Las Vegas’ WNBA MVP All-Star

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A’ja Wilson taking a shot at a game.

Quinn Pedrick, Managing Editor

A’ja Wilson, forward for the Las Vegas Aces, received a reward for being the Most Valued Player of the WNBA on the 17th of September.

“The No. 1 [number one] overall pick three years ago led the Aces to an 18-4 record during the shortened season and the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. Wilson averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks this year for the Aces. She received 43 of the 47 first-place votes in easily outpacing Breanna Stewart, who finished second and Candace Parker who was third,” the Associated Press reported.

Wilson has had a successful athletic career and her athletic abilities have been greatly highlighted this season. The 2020 WNBA season started in late July compared to the usual May start-up due to COVID-19, and Wilson earned the MVP Award in just less than 2 months.

“I’ve had lots of great players and All-Stars, but no one has carried a team like A’ja has this year,” Aces’ Coach Bill Laimbeer said to the Associated Press reporter.

Wilson is the first person in the Aces franchise to win this award going back to when they were located in San Antonio and Utah before that. She has made a name for Las Vegas and continues to make great progress.

“She was reading off my stats and that’s when it hit me what was going on,” Wilson said to the Associated Press reporter. “I wish I could tell you the rest, but I can’t because I was balling my eyes out. I was crying because I was so grateful for the moment. They surprised me with that one.”

You don’t have to knock anyone off their game to win yours. It doesn’t build you up to tear others down.”

— A'ja Wilson

The 24-year-old continues to surprise, more so further impress, her large audience by bringing in 23 points and 11 rebounds in the end of the semi-final series against the Connecticut Suns on Tuesday September 29th. She helped take the Las Vegas Aces to the Finals for the second time since becoming the Las Vegas Aces in 2018.

Wilson makes societal progress on and off the court with impressive scores but also fights for equality in neurodivergence and learning disabilities, bullying, and equal or fair pay. She has earned the Most Valuable Player this year, but her work is more valuable than one could imagine.

“You don’t have to knock anyone off their game to win yours,” Wilson said. “It doesn’t build you up to tear others down.”