With the 2017 WNBA season officially at the halfway point, it’s time to hand out some awards as only Shattered Backboard can.
With the midway point of the 2017 WNBA season quickly approaching (or did it pass already?) here is a list of my awards for the best of the year thus far.
HCIC (Head Coach in Charge AKA Coach of the Year): Curt Miller
Point Blank. CURT MILLER. With so many preseason critics counting the Connecticut Sun out before the preseason even began, Miller and company are now sitting pretty with the third best overall record of 12-9 (at the time article was written). Lets face it, Connecticut was a mess when Miller took over, a freight train with nowhere to go. Now it seems like the Sun are headed to a place they haven’t been in in what feels like FOREVER. The PLAYOFFS.
What a Difference a Year Makes Award (AKA Most improved Player): Jonquel Jones, Jaz Thomas, Courtney Williams
How was this even possible? The metamorphosis Jones, Thomas, and Williams have gone through from the 2016 season to 2017 is better than any makeover Tyra (Hey girl!) can do to any contestant on ANTM. Two out of the three are first time All-Stars (Thomas, and Jones) while Williams has emerged to be one the most athletic players in the league.
Not Today Not in My House Award (AKA Defensive Player of the Year): Britney Griner
Picture it: A WNBA game in Phoenix during the summer of 2017. You’re driving down the lane thinking you have a wide open layup and BAM suddenly you see the ball fly to the rafters and you’re on the floor in disbelief. Welcome to Griner’s Paint. The dominant Phoenix Mercury center was averaging 2.5 blocks a game before her injury. I mean come on, would you want to drive the paint knowing Griner is there? I think not!
Go On Girl Miss Baller Award (MVP): Sylvia Fowles
3, 3, 4 and 2. No these aren’t your afternoon lotto numbers. This is where Fowles ranks among leaders in Points, Rebounds, Blocks, and FG Percentage. You can debate with me all you want about the others but this one is not up for debate. Go on girl, Ms. Fowles if your nasty!
Just Call my Name and I’ll Be There Award (6th Woman of the Year): Renee Montgomery
Montgomery has played a vital part in coming off the bench in multiple Minnesota Lynx victories. She knows her role, and has the ability to turn it on at just the right time. Having Montgomery on your bench when she could start for any other team in the WNBA much be like a dream for Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.
So there it is folks! The 2017 WNBA Midseason Awards! Lets see how the rest of the year pans out and who takes home the hardware come late September!