A'ja Wilson Unanimous All-WNBA First Team Selection
NEW YORK - WNBA Most Valuable Player A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks have been unanimously selected to the 2020 All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today.
Wilson and Parker were the only players named to the All-WNBA First Team on all 47 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Wilson makes her debut on the All-WNBA Team. This is the sixth All-WNBA First Team selection and ninth All-WNBA Team honor overall for Parker.
Joining Wilson and Parker (235 points each) on the 2020 All-WNBA First Team are Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (233), Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (224) and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale (190). This marks the third All-WNBA selection and second First Team nod for Stewart. Vandersloot, a four-time All-WNBA pick who also was named to the First Team in 2019, is the only player to be selected to the All-WNBA Team in each of the last two seasons. Ogunbowale is an All-WNBA Team selection for the first time.
The 2020 All-WNBA Second Team consists of Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (150 points), Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (135), Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (123), Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith (101) and Washington Mystics forward-center Myisha Hines-Allen (60). Taurasi extends her record for the most All-WNBA Team selections to 14. Diggins-Smith is an All-WNBA choice for the fourth time and Bonner for the second time. Collier and Hines-Allen are making their All-WNBA Team debuts.
Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote. If a player received votes at multiple positions, she was slotted at the position where she received the most votes.
2020 All-WNBA First Team
A'ja Wilson, Aces: In her third WNBA season, Wilson averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.23 steals. The 6-4 Wilson led the WNBA in blocks, ranked second in scoring and finished sixth in rebounding. Behind Wilson, the Aces tied for the best record in the WNBA (18-4) and earned the top seed in WNBA Playoffs 2020 presented by AT&T.
Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA First Team selection for the first time since 2017, the 6-4 Parker averaged 14.7 points, a WNBA-high 9.7 rebounds 4.6 assists, 1.23 blocked shots and 1.18 steals while shooting 51.0 percent from the field. The two-time WNBA MVP finished in third place in this year's MVP voting.
Breanna Stewart, Storm: The 2018 WNBA MVP, who missed the 2019 season due to injury, returned this season and finished as the runner-up to Wilson in MVP voting. The 6-4 Stewart averaged 19.7 points (fourth in the WNBA), 8.3 rebounds (ninth), 3.6 assists, 1.65 steals (ninth) and 1.30 blocked shots (fifth), helping Seattle (18-4) tie Las Vegas for the best record in the WNBA.
Courtney Vandersloot, Sky: The 5-8 Vandersloot led the WNBA in assists (10.0 apg) for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall. She became the first player in WNBA history to average at least 10.0 assists and broke the single-season league record of 9.1 assists that she set last season. Vandersloot also set the WNBA's single-game record with 18 assists against the Indiana Fever on Aug. 31.
Arike Ogunbowale, Wings: Ogunbowale averaged a league-leading 22.8 points in her second WNBA season. A 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team selection, the 5-8 Ogunbowale scored at least 14 points in every game this season. She recorded four games with at least 30 points, including a career-high 39 points against the Mystics on Sept. 6.
2020 All-WNBA Second Team
Diana Taurasi, Mercury: At age 38 in her 16th WNBA season, the 6-foot Taurasi ranked fifth in the league in scoring (18.7 ppg) and eighth in assists (4.5 apg).
DeWanna Bonner, Sun: An All-WNBA Team selection for the first time since 2015, the 6-4 Bonner finished third in the WNBA in scoring (19.7 ppg), tied for sixth in steals (1.68 spg) and 10th in rebounding (7.8 rpg).
Napheesa Collier, Lynx: The 6-1 Collier, the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year, ranked 12th in the league in scoring (16.1 ppg) and third in both rebounding (9.0 rpg) and steals (1.81 spg).
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Mercury: The 5-9 Diggins-Smith, who did not play in 2019 following the birth of her son, averaged 17.7 points (seventh in the WNBA) and 4.2 assists (10th).
Myisha Hines-Allen, Mystics: Named the runner-up for the 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player Award in her first season as a WNBA starter, the 6-1 Hines-Allen ranked 10th in the league in scoring (17.0 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.9 rpg).
In honor of their accomplishments, each member of the All-WNBA First Team will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150.
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