Countdown to 2016: 4 (Brittney Griner’s Record Blocks Per Game)

The WNBA has never seen a player like Brittney Griner, and the league has never seen a season like the one Griner put together in 2015.

How did the Mercury’s towering center follow up winning Defensive Player of the Year during her second pro season? She won the award again, blocking a record 4.04 shots per game.

That mark surpassed Margo Dydek’s 3.80 per game in 1998 — a number Griner nearly bested in 2014, when she averaged 3.79. Griner and Dydek combine to make up each of the top eight shot-blocking seasons of all-time, while Griner holds the career edge at 3.62 per game compared to Dydek’s 2.72.

Leading the defending champs to the second-best record in the West and another Western Conference Finals matchup with the Lynx, Griner posted eight games with at least six blocks, including a regular-season high of nine and and record playoff high of 11.

Watch Griner’s Season Highlights | 2015 All-Defensive Team

Countdown to 2016:
10: First-Time All-Stars
9: Delle Donne’s 90-Plus Percent Free Throw Shooting
8: No. 8 Delisha Milton-Jones, Record Breaker
7: Sun’s Franchise-Best Seven-Game Winning Streak
6: Shock Earn First Playoff Berth in Six Years
5: Sue Bird’s 5,000th Career Point
4: Brittney Griner’s Record Blocks Per Game
3: Lynx Titles in the Last Five Years
2: Tamika Catchings, No. 2 All-Time
1: Liberty’s League-Best, Franchise-Best Record