NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2007 – Forward Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm
has been named the 2007 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the league announced today.
Jackson received a total of 473 points, including 42 first-place votes. Guard
Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars finished second with 254 points.
For Jackson, the award is her sixth honor of the season; she previously was
named the 2007 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and WNBA Peak Performer for
both scoring and rebounding. Additionally, she was a first-team selection to
both the WNBA All-Defensive Team and the All-WNBA Team.
The WNBA Most Valuable Player Award was voted on by a panel of national sportswriters
and broadcasters. Panel members were asked to select their top five choices
for the award, with 10 points being awarded for a first place vote, seven for
second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth.
Along with Jackson and Hammon, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (144 points),
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (142 points) and Detroit Shock guard
Deanna Nolan (93 points) round out the top five vote-getters.
“Lauren Jackson is an extraordinarily gifted player who turned in one
of the most remarkable seasons in WNBA history,” said WNBA President Donna
Orender. “In leading the Storm to the WNBA playoffs this season, Lauren
displayed the kind of all-around excellence that epitomizes the term Most Valuable
Already recognized as an elite player in the league entering the season, Jackson
added to her rapidly-growing legacy with a career year in 2007. She led the
league in scoring for the third time in her illustrious tenure with the WNBA,
while her 23.8 points per game was a career-best. Her scoring average was more
than five points-per-game higher than her career mark (18.6 ppg) entering the
The Australian native led the league in rebounding, averaging a career-best
9.7 rebounds per game, and ranked atop the league in double-doubles with 17.
On June 13 against Indiana, she reached a rebounding milestone when she pulled
down her 1,500th career board. Jackson currently ranks ninth (1,740) among the
all-time league leaders in total rebounds.
Jackson highlighted her outstanding 2007 campaign with two historic performances
in the same week. On July 24, the seventh-year pro tied Diana Taurasi’s record
for points in a single-game when she poured in 47 in the Storm’s 97-96 loss
at Washington. A mere three days later, Jackson, a member of the WNBA’s All-Decade
Team, became the youngest (26 years, 77 days) and fastest (209 games) player
in league history to reach the 4,000-point plateau by registering 27 points
against the Indiana Fever.
Further cementing her place in the WNBA record books, the Olympic Silver Medalist
topped Taurasi’s single-season record of eight games with 30-or-more points.
Her 32-point performance on Aug. 17 against the Los Angeles Sparks marked the
ninth time Jackson reached 30 points in 2007.
No stranger to WNBA awards, Jackson was named the league’s Western Conference
Player of the Week five times in 2007, raising her career total to 13. Jackson,
the first overall pick by the Storm in 2001, was voted to her sixth-career All-Star
Team in 2007.
In honor of being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player, Jackson will receive
$15,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.
Below are the complete results of the 2007 WNBA Most Valuable Player voting
and a list of past recipients: