Elizabeth Williams selected as the 2016 WNBA Most Improved Player

Elizabeth Williams

Atlanta Dream center/forward Elizabeth Williams earned the 2016 WNBA Most Improved player award the league announced today. The Duke University graduate and fourth pick of the 2015 draft had a breakout season averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds on the year, which was up from 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds a year ago.

Williams received 14 of 39 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. She is fifth in the league in rebounds (8.1), second in blocks (2.3) and 28th in scoring (11.9). She started all 34 games for the Dream and earned five double-doubles.

Other players that received votes included Washington Mystics guard Tayler Hill who finished second with nine votes.  Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd and New York Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers tied for third with five votes apiece.  Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas received two votes, followed by Dallas Wings guard/forward Karima Christmas, Chicago Sky guard Jamierra Faulkner, Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard and Washington center Emma Meesseman with one vote each.

Atlanta will open the first round of the WNBA playoffs Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET, versus the Seattle Storm. It will be aired live on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN.


In honor of being named the WNBA Most Improved Player, Williams will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.

All-time WNBA Most Improved Player Winners

Year Player Team
2016 Elizabeth Williams Atlanta Dream
2015 Kelsey Bone Connecticut Sun
2014 Skylar Diggins Tulsa Shock
2013 Shavonte Zellous Indiana Fever
2012 Kristi Toliver Los Angeles Sparks
2011 Kia Vaughn New York Liberty
2010 Leilani Mitchell New York Liberty
2009 Crystal Langhorne Washington Mystics
2008 Ebony Hoffman Indiana Fever
2007 Janel McCarville New York Liberty
2006 Erin Buescher Sacramento Monarchs
2005 Nicole Powell Sacramento Monarchs
2004 Wendy Palmer/Kelly Miller Connecticut Sun/Indiana Fever
2003 Michelle Snow Houston Comets
2002 Coco Miller Washington Mystics
2001 Janeth Arcain Houston Comets
2000 Tari Phillips New York Liberty
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