The WNBA announced Tuesday that A’ja Wilson had won the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year award. Wilson also earned her second career All-Defensive selection after leading the W in blocks for the second time during the 2022 season.
Wilson averaged 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds (including 7.6 defensive rebounds), 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game on 50.1 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. Wilson holds a 98.5 defensive rating (top 15 amongst players that played 36 games this season) and leads the League in defensive rebounding percentage (24.2 percent).
Wilson was also eighth in steal percentage (24.0 percent) and first in block percentage at a staggering 64.2 percent. Wilson also holds a 1.32 defensive win share ranking, good for eighth amongst players who played all 36 games this year.
Wilson and the Aces will look to rebound from their Game 1 loss to Seattle and tie up their semifinal series on Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST. Game 2 will air on ESPN2.