On Tuesday morning, the WNBA announced that Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones has been named the 2021 MVP after averaging a career-high 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while leading the Sun to a league-best 26-6 record.
Jones also led the Sun their highest winning percentage in franchise history (.813) despite missing the entire 2020 season with .
Now in her fifth season out of George Washington, Jones will receive $15,450 and a trophy by Tiffany & Co after becoming the first player in the WNBA 25-year history to win the Most Improved Award (2017), Sixth Woman (2018) and MVP.
Jones received 48 out of 49 first-place votes (487 points), winning the award nearly unanimously, while Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner came in second place (224 points) and Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (156 points) came in third place for the prize.
The Sun locked up the top overall seed in the postseason due to Jones’s strong play and great depth on a team that also features WNBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2021 season, Brionna Jones.