Race to the MVP: Week 1 (June 7, 2011)
In this week's Race to the MVP Rankings, Sue Bird takes the No. 1 spot to tip off the 15th WNBA season.
Race to the MVP: 2010 Season
Race to the MVP: Week 15 (August 24, 2010)
In the final week of Race to the MVP Rankings, the field is narrowed down to three: Tamika Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Cappie Pondexter.
Race to the MVP: Week 14 (August 17, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Indiana's Tamika Catchings takes sole possession of second place and gives chase to Lauren Jackson's a the No. 1 spot.
Race to the MVP: Week 13 (August 10, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Indiana's Tamika Catchings and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry tie for second place.
Race to the MVP: Week 12 (August 3, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi takes a jump from sixth to third.
Race to the MVP: Week 11 (July 27, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry works her way closer to the No. 1 spot, currently occupied by Seattle's Lauren Jackson.
Race to the MVP: Week 10 (July 20, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Tina Charles makes a push for No. 1, while Phoenix's Penny Taylor cracks the Top 10 for the first time this season.
Race to the MVP: Week 9 (July 13, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, we take a look at how the players rank at the midway point of the 2010 season.
Race to the MVP: Week 8 (July 6, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Sylvia Fowles makes a push up the rankings after putting up solid numbers against the Sun and Dream.
Race to the MVP: Week 7 (June 30, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Tina Charles makes a jump to the No. 2 spot after her 19-point, 23-rebound game against the Phoenix Mercury.
Race to the MVP: Week 6 (June 23, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Minnesota teammates Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson crack the Top 10.
Race to the MVP: Week 5 (June 16, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Monique Currie makes a strong push to move up in the rankings, while an injury sends Candace Parker down a few spots.
Race to the MVP: Week 4 (June 9, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Lauren Jackson and Candace Parker clash for the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
Race to the MVP: Week 3 (June 2, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Lauren Jackson hangs on to the number one spot but is facing some fierce competition from the likes of Angel McCoughtry, Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker.
Race to the MVP: Week 2 (May 26, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, Lauren Jackson and Angel McCoughtry take the one and two spots coming off a week where each was elected the Player of the Week in their conference.
Race to the MVP: Week 1 (May 19, 2010)
In this week's Race to the MVP, we set the foundation for the 2010 Race to the MVP based on individual performances during the first weekend of the season.
Race to the MVP: 2009 Season
Race to the MVP: Week 12/13 (Sept. 9, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we look at players that are in the MVP race that have missed time due to injury.
Race to the MVP: Week 11 (Aug. 21, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we look at Lisa Leslie, who has played great since returning from injury but will it be enough to extend the Sparks' season and her career?
Race to the MVP: Week 10 (Aug. 14, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we look at the impact of an MVP candidate's peformance in what is considered by many as a statement game, such as Katie Douglas' game against Phoenix this week.
Race to the MVP: Week 9 (Aug. 7, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we ask the question, how big of a factor should team success be when selecting an MVP?
Race to the MVP: Week 7/8 (July 31, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we spoke with Washington's Alana Beard to get her opinion of what constitutes a player being the MVP of the league.
Race to the MVP: Week 5 (July 8, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we look at the dilemma of evaluating players that play alongside a fellow superstar.
Race to the MVP: Week 4 (July 1, 2009)
Minnesota's Candice Wiggins enters the Race to the MVP following her outstanding play since the Lynx lost Seimone Augustus.
Race to the MVP: Week 3 (June 24, 2009)
In this week's Race to the MVP we look at players that have proved their worth with their play on the court as well as their absence from it.
Race to the MVP: Week 2 (June 17, 2009)
Chicago's Jia Perkins makes a huge leap, but no one is able to know Minnesota's Seimone Augustus from the top spot in Week No. 2.
Race to the MVP: Week 1 (June 12, 2009)
By leading their teams to unbeated starts, Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter rank high in the premier edition of Race to the MVP.
Race to the MVP: 2008 Season
to the MVP: Finally, Some Clarity? (September 12, 2008)
It's the last weekend of the regular season. And now that it's all over with except for crossing some t's and dotting some i's, the MVP vote should be pretty straightforward. Right? Maybe not.
to the MVP: Bird Soaring to New Offensive Heights (September 5, 2008)
How have the Storm done since losing Lauren Jackson? They've won three of four, moved into first place and clinched a playoff spot. Wha??? ... Well, the biggest reason for Seattle's recent success is point guard Sue Bird.
to the MVP: Back From Beijing Edition (August 28, 2008)
The WNBA is back, baby! And the Race to the MVP is tighter than ever. While literally all of the MVP candidates who also happened to be members of Olympic teams excelled in Beijing, the current leader is someone who spent the month of August right here in the States.
to the MVP: Most Improved Player of the Year Edition (August 21, 2008)
Coaches love players who overachieve, who go beyond their presumed limits. They may not be superstars, but the people in charge love to recognize their extraordinary efforts nonetheless. Why else would there be a Most Improved Player award?
to the MVP: Sixth Woman of the Year Edition (August 14, 2008)
What is it that makes a substitute valuable? The ability to come into a game and spell a team's starters? Sure. The knack to come in and hit that vital hoop, sky for that big rebound or make that meaningful defensive stop? Definitely.
to the MVP: Rating the Non-Olympians (August 7, 2008)
Some players get all the MVP love. So how about a little love for the teammates they've left behind? How about some appreciation for the underappreciated? It's about time!
to the MVP: Week 10 (July 25, 2008)
In the spirit of listening and carefully considering what people around the league are saying, it only seems right to keep it quick and easy with the Race to the MVP this week. We've got our list of MVP candidates. And we've got something nice a coach or fellow player has said about them this season.
to the MVP: Week 9 (July 17, 2008)
Time to open up the Race to the MVP Fan Mailbag. I'll grade each of your e-mails for coherence, accuracy, originality and probably even grammar and spelling. And as I always say, the numbers do speak for themself.
to the MVP: Week 8 (July 11, 2008)
In writing this weekly Race to the MVP column, I constantly ask myself what makes a player "valuable" or even more troubling, what makes someone "most valuable."
