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The WNBA season is in full swing, and fans are already looking at who might be named the league's top player. The 2023 WNBA MVP award will be one of the most hotly contested awards of this 2023 season, and there are some key players to keep an eye on.
New York Liberty forward Breanna Stewart leads the pack for the 2023 WNBA MVP, now leading a super team out in Brooklyn. Not far behind is reigning WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson, who won the 2022 WNBA Championship and Defensive Player of the Year award. But don't take your eyes off two-time WNBA Elena Delle Donne, who aims to bring her Washington Mystics back to title contention.
The 2023 WNBA season looks to be one of the league's most exciting yet, and the stars will lead the way. For all the best WNBA picks, previews, and predictions, stay tuned at WSN.com!
Odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook
|New York Liberty
|Las Vegas Aces
|Elena Delle Donne
|New York Liberty
- Breanna Stewart to win 2023 WNBA MVP (+280)
Breanna Stewart was the 2022 WNBA MVP runner-up, but she'll aim to win her second MVP award in 2023. After leaving her Seattle Storm for a super team in New York, Stewart is now the brightest star on one of the league's strongest rosters. Taking on a leadership role amongst some of the best in the WNBA, Stewart's success and production project to be top tier.
2022 WNBA season statistics
The 2018 WNBA MVP, Breanna Stewart, enters this season as one of the favorites to win her second award in 2023. After finishing second place in MVP voting in 2022, Stewart re-evaluated her priorities and now plying her trade in New York amongst some of the NBA's biggest stars.
Last season, Stewart was an all-around threat. She averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.0 threes per game on 47.2% from the field and 37.9% from three-point range. Nothing is guaranteed, but expect Stewart to remain the focus of the Liberty offense and broaden her production areas.
The expectations for the New York Liberty are through the roof, and there's no guarantee that they'll find success. However, with the experience and quality of Breanna Stewart, last year's MVP runner-up is set to have a tremendous year and reverse New York's fortunes.
2022 WNBA season statistics
Las Vegas Aces guard A'ja Wilson was one of last year's top performers, and she was awarded for her efforts. Earning the 2023 WNBA MVP and the 2023 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Wilson has solidified her place as one of the WNBA's best players.
Through the 2022 WNBA season, Wilson averaged 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 50.1% from the field and 37.3% from three-point range. Not only was she Las Vegas' focus on offense, but Wilson anchored the Aces' defense to their first WNBA Championship.
Expect it to be a tight race for MVP all season, but A'ja Wilson and her reigning champion Las Vegas Aces are sure to put her in the best position to win all season. The Aces have retooled themselves, acquiring two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker. Wilson returns with a stronger team that will only help her maintain her MVP-level production.
Several players have won the WNBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and the WNBA Championship in the same season. Here are some notable instances:
|Year(s) of MVP & Championship
|1997, 1998, 1999
|2003, 2007, 2010
|Los Angeles Sparks
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