Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson named 2020 WNBA Most Valuable Player

Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson named 2020 WNBA Most Valuable Player

Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson has been named the 2020 WNBA Most Valuable Player Thursday, receiving 43 of 47 first-place votes and 458 total points from the national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. 

In her third WNBA season, Wilson (24) averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.23 steals in 31.7 minutes per game over the 22-game regular season, leading the WNBA in blocks and ranking second in scoring. 

Recently named AP WNBA Player of The Year, Wilson helped lead the Aces to six consecutive wins to close out the regular season and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs, scoring at least 20 points in 15 of 22 games.

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A six-four forward from South Carolina, your 2020 @WNBA Most Valuable Player, A’JA WILSON!!!

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Wilson was drafted No. 1 overall by the Las Vegas Aces in 2018 after a highly decorated collegiate career at the University of South Carolina under head coach Dawn Staley. She helped lead the Gamecocks to the 2017 national championship and was the consensus college player of the year following the 2017-18 season.

Wilson won the 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year award, was selected as a WNBA All-Star in 2018 and 2019 and won the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month twice in 2020.

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Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart finished in second place with 308 total points and three first-place votes, and Los Angeles Sparks forward-center Candace Parker finished in third place with 219 total points. 

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

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