Just like Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley won her second straight WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award, Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner won her second consecutive WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award on Thursday.
Griner won the award in a landslide with 33 of 39 votes, and it was for good reason. She set a WNBA record with 4.04 blocks per game in 26 contests this season. MVP winner Elena Delle Donne had the second-highest blocks per game mark at 2.06, meaning Griner almost doubled up the competition.
Griner ranked second in defensive rebounding on the season, finishing just behind Delle Donne with 6.4 defensive boards per game.
The 6’8 Griner is the backbone of a stingy Mercury defense that ranked second in opponent field goal percentage and fourth in points allowed. Phoenix finished the season 20-14 thanks to her contributions on both ends of the floor, and a date with the Tulsa Shock awaits Griner and the Mercury in the first round of the playoffs.