Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has been named the 2015 WNBA MVP after a dominant season that saw her win the scoring title and lead the Sky to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. By winning MVP, she becomes the sixth woman in WNBA history to win both MVP and Rookie of the Year.
Delle Donne averaged 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks on the season in 33.3 minutes per game. The next closest player to her in the scoring race was Maya Moore, who finished with a scoring average of 20.6 points per game and finished second in MVP voting. Tina Charles, Brittney Griner and Candace Parker finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Delle Donne shot 46 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. Her most impressive feat was her 95 percent mark from the free throw line on seven attempts per game.
Delle Donne has been battling Lyme disease since 2008, and she had to miss part of the WNBA season last year because of the disease before returning and leading the Sky to the WNBA Finals. The fact that she continues to overcome this health issue while playing at such a high level makes this an even better story.
Delle Donne played in 31 games this season and led Chicago to a 21-13 record. The Sky open up the playoffs at home against the Indiana Fever on Thursday.