Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
After a disappointing 2021 campaign, Sabrina Ionescu has bounced back this season as one of the most complete players in the league. The star point guard is averaging 17.5 points per game on 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three, and 92 percent from the line. Ionescu’s efficient play is compounded by the other things she brings to the court — her playmaking and rebounding. With over five assists and six rebounds per contest, Ionescu is a threat in every aspect of her game. Although the Liberty aren’t having the best record in the win column, Ionescu is doing everything she can to help her team make the playoffs and should be considered one of the best players in the league this season.
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
A’ja Wilson is having another outstanding season. Wilson averages over 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, all while playing some of the best defense in the league. While she has been efficient from the field, averaging over 50 percent on all field goal attempts, Wilson has been inefficient in three-pointers at 26.9 percent this season. First-year head coach Becky Hammon has done a great job of getting the most out of her young stars, with Wilson being a big factor in the Ace’s having the best record in the W. The best part is that Wilson may not even be the only MVP of her own team.
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
The 2018 MVP and current scoring leader has made a strong case halfway through the season that she is most deserving of this year’s MVP award. Averaging over 22 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, Breanna Stewart is having another phenomenal season on one of the most storied franchises in the league. Her team is currently fourth in the ranking, led by Stewart’s fantastic play. The only thing keeping the two-way player from being No. 1 on this list is her team’s record and the great play of another player this season.
Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
The former 2017 No. 1 overall pick took a leap last season after overcoming her Achilles injury that she suffered in 2020, jumping from averaging 8.6 points per game in 2019 to 14.8 points per game in 2021. This improvement was good enough to earn Kelsey Plum the Sixth Woman of the Year Award and second in Most Improved Player voting. This season as a starter, Plum has taken another leap into MVP territory as she averages 20.1 points and 5.9 assists per game, making her second in the league in points per game and fourth in assists, all while shooting over 43 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the line. Plum threatens to join the highly elite 50-40-90 club if she’s able to raise her field goal percentage up to 50 percent from her current 45 percent standing. As the best offensive player on the best team in the league, it’s hard to argue that Plum shouldn’t be the front runner for this season’s MVP award.