pit Maya Moore against Taurasi and Griner.
LAST WEEK: #4
Although reigning MVP Candace Parker still has very strong numbers, at this point in the season Los Angeles is lower on the standings than many expected. That said, the Sparks are sitting at fourth in the West right now and are likely to secure a playoff berth. This week Parker put up 14 and 19 points (19 in their win against Seattle) which leaves her in the running for the MVP, but it remains unlikely that she'll rival Moore or Taurasi.