WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks midseason awards, including N. Ogwumike as MVP

Believe it or not, the LA Sparks are past the season’s midway mark. This year has actually brought lots of anticipated and unforeseen modifications for the group, from a brand-new president, a training modification, and a star complimentary representative signing up with the group. With the season midway done, the Sparks are a discouraging 8-11 however connected with the Liberty for the 8th and last playoff area. If they can make some incremental enhancements in the 2nd half of the season, they can go back to the playoffs for the very first time given that 2020.

There will be a lot of time to break down the roadway ahead for other Sparks; in the meantime, we wish to provide our midseason awards for the group. We did this for the very first quarter of the season and will do it after each quarter till the season is done. Again, this is simply awards for the group, not the WNBA as a whole. Let’s begin with the MVP award.

MVP: Nneka Ogwumike

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The point of doing this every quarter is to break down the situation for these awards throughout the season and see the incremental modifications accompanying the group and its gamers. That will unlikely be occurring with the MVP award. It’s Nneka Ogwumike. It’s been Nneka Ogwumike. You can take a look at the intangibles like her management on and off the court and her seniority within the group, or you can take a look at the statistics. She’s balancing 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.9 helps per video game. She is leading the group in both points and rebounds and has actually begun each and every single video game this season — an accomplishment just she and Liz Cambage have actually achieved. When you include all of it up, you can just come to one conclusion, Nneka Ogwumike is the MVP of this group.

Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Sykes

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With interim head coach Fred Williams, the Sparks have actually enhanced defensively. One gamer who has actually constantly been a lockdown protector for the Sparks is Brittney Sykes. In a league where changing has actually ended up being prevalent and border defense is whatever, Sykes stands out at both with her athleticism, footwork, wingspan, and unbelievable shot-blocking capability.

Sykes isn’t simply an obstructing device; she likewise leads the group in takes with 1.7 a video game, and it’s no coincidence that the group’s protective score has actually enhanced over the previous month with her carried out back into the beginning lineup.

Sixth Woman: Chennedy Carter

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On this one, I truly did battle on who needs to be Sixth Woman. I practically opted for Lexie Brown, however eventually I arrived on Chennedy Carter. She’s accepted her function and has actually regularly been the most trustworthy gamer to come off the bench. She’s balancing 7.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2 helps per video game, and, on a group still attempting to enhance its lineup, it’s great to understand Hollywood Carter can be depended on to come off the bench and get containers.

Most Improved: Katie Lou Samuelson

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Katie Lou Samuelson has actually remained in the WNBA for 4 years and has actually bet 4 groups. She went from the No. 4 choice in the 2019 WNBA Draft to a journeywoman, however it appears she might have discovered her house here in LA due to the fact that she is having a profession year. She’s balancing 10.7 points and 1.9 helps while likewise shooting 41 percent from 3 on 4.5 efforts a video game, making her the most better gamer on the group.

Peak Performers

This classification highlights the group leaders in points, rebounds, and helps. So, no analysis is being done here, simply the numbers on who the leaders are.

Sparks Scoring Leader: Nneka Ogwumike, 18.3 PPG

Sparks Rebounding Leader: Nneka Ogwumike, 7.2 RPG

Sparks Assists Leader: Jordin Canada, 4.9 APG

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