2021 WNBA Major Awards Watch – Week 1

Michaela Onyenwere

The 2021 WNBA season tipped off this weekend and we already have some great performances from the opening weekend from WNBA players. Players like Jonquel Jones and Sabrina Ionescu shined. Rookie Michaela Onyenwere had two excellent games as a starter in her WNBA debut this weekend. The defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm looked excellent in their home opener against the Las Vegas Aces. As stated in the pre-season edition of the WNBA awards watch, I’m now tracking all of the major WNBA individual awards handed out at the end of the season, week by week. This WNBA Awards watch is designed to see which players were consistent throughout the whole season and to highlight players who had great weeks.

*Note – Some awards such as All WNBA/Defense Teams/Rookie Teams I left out this week because it was too early and a majority of teams only played one game. I will add them back in next week.*

WNBA Awards Watch – Week 1

Executive of the Year

Jonathan Kolb, New York Liberty

Coach of the Year

James Wade, Chicago Sky

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award

Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks

Most Improved Player

Kahleah Copper, Chicago Sky

Sixth Woman of the Year

Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces


Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm


Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty


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