Believe it or not, the Sparks have actually played eleven video games, and more than a quarter of the year is done. With that in mind, we chose to have a look back at what the season has actually been and offer awards. After each quarter mark, doing this will offer us a clearer photo of who has actually regularly benefited the group throughout the year. Let’s start with the MVP award.
MVP Award: Nneka Ogwumike
By every meaning possible, Nneka Ogwumike is the MVP of the Sparks. She leads the group in points (18.0), rebounds (7.5), and minutes played (32.5). She has actually likewise begun each and every single video game this year, an accomplishment just she and Liz Cambage can declare. She has the love and regard of her colleagues and the Sparks neighborhood at big. When they reveal gamers, the roars for Nneka are the loudest, and when crunch time is here, the ball generally winds up in Nneka’s hands. When you build up her production on the flooring, management with the group and adoration from the fans, the only conclusion you become Nneka is the MVP of the Sparks.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Sykes
The Sparks have a great deal of turnover from last season’s group, however Sykes has actually regularly been the Sparks finest protector for a couple of years now. She has the speed and strength to handle the very best guards and sufficient size not to be a liability when being turned on to larger gamers. She’s once again leading the group in takes and balancing almost a block a video game. Only Cambage has more blocks on the season. With numerous vibrant guards in the W, having a 2021 WNBA All-Defensive First-Team gamer at hand assists enormously.
Sixth Woman: Chennedy Carter
Sixth female is hard this early into the season due to the fact that we are still not sure what the beginning 5 will regularly be night in and night out. I’m sure Liz, Nneka, and Jordin Canada will begin every video game unless hurt, and I have concepts on the 4th and 5th area, however it’s still being established as Coach Derek Fisher tinkers with lineups. So far, the Sparks have couple of gamers who regularly come off the bench, and from that core, Chennedy Carter has actually shined.
Hollywood has actually been a stimulate plug for the group. She’s a licensed pail, and the enthusiasm and fire she has fun with can be felt on the court and in the stands. Averaging 9.6 points and 2.5 helps per video game makes her the most offensively efficient gamer on the bench by rather a margin. Barring injury, I anticipate Carter to continue coming off the bench and offering the Sparks an offending increase each time she plays.
Most Improved: Jordin Canada
Jordin Canada is LA. The LA native, UCLA Bruin, has actually been whatever the Sparks were hoping she might be and more. She’s having a profession year balancing 11.3 points, 5.3 helps, and 2.2 rebounds. She’s begun in every video game she’s played in and has actually strengthened herself as the Sparks point player. After a couple of seasons of taking the rear seat in Seattle, Canada has actually shown she’s not just all set for a larger function however shines in it.
This classification is simply strictly highlighting the group leaders in points, rebounds, and helps. So, no analysis is being done here.
Sparks Scoring Leader: Nneka Ogwumike 18.0 PPG
Sparks Rebounding Leader: Nneka Ogwumike 7.5 RPG
Sparks Assists Leader: Jordin Canada 5.3 APG
Fisher shared some ideas on the start of the season up until now and where the Sparks are now compared to this time last season after the group’s win over Dallas.
“There’s an opportunity for us to actually fine tune who we are now,” he stated. “So far through 11 games we’ve just had to like lace our shoes up and go out and play because we had a game every time we blinked, but now we get to actually break down and start to look at what we’re doing well, where our weaknesses and our growth opportunities are, and really start to hone in on those things over the next few weeks.”
June will absolutely be a much kinder schedule for the Sparks with just 7 video games in the month compared to the 11 video games played in May, consisting of 8 on the roadway. Hopefully the schedule permits Fisher to enhance the group and get to the middle of the season with more wins than losses.