Chicago has a new Most Valuable Player.
Sky forward Elena Delle Donne was named WNBA MVP, the league announced on Wednesday.
— CHICAGO