Now that we have entered the home stretch of the 2022 WNBA season, all eyes turn toward a competitive MVP race.
With less than a month left in the regular season, we have a pretty good idea about who could win the MVP award this summer. Breanna Stewart is currently the favorite, but a pair of Las Vegas standouts are not too far behind.
2022 WNBA MVP Odds
Odds as of Monday, July 18:
Breanna Stewart +100
Aj’a Wilson +120
Kelsey Plum +500
Sabrina Ionescu +1500
Elena Delle Donne +5000
Candace Parker +5000
Jonquel Jones +5000
Nneka Ogwumike +6000
Skylar Diggins Smith +6000
Arike Ogunbowale +7500
All over selections are 200/1 or longer
Breanna Stewart Leads The Way
Leading the way for the Seattle Storm, forward Breanna Stewart is on her way to winning the MVP award for the first time since 2018.
Stewart leads the league in scoring by averaging 21 points per game on 45% shooting through 23 games. Stewart is also producing 7.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game so far this season.
The numbers are similar to when Stewart secured the award in 2018. In that season, Stewart averaged 21.8 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest.
Behind Stewart’s play, Seattle has won four games in a row and is third in the league standings with a 17-8 overall record. That is important, because MVP awards in any sport are often given out to statistical producers on good teams.
Aces' Duo Remains In The Mix
Speaking of good teams, the Las Vegas Aces are the favorite to win the WNBA championship with a price of +170 at WynnBET’s online sportsbook. The talented duo of A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum are a big reason why.
A’ja Wilson, who entered the year as the favorite to win the award, is now priced at +120. Wilson, the 2020 MVP, is averaging 19 points per outing to go along with 9.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The Aces are second in the league with a 18-7 overall record.
But the problem, at least for Wilson's sake, is that Las Vegas has another MVP candidate on this team. Kelsey Plum, who was recently named the MVP of the All-Star Game, has had her best season yet. She is averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting 41.5% from 3-point range. Plum is also recording 5.5 assists and 1.1 steals per contest.
It usually isn’t a good sign when a team is so good that it has multiple players in the MVP race, because they could ultimately take votes away from each other. It remains to be seen if either Wilson or Plum can rise up the ranks over the next few weeks.
2021: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
2020: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
2019: Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
2018: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
2017: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
2016: Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
2015: Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky