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Aja Wilson can’t stop winning.
Whether it’s the WNBA regular season, the WNBA Playoffs or the Olympics, the Las Vegas Aces center continues to come out on top. It’s the same at the WNBA Awards, where she received another honor for her trophy case.
Wilson was named the 2022 WNBA MVP on Wednesday, becoming just the seventh player in league history to receive the award multiple times. She received her first honor in 2020 before finishing sixth in the MVP race last season.
Wilson ranked fifth in scoring during the 2022 regular season with 19.5 points per game. Her impact was huge on the other end of the court, leading the league with 1.9 blocks per game en route to winning the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. She is the first player in WNBA history to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season since 2007.
Voters beat Wilson on the ballot over Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart. 31 of the 56 primary votes went to Wilson compared to 23 primary votes for Stewart. Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker and Aces guard Chelsea Gray were the other two players who received first-place votes.
Players receive 10 points for a first-place vote, seven points for a second-place vote, five points for a third-place vote, three points for a fourth-place vote and one point for a fifth-place vote. A total of 17 players received any kind of vote. Here’s how the top five shook out:
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces: 478 points
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm: 446 points
Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces: 181 points
Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun: 94 points
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky: 78 points
Wilson helped lead the Aces to a 26-10 record, earning them the No. 1 seed in the WNBA playoffs. Las Vegas eliminated the No. 8 Phoenix Mercury in the first round before sweeping Stewart, Sue Bird and the No. 4 Seattle Hurricanes in the semifinals.
As the Aces await the winner of Thursday’s decisive Game 5 between the Sky and Connecticut Sun in the 2022 WNBA Finals, Wilson will look to add another title to her resume: WNBA champion.