WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne Headlines 2015 All-WNBA First Team As Unanimous Pick
Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player , headlines the 2015 All-WNBA First Team. Delle Donne received First Team votes on all 39 ballots, making her the only unanimous pick from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.
Joining Delle Donne (195 total points) in the First Team frontcourt are two former WNBA MVPs in 2014 winner Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, a forward who received 37 First Team votes and 188 points, and 2012 winner Tina Charles of the New York Liberty, a center who earned 24 First Team votes and 167 points. The First Team also features guards DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury (19 First Team votes, 131 points) and Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream (nine First Team votes, 102 points).
Phoenix center Brittney Griner (147 points) highlights the 2015 All-WNBA Second Team and is joined in the frontcourt by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (106) and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (63). The Second Team backcourt is comprised of Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince (96) and Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (73).
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.
Delle Donne, a member of the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in her three seasons, averaged a league-high 23.4 points, scoring at least 40 points twice, 30 points five times, and 20 points 21 times. She also shot a WNBA-best 95.0 percent (207-for-218) from the free throw line and finished third in the league in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and blocked shots (2.06 bpg). The First Team honor is the latest accolade for Delle Donne, a Second Team selection in 2014, the leading vote-getter for WNBA All-Star in two of her three seasons, and the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First Team, while each member of the Second Team will receive $5,000.
Below are the results of the 2015 All-WNBA Team voting:
2015 ALL-WNBA FIRST TEAM
|Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Forward||195|
|Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx||Forward||188|
|Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Center||167|
|DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury||Guard||131|
|Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Guard||102|
2015 ALL-WNBA SECOND TEAM
|Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||Forward||106|
|Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Forward||63|
|Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||Center||147|
|Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Guard||96|
|Courtney Vandersloot||Chicago Sky||Guard||73|