Dawn Staley: ‘Nobody Better’ Than Reigning MVP A’ja Wilson This Season

A’ja Wilson won her second career MVP last week after averaging 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game on 50.1 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and leading the Aces to a League-best 26-10 record.

She also won the Defensive Player of the Year last week, the Commissioner’s Cup, was voted a WNBA All-Star captain, and earned two Player of the Month and four Player of the Week nods.

Over the weekend, Dawn Staley, Wilson’s head coach at South Carolina and the former head coach of TeamUSA’sswomen’ss basketball program, commented on Wilson winning the 2022 MVP.

“Big A, you know I am never shocked by the success that you’ve had. The MVP is something you wanted, probably not the Defensive Player of the Year. You could care less about that — you don’t really play defense, but they gave you the award.”

“Thank you, though, thank you for the work that you put in in the off-season, and thank you for believing in yourself even on your worse day. The MVP is your resume throughout the entire year, and there was nobody better, nobody more consistent than you. So I am super happy for you; get that hardware right.” 

Wilson and the Aces are up 1-0 in the WNBA Finals heading into Tuesday’s Game 2 at Michelob Ultra Arena.