2007 WNBA Award Winners
of the Year
Sky guard Armintie Price was named the 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year. The third overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft, Price proved to be a durable and multi-talented addition to the Sky franchise in just their second season. She averaged 7.9 points per game and an astounding 6.0 rebounds per game from the off-guard position. Price started in all 34 games.
of the Year Presented by AOL.com
San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes was named 2007 WNBA Coach of the Year after leading his team to its best season since arriving in San Antonio. Not only did Hughes put together all of the pieces of the second-place, 20-win team, but Hughes was forced to adapt his coaching strategy after tearing his Achilles tendon during the season.
Storm forward Lauren Jackson was named the won the 2007 WNBA MVP award, already the second such award in her illustrious career. While leading the Storm and the WNBA in scoring and rebounding with 23.8 ppg and 9.7 rpg, Jackson also led the league in double-doubles (17), defensive rebounds (220), total rebounds (300) and efficiency rating (27.6); ranked second in blocks per game (2.03), total blocks (63) and total field goals (258); ranked third in field goal percentage (.519); she even finished 13th in 3-point shooting. So dominant was Jackson�s performance that she led Seattle in both points and rebounds in the same game in 15 of the Storm's 34 contests.
Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, Lauren Jackson, Becky Hammon and Deanna Nolan were chosen First Team All-WNBA. Tamika Catchings, Sophia Young, Tina Thomspon, Katie Douglas and Seimone Augustus make up the Second Team.
Perrot Sportsmanship Award
Tully Bevilaqua of the Indiana Fever was named the recipient of the 2007 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. Bevilaqua has been with the Fever for three seasons and won a championship with the Storm in 2004. Despite being one of the toughest defenders in the league, Tully is loved by her teammates and widely-respected by opponents.
Shock forward Plenette Pierson was named the winner of the 2007 WNBA Sixth Woman Award. Now in her sixth WNBA season and third with Detroit, Pierson had a career year coming off the bench. She finished with averages of 11.6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game in 25.2 minutes per contest. She played in all 34 games for the Shock this season and has never started since arriving in Detroit. This is the first year that Sixth Woman Award has been handed out.
Liberty center Janel McCarville was named the recipient of the 2007 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award. McCarville was first overall pick in 2005 and spent her first two seasons fighting injuries with the Charlotte Sting. In her first season with the Liberty, McCarville averaged 10.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. That is up from averages of 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 2006.
Player of the Year
Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was named the 2007 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career. Jackson led the league in rebounds this season and was second in blocks. Not bad considering she also focused much of her energy on the offensive end.
In addition to Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Jackson, Sun guard Katie Douglas, Washington's Alana Beard, 2006 Finals MVP Deanna Nolan and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Tamika Catchings headline the 2007 WNBA All-Defensive Team. Ten players make up the First and Seconds Teams.
WNBA Peak Performers
Storm forward Lauren Jackson and San Antonio's Becky Hammon have been named the 2007 WNBA Peak Performers. Jackson led the WNBA in scoring and rebound with 23.8 points a game and 9.7 rebounds per game. She is the first player to win both titles since 2002. Hammon also had a career year and won the assist title for the first time in her career. She finished with an average of 5.0 assists per game.