WNBA Most Valuable Player Award

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The Women's National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) award given since the league's inaugural season -- 1997. MVP voting takes place immediately following the regular season. The award recipient is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States. Panel members were asked to select their top five choices for the award, with 10 points being awarded for a first place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth.

In 2008, fans could also have a say in who won the award. Fans were able to vote online for their top five MVP picks. These selections accounted for 25% of the total vote, while the media panel's selections accounted for the other 75%.

Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie and Lauren Jackson have won the award three times. Elena Delle Donne is the only player to have won the award with two different teams—in 2015 with the Chicago Sky and 2019 with the Washington Mystics.

Candace Parker is the only player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season—2008.

Jackson, both born and trained in Australia, is the only award winner either born or trained outside the United States.

The sculptor of the WNBA MVP Award is Marc Mellon, who is also the sculptor of the NBA MVP Trophy.


^ Denotes player who is still active in the WNBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
dagger Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Denotes player whose team won championship that year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been named MVP
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won

Multi-time winners[edit]

Awards Player Team(s) Years
3 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets 2000, 2002, 2005
Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks 2001, 2004, 2006
Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm 2003, 2007, 2010
2 Cynthia Cooper Houston Comets 1997, 1998
Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks 2008, 2013
Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky / Washington Mystics 2015, 2019

See also[edit]


  • "WNBA MVP". Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  • "WNBA MVP Award - Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio". Retrieved January 19, 2009.