Is it the player with the league's best stats? Is it the best player on the best team? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.
to the MVP: Week 7 (July 2, 2008)
Her numbers speak to her success: top 10 numbers in scoring, assists per game,
field goal percentage and three-point percentage and three Player of the Week
Awards in the month of June alone. But when it comes to speaking, Diana Taurasi
usually likes to do it for herself.
Race to the MVP: Week 6
(June 25, 2008)
Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson have a lot in common. They're both WNBA legends.
They're the two leading scorers in WNBA history. They both have young children.
And they're both MVP candidates in 2008.
Race to the MVP: Week 5
(June 19, 2008)
I might not be the first to point this out, but I want to say it loud and clear.
Lisa Leslie is back.
Race to the MVP: Week 4
(June 12, 2008)
This Race to the MVP requires a certain -- how do you say, je ne sais quoi -- feeling deep in one's gut that a star player deserves to be ranked where she is. At least until Paula Abdul tells me otherwise.
Race to the MVP: Week 3
(June 5, 2008)
When Soundgarden sang, "I'm looking California. / And feeling Minnesota," the implication is that California is shiny, beautiful and new. While Minnesota is well less shiny, less beautiful and less new. Don't even get me started on the accents.
Race to the MVP: Week 2
(May 29, 2008)
Nothing like tipping things off with a bang. Reaction was fast and furious to
last week's pick of Candace Parker as the leader in the MVP race. And, surprisingly
to yours truly, not all of it was negative.
to the MVP: Week 1 (May 22, 2008)
Everyone knew Candace Parker would eventually be a star in the WNBA. I, for
one, thought it would take more than three minutes to happen. I was wrong.
Race to the MVP: 2007 Season
Final Player Rankings:
LJ Is Still the One (August 29, 2007)
You know that feeling you get in your stomach from the top of the roller coaster
when you realize you are about to go from zero to 100 miles per hour in less
than five seconds? I had those same butterflies as I watched the Storms
Lauren Jackson get swept out of the playoffs at the hands of Diana Taurasi and
the Mercury a couple of days ago.
the MVP: Week 13 (August 14, 2007)
On Monday I walked into my daily morning meeting and was blindsided worse than
when the Redskins' Joe Theismann had his leg broken and his career ended by
the Giants' Lawrence Taylor in 1985.
the MVP: Week 12(August 8, 2007)
People lie, OK? Politicians trying to get elected. Children trying to keep from
getting in trouble with their parents. Criminals trying to avoid jail time.
the MVP: Week 11(August 1, 2007)
Quick, name the player that has led her team to the top record in her respective
conference, is one of the leagues best guards and is a strong candidate
to win the WNBA MVP?
the MVP: Week 10(July 25, 2007)
The gap in the Race to the MVP between Seattle's Lauren Jackson and the rest
of the field was already huge. After LJ's performance on Tuesday night, the
only thing left to do is make sure they spell her name correctly on the trophy.
the MVP: Week 9(July 20, 2007)
If you poll the WNBA general managers and coaches, the majority of them would
tell you that this season's Race to the MVP is a two-woman competition between
Seattle's Lauren Jackson and Indiana's Tamika Catchings.
the MVP: Week 6(June 26, 2007)
"If I can make it there, I'm gonna make it anywhere. It's up to you, New
York, New York." I normally don't run around quoting songs but in this
case it was a perfect fit. In her eight seasons in New York, Becky Hammon emerged
as a fan favorite thanks to her outstanding play.
the MVP: Week 5(June 19, 2007)
You know how high school and college teams schedule easy opponents to make sure
they have a good Homecoming? Games against Chicago had that kind of feel to
them. But all was not lost in their inaugural season. Candice Dupree, the teams
first pick out of Temple, emerged as an All-Star after averaging 13.7 points
and 5.5 rebounds a game.
the MVP: Week 4(June 12, 2007)
And that is how I got my honorary membership card into the Holdsclaw Fan Club.
In truth, my boys left me no choice. After hearing that the forward elected
to retire from the WNBA on Monday, it got me to thinking about everything she
accomplished on the court.
the MVP: Week 3(June 5, 2007)
As I looked over a couple of WNBA-related forums, I found it pretty interesting
that there were some fans who disagreed with the inclusion of New York's Erin
Thorn in last week's Race to the MVP.
the MVP: Week 2(May 29, 2007)
And holding down the fourth position is Erin Thorn. Wait... "Who?"
you ask. Erin Thorn of the Liberty, the guard that has ... Hang on, how exactly
did a Honda Accord end up in a parking lot full of Mercedes Benzes?
the MVP: Week 1(May 22, 2007)
After writing Race to the MVP for NBA.com from November until May, yours truly
thought he was going to get the summer off to recharge the creative battery.
My boss, on the other hand, had a different plan. He thought it would be a good
idea for me to write a WNBA version of Race to the MVP. And you know what? I