The most difficult part of figuring out end of season awards is that no matter who you select someone will take it as a slight to their favorite player.
That’s especially true this year as you get to MVP and All-WNBA voting: trying to pick just four guards across two teams, for example, is a difficult task and parsing out first and second team is especially hard because it implies a hierarchy of talent when their isn’t necessarily a clear one. There are arguably 5-6 nearly equivalent guards vying for four spots.
Maybe moreso than past years, these awards are ultimately more about evaluating someone’s 2011 portfolio than any objective judgment of who they are as a player. So to warm-up before some of the tougher choices, I’ll start with some of the clearer choices and work my way down.
Sixth Woman of the Year Award: DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury
Although it’s becoming status quo for Bonner to win this award, she wasn’t exactly the frontrunner all season – All-Star rookie forward Danielle Adams probably would’ve been the favorite had she played an entire season and All-Star guard Essence Carson isn’t a bad choice either.
What sets Bonner apart is versatility on both ends of the floor: she’s one of the few players who ends up guarding positions 1-5 and offensively she’s extended her shooting range, shooting twice as many threes at about the same percentage as last season.