The second year guard had a quantum leap in her 2014 performance after an inconsistent 2013 season.
The WNBA has announced that Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins has won the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player Award. Diggins was second in the league in scoring average (20.1), and also was in the Top-5 for assists (5.0) per game.
Nate gave a long take back in early August which puts just how good her improvement was in perspective. To recap, her individual offensive and defensive rating differential went from 85 (Off) to 106 (Def) in 2013 to 110 (Off) and 111 (Def) in 2014. That narrowed a rating differential of -21 to just -1 point per 100 possessions played, while playing more minutes. That’s really, really good.
Here is the complete list of candidates who did receive votes in the race:
Points Player Team 29 Skylar Diggins Shock 2 Emma Meesseman Mystics 2 Courtney Paris Shock 2 Allie Quigley Sky 1 Alex Bentley Sun 1 Jessica Breland Sky 1 Brittney Griner Mercury
Diggins winning this award wasn’t a surprise, but it is definitely well-deserved.