NEW YORK, New York — Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has been named the 2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the WNBA announced today. The 10-year veteran earned her first MVP award and became the ninth different player in the last nine years to win the honor. She is the second winner for the Lynx, joining teammate Maya Moore (2014). Fowles averaged 18.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to lead the Lynx to a 27-7 record and the top seed in the playoffs. She also shot 65.5 percent from the field, leading the WNBA in shooting percentage for the fifth time in her career.
Fowles (385 points) received 35 of 40 first-place votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. New York Liberty forward Tina Charles earned three first-place votes and finished second with 199 points. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker received the other two first-place votes and was third (132 points). Players were awarded 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.
Fowles was named Western Conference Player of the Week five times this season and earned the Western Conference Player of the Month award for May, June and July.
In honor of being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player, Fowles will receive $15,000 and a specially designed trophy.