Sylvia Fowles has received her third WNBA Defensive Player of the Year title, which is a lot for one player. Fowles, the center for the Minnesota Lynx received 19 out of 39 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, according to ESPN.
Breanna Stewart from the Seattle Storm was second with eight votes, the third was Nneka Ogwumike from Los Angeles Sparks with four, according to the Seattle Times. Brittney Griner from the Phoenix Mercury and Alana Beard from Los Angeles were following with three votes each.
Sylvia Fowles has stated that the past year was very successful and that she’s very grateful for her team. She said they are the reason for her third big title. She elaborated that her team pushes her to be great every single day and that she’s grateful for all of the support she gets.
Cheryl Reeve, Fowles’ coach also received the title of 2016 WNBA Coach of the Year Friday, which can easily count as double victory of the successful team. Reeve beat the Los Angeles’ Brian Agler (12 votes) with 17 votes for a secured title and another reason to celebrate the excellent season. Seattle’s Jenny Boucek and New York’s Bill Laimbeer were third in the line with three votes each. Cheryl Reeve also won the Coach of the Year award back in 2011, so this is her second title, for which she has already thanked her fans and family.
A panel of the 12 coaches in the league also selected the WNBA All-Defensive First Team and they were proud to announce that Sylvia Fowles will be headlining in the event. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players for obvious reasons. There was a first-team vote and a second-team vote in the process of deciding, earning 5 and 3 points for the first and second-team vote.
Sylvia Fowles will be in the first team with 35 points, accompanied by Beard, Nneka Ogwumike, Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, and Indiana’s Briann January. The All-Defensive Second Team consists of Griner, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings , Stewart, New York’s Tanisha Wright and Connecticut’s Jasmine Thomas. Sylvia Fowles is fifth in the WNBA in defensive rebounds, fourth in blocks, and 11th in steals, averaging 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds and shooting 59.5 percent.
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Commentary by Matic Satler