Napheesa Collier - MVP Candidate – Forbes

Napheesa Collier Isn’t Just The WNBA Rookie Of The Year; She’s An MVP Candidate – Forbes.

Long the class of the WNBA, this was supposed to be a reset year for the Minnesota Lynx. Just three players carried over from the Lynx’s 2018 playoff team to their 2019 roster, and no one quite knew what to expect. The questions began in free agency, as competitors added key players while Minnesota saw its veteran core disintegrate.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 1, the official first day of WNBA free agency, reports surfaced that point guard Odyssey Sims had agreed to a three-year, maximum-salary offer sheet with the Phoenix Mercury after two seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks. The biggest stars rarely move around in the WNBA, so jumping on opportunities like the apparent fissure between Sims and the Sparks is how smart teams can bolster their roster. For Phoenix, the plan failed. Los Angeles matched the offer sheet. But in a sudden leap of faith, the Minnesota Lynx rescued Sims by trading for her days after she signed the new contract and installing her as the leader of their offense.

About nine weeks later, the Lynx added to their new core by taking Napheesa Collier sixth overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft. The overhaul was complete. Out were Lynx legends Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and Maya Moore, as well as an assorted cast of role players. In were Sims, Collier and a bunch of youngsters without a proven track record of success.

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