Lauren Jackson MVP Watch
Jackson hits the game-winning shot with just seconds remaining at Connecticut.
Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was named MVP prior to Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in Detroit on Sep. 14. Jackson received 23 first-place votes and finished with 406 points, well ahead of Indiana forward Tamika Catchings, who finished second with 242 votes.
During her third WNBA season, Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson came into her own. An All-Star the last two seasons, Jackson nonetheless managed to take her game to a higher level with increased maturity and a broader repertoire of moves in the post. Jackson led the WNBA in scoring at 21.2 points per game and was fourth in rebounding with 9.3 rpg. She was also a force at the defensive end of the court and finished third in the league in blocked shots. Jackson emerged as the clear go-to player for the Storm. Her clutch ability revealed itself in her second-half performance and twice this season Jackson won games for the Storm by scoring inside the final 30 seconds. Jackson is clearly amongst the top candidates for the WNBA’s MVP award this season. Wrote ESPN.com’s Nancy Lieberman, “Heading into the All-Star game earlier this month, we said that Lauren Jackson would be the MVP of this league someday. But it could happen sooner rather than later.” STORM.WNBA.COM compares Jackson to other leading candidates and makes the case for her to walk away with the WNBA’s foremost individual honor.
AN MVP IS … EFFICIENT
Jackson dominates the WNBA’s new Efficiency Ratings. Whether on a per-game basis (24.12), a per-40 minutes basis (28.71) or overall (796), Jackson leads the WNBA in efficiency.
Jackson celebrates a 20-20 game and, more importantly, a Storm win.
Jackson has been the league’s most consistent scorer this season, scoring at least 15 points in every game the Storm has played but one. Her streak ended at 27 games, the second-longest in WNBA history behind Cynthia Cooper's 29-game streak. Jackson finished the season with a streak of 53 straight games in double-figures, dating all the way back to the middle of last season and the third-longest in league history. Jackson recently had strings of seven games with 20 or more points broken and seven straight double-doubles, tying Lisa Leslie's all-time record and the longest streak ever in a single season.
AN MVP IS … SPECTACULAR
While consistent, Jackson has also had her share of big nights. Earlier this season on 7/31 vs. Charlotte, she recorded the WNBA’s fifth-ever 20-20 game, becoming just the sixth player in league history to grab at least 20 rebounds in a game. In addition to setting her career high and the Storm’s record for rebounds, Jackson has also set her career high in points this season, scoring 34 points on a WNBA-record 17 field goals (out of 23 attempts) 8/6 vs. Los Angeles. On 8/12 against San Antonio, she scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while setting Storm record for free throws made (14) and attempted (16). Jackson has recorded no less than seven of the league’s top twenty-five individual games this season by the WNBA’s Efficiency Rating and has the season's best game by that measure, posting a +46 rating on 8/12.
AN MVP IS … CLUTCH
Jackson has won a pair of games this season for the Storm, both of them on the road – and exactly one month apart. On 6/17 at Phoenix, Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to give Seattle a 61-60 lead. They held up in a one-point Storm win. At Connecticut on 7/17, the Storm trailed by one with seven seconds left when Jackson took the inbounds pass three-quarters of the court and finished off glass to take the lead. It held up again for a 67-65 Storm victory. Jackson has been dominant in the second half of the Storm’s games this season, averaging 11.4 ppg (as opposed to 9.8 ppg in the first half of games). She has scored more in the second half than in the first half in 21 of her 33 games this year.
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2003 SEASON RECAP
LOCKE: WHY I'M VOTING FOR LJ
Storm play-by-play announcer David Locke shares the reasoning behind his decision to vote Lauren Jackson for MVP on his ballot.
WOODWARD: WHY I'M VOTING FOR LJ
Storm color commentator Elise Woodward joins her on-air partner to give her argument for Lauren Jackson.
A look at the semantics and the precedent of what the term "Most Valuable Player" means.
15 REASONS TO VOTE FOR #15
The best 15 reasons why this page exists.
WNBA.COM AWARDS POLLING '03: MVP
The WNBA's breakdown of the top candidates for MVP, plus your chance to vote for LJ, the current leader at 50%.
LJ FOR MVP FLYER (.pdf)
The same flyer sent by the Storm to MVP voters - get the PR department's argument for Lauren.
- Comets Forward (and 2000 and 2002 MVP) Sheryl Swoopes (read more quotes)