Race to the MVP: Week 4
Race to the MVP is WNBA.com’s weekly feature where we evaluate who’s getting closer to that coveted crown.
This week saw Minnesota's first loss and Tulsa's first win as well as a new addition to the ladder with Seimone Augustus joining the ladder. In addition, we saw a big jump from Erika de Souza, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Samsung.
Despite the Lynx's one loss this weekend to the Storm, Maya Moore is still our Race to the MVP queen. Her rebounding average has gone up to 9.0 per game after this week's 13-board game against Los Angeles, and she remains tops in the league in scoring and efficiency. It's going to take a lot to unseat Maya at this point, especially if the Lynx keep winning.
Candace Parker remained in the No. 2 spot this week thanks to her huge 24-point and 11-rebound game against Minnesota. Unfortunately for Candace, the Sparks did not pull off the win which gives Maya the edge. Candace, however, is the top passing forward in the league with 5.0 assists per game right now.
Elena Delle Donne and the Sky had a very tough week this week. While Delle Donne still had a 33-point and 14-rebound game against Candace Parker and the Sparks on Friday, the Sky still lost by 14 points, proving that it'll be difficult for EDD to carry the team the entire season with the absence of Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowels. And despite her uncharacteristic seven-point performance on Sunday, Delle Donne is still second in points per game and could surpass Parker if she and the Sky can pull off some more wins. Prince returned on June 7, so help is on the way.
LAST WEEK: #5
Diana Taurasi made a leap this week due to her consistently stellar performances for Phoenix with 20, 22, and 19 point games and including a seven-assist game versus Seattle on Tuesday. With that win, Phoenix improved to 5-2, which is the second best record in the league behind Minnesota. She was also named WNBA Player of the Week for the 17th time in her career.
LAST WEEK: #4
Lindsay Whalen continues to shine although her performance did not quite match Taurasi's all-around efforts. She is averaging 16 points per game as well as 5.2 assists (which puts her at No. 5 in assists overall).
LAST WEEK: #8
Erika de Souza was also selected as Player of the Week this week along with Taurasi. She helped the Dream to a 93-85 victory over Los Angeles with 27 points and 11 rebounds. De Souza jumped up past Angel this week due to her consistency and high scoring for the Dream. The Brazilian center is also leading the league in field-goal percentage (.670)
Angel McCoughtry hasn't moved up due to her uncharacteristic low scoring earlier this week. All things considered, though, she is still providing the Dream a wealth of production. Angel is averaging 18 points per game now and ranks fourth in steals. Plus, the Dream are now 5-3 (tied with Chicago for the best record in the East).
LAST WEEK: #6
Tina Charles is having a little bit of rough luck. Though she is performing consistently well, ranked number one in double-doubles and averaging 14. 8 points per game and 10.6 rebounds, the Liberty are having a tough time pulling off victories. In order for Tina Charles to get back in this race, she'll need to find a way to help this Liberty team get a few more W's, which might mean amping up her scoring that much more.
LAST WEEK: #8
Brittney Griner had a fantastic game against San Antonio with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Griner has proven her worth on this Phoenix team and has continued to dominate in spurts. She currently leads the league in blocks with 3.4 per game and is eighth in total efficiency. Griner is going to continue to develop with the Mercury, but can she help carry Phoenix to the top this year?
Lastly, Seimone Augustus has broken onto the Race to the MVP ladder this week because of her often overlooked contribution to the Lynx. Augustus ranks fourth in the WNBA in scoring with 19.7 points per game. If her numbers stay up and the Lynx continue to do well, Augustus will be sticking around the top 10 for a while.