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A’ja Wilson favored to repeat as WNBA MVP in 2021

A’ja Wilson is favored to win her second MVP in 2021 by a narrow margin, and she’ll face stiff competition from a host of other stars.

Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson talks with teammates during game two of the 2020 WNBA Finals at IMG Academy. Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 WNBA season is set to begin on May 14, and a host of talented players are expected to be in the running for this year’s MVP Award. Five different women have won since 2016, and only two active players have won the award twice. Last year’s winner is the favorite to repeat at DraftKings Sportsbook, and we’ll look over the top contenders and sleepers here.

Favorites

A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces (+300)

Wilson is the odds-on favorite and amassed 43 of the 47 first-place votes last season. The Aces forward ranked second in points per game (20.5), sixth in rebounding (8.5). She was also one of the WNBA’s elite rim protectors and led all players with two blocks per game. The Aces finished with the best record in the WNBA last season and are expected to be in the title race this year. Wilson will have a lot to do with that.

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm (+350)

The Storm star got three of the four first-place votes that Wilson didn’t get last season. The two-time MVP rebounded nicely from the torn Achilles that cost her the 2019 season. She ranked third in points per game with 19.7, ninth in rebounds per game with 8.3, and fifth in blocks per game with 1.3. Her all-around game could help her take Wilson down to the wire, and Seattle is the odds-on favorite to win the title at +175.

Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics (+600)

Delle Donne is the WNBA’s other active two-time winner. The Mystics star won her second MVP award in 2019 but sat out of 2020 because of health concerns brought on by a preexisting condition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Delle Donne was second to only Brittney Griner in points per game (19.7) the last time she played and led the league in player efficiency rating (24.1). She could remind the world just how amazing she is in 2021.

Sleepers

Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings (+1300)

Few players are as electric with the ball as Ogunbowale. The Wings star was last year’s scoring leader with 22.8 points per game. She averaged 19.1 points per game as a rookie and could get even better in 2021. Diana Taurasi is the only player in WNBA history who’s averaged over 25 points per game for a season, and Ogunbowale has the potential to become the second. The Wings will have to be better than last in the Western Conference for her to get serious consideration, though.

Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx (+2000)

Collier finished fifth in last year’s MVP voting, and the 24-year-old forward put together a career year in her third season with the Lynx. She nearly averaged a double-double in 2020 with 16.1 points and 9 rebounds per game while shooting 52.3% from the field and 40.8% from deep. Collier also cracked the top six in steals (1.8) and blocks (1.3) per game. Her development is far from complete, and she could take another big leap in year three.

2021 WNBA MVP odds

2021 WNBA MVP odds

Player Odds 5/10
Player Odds 5/10
A'ja Wilson +300
Breanna Stewart +350
Elena Delle Donne +600
Liz Cambage +700
Brittney Griner +700
Candace Parker +800
Jonquel Jones +1300
Arike Ogunbowale +1300
Diana Taurasi +1500
Courtney Vandersloot +1800
DeWanna Bonner +2000
Napheesa Collier +2000
Tina Charles +2500
Sylvia Fowles +3000
Chelsea Gray +3000
Natasha Howard +3000
Sabrina Ionescu +3000
Jewell Loyd +3000
Kayla McBride +3000
Nneka Ogwumike +3000
Kristi Toliver +3000
Skylar Diggins-Smith +4000
Dearica Hamby +4000
Aerial Powers +4000
Myisha Hines-Allen +6000
Allie Quigley +6000
Chennedy Carter +6000
Tiffany Hayes +6000
Kelsey Plum +6000
Satou Sabally +6000
Diamond DeShields +8000
Kelsey Mitchell +8000
Erica Wheeler +8000
Betnijah Laney +8000
Ariel Atkins +10000
Sue Bird +10000
Jordin Canada +10000
Charli Collier +10000
Crystal Dangerfield +10000
Candice Dupree +10000
Aari McDonald +10000
Odyssey Sims +10000
Natasha Cloud +10000
Seimone Augustus +20000
Damiris Dantas +20000
Awak Kuier +20000
Chiney Ogwumike +20000
Cheyenne Parker +20000
Jasmine Thomas +20000

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