2021 WNBA Major Awards Watch – Week 4

Brittney Sykes

We have now played 4 weeks of WNBA games which means we have more data on which teams and which players are playing their best basketball one month into the season. We have seen the Connecticut Sun rise and the Chicago Sky stumble. We have seen consistency from the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm and an improved Dallas Wings team despite their current record.

Connecticut Sun star Jonquel Jones continues to be the lead candidate for the WNBA MVP award BUT there is some heavy competition from Seattle Storm stars Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. Jewell Loyd has been consistent throughout the entire season and has helped the Storm stay afloat when Breanna Stewart has struggled early in the game. That’s why her name belongs in the MVP talks, in this early part of the WNBA season. Breanna Stewart continues to be solid and always delivers for the Storm so she also is a part of the WNBA MVP race.

With Jonquel Jones out for a possible 2-3 weeks starting this week, both Loyd and Stewart have a shot of becoming the lead candidate. It will be an interesting week, that’s for sure.

Listed below are the weekly update for the WNBA Major Awards watch. You can view the previous week here.

Executive of the Year: Jonathon Kolb, New York Liberty

Coach of the Year: Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Sparks

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm

Most Improved Player Award: Marina Mabrey, Dallas Wings

MVP: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

DPOY: Brittney Sykes, Los Angeles Sparks

Sixth Woman of the Year: Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces

ROY: Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty

WNBA All First Team (*not position based)

  • C – Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun
  • F – Breanna Stewart – Seattle Storm
  • G – Jewell Loyd – Seattle Storm
  • F – A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces
  • C – Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

WNBA All Second Team (*not position based)

  • C – Liz Cambage – Las Vegas Aces
  • G – Chelsea Gray – Las Vegas Aces
  • G – Skylar Diggins-Smith – Phoenix Mercury
  • G – Erica Wheeler – Los Angeles Sparks
  • G/F – Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty

All Defense Team

  • Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
  • Brittney Sykes – Los Angeles Sparks
  • Brianna Turner – Phoenix Mercury
  • Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty
  • A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces

All Rookie Team*This week, only 4 rookies got enough playing time to make an impact/not enough data to add one final player

  • Michaela Onyenwere
  • Aari McDonald – Atlanta Dream
  • Charli Collier – Dallas Wings
  • DiJonai Carrington – Connecticut Sun

2021 WNBA Major Awards Watch – Week 3

Marina Mabrey of the Dallas Wings

Three weeks into the season, WNBA teams have played between 4 to 8 WNBA games. We saw Connecticut lose twice and Atlanta win three straight. We also saw Los Angeles win the series against the Chicago Sky to improve to .500. Minnesota also managed to get their first win yesterday evening.

Listed below are the weekly update to the WNBA Awards watch. You can view the previous week here.

Executive of the Year: Jonathan Kolb, New York Liberty

Coach of the Year: Mike Petersen, Atlanta Dream

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm

Most Improved Player: Marina Mabrey, Dallas Wings

MVP: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

DPOY: Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta Dream

Sixth Woman of the Year: Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces

ROY: Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty

WNBA All First Team *(not position based)

  • G- Jewell Loyd – Seattle Storm
  • G/F – Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty
  • F – Breanna Stewart – Seattle Storm
  • F – Dewanna Bonner – Connecticut Sun
  • C – Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun

WNBA All Second Team

  • G – Courtney Williams- Atlanta Dream
  • G – Tiffany Hayes- Atlanta Dream
  • G – Chelsea Gray – Las Vegas Aces
  • F – A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces
  • C – Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

All Defense Team

  • Courtney Williams – Atlanta Dream
  • Brittney Sykes – Los Angeles Sparks
  • Elizabeth Williams – Atlanta Dream
  • Brianna Turner – Phoenix Mercury
  • Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty

All Rookie Team

  • Michaela Onyenwere
  • Charli Collier – Dallas Wings
  • DiJonai Carrington – Connecticut Sun
  • Aari McDonald – Atlanta Dream
  • Didi Richards – New York Liberty

2021 WNBA Major Awards Watch – Week 2

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun.

The WNBA has now completed two weeks of game action and we are starting to see some teams separate themselves from the rest. It is very early in the season, but the Connecticut Sun are the only WNBA team left that is undefeated. Some teams have played 5 games while other teams have only played two games so far. We are starting to see some players and coaches start to make a case for their respective awards.

You can view last week’s WNBA Awards watch here. This WNBA Awards Watch is updated weekly and are posted every Monday. It’s designed to see which players were  consistent throughout the whole season and to highlight players who had great weeks.

WNBA Awards Watch – Week 2

Executive of the Year: Jonathan Kolb, New York Liberty

Coach of the Year: Curt Miller, Connecticut Sun

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Danielle Robinson, Indiana Fever

Most Improved Player: Kahleah Copper, Chicago Sky/Natisha Hiedeman, Connecticut Sun

MVP: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

ROY: Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty

WNBA All First Team (*Not position based)

  • F/C – Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
  • F – Dewanna Bonner – Connecticut Sun
  • F – Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty
  • F – Breanna Stewart – Seattle Storm
  • G – Jewell Loyd – Seattle Storm

WNBA All Second Team

  • G – Sabrina Ionescu – New York Liberty
  • G – Courtney Vandersloot – Chicago Sky
  • F – A’ja Wilson – Las Vegas Aces
  • G – Chelsea Gray – Las Vegas Aces
  • F/C – Tina Charles – Washington Mystics

WNBA All Defense Team

  • F – Betnijah Laney – New York Liberty
  • G – Jasmine Thomas – Connecticut Sun
  • G – Natisha Hiedeman – Connecticut Sun
  • C – Elizabeth Willams – Atlanta Dream
  • F – Brianna Turner – Phoenix Mercury

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

MVP

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

ROY

Michaela Onyenwere, New York Liberty