It didn’t take much detective work to figure out what was happening when the WNBA sent an email Thursday afternoon saying it would have a “major award announcement” later Thursday in Los Angeles.
That suggested the league’s 2013 Most Valuable Player was the Sparks’ Candace Parker, since Parker was the only Los Angeles player in contention for a “major award.”
And Parker is indeed MVP for the second time. The Naperville Central product also won after her rookie season in 2008. This one was worth $15,000 in prize money.
Forward Maya Moore of Minnesota tied Parker with 10 first-place votes and second overall in voting by 39 national media members. Forward Elena Delle Donne and center Sylvia Fowles of the Sky finished third and fourth, respectively.
Parker, 27, led the Sparks to a 24-10 record and the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed. She ranked fourth in blocks (1.84 per game), sixth in scoring (17.9), seventh in rebounding (8.7) and double-doubles (eight) and 12th in assists (career-high 3.8).
Parker received 234 points in a ballot awarding 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth.
Moore had 218 points, while Delle Donne had 189 (seven first places). Fowles had 109 (six), and Atlanta Dream forward/guard Angel McCoughtry was fifth. (90 / 2).
Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote received.
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