2014 WNBA Champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and current 2019 league scoring leader Brittney Griner was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today. It’s the eighth career honor for Griner, the second-most by a Mercury player in franchise history (Taurasi).
Griner earns the award after three big performances over the course of last week, scoring 20+ points in each of the three games. The 6-foot-9 center averaged a double-double on the week, posting averages of 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting an impressive 62.7 percent (32-of-51) from the field.
Griner tipped off the week with a 29-point, 14-rebound and three-blocks performance in the Mercury’s win on August 27 in New York. With her 14 made field goals in the game, it marked just the fourth time in WNBA history a player has finished with at least 29 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and 14 made field goals (Griner accounts for two of them). It was Griner’s 40th career double-double, which ranks second in franchise history behind DeWanna Bonner’s 41.
The 2019 All-Star followed up her big performance in New York with 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the team’s win in Atlanta on August 29, and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and two blocks at Chicago on September 1. In the game against the Sky, Griner passed current Mercury assistant coach Penny Taylor for third place on the Mercury’s all-time scoring list and now trails only Bonner and Diana Taurasi in such category.
Griner has put together and MVP-caliber season this summer, ranking first in the league in scoring (20.7 ppg – only player in the WNBA averaging over 20 points per game), second in blocks (2.1 bpg), third in field goal percentage (55.3) and second in efficiency (23.0). She’s posted five consecutive games of 20+ points, seven in the last eight games and 17 on the season, while leading the league in 30+ point performances this season with four. Girner’s currently the only player in the WNBA this season averaging at least 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game, a feat that only Anthony Davis did during the 2018-19 NBA season.
After coming within one win of trip to the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury return in 2019 in search of a league-record tying fourth WNBA title. Led by the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix looks to continue its title quest on September 3 against Seattle. Tickets for the Mercury’s next home game on Tuesday, September 3 against the Seattle Storm, and the remaining two home games, at Talking Stick Resort Arena can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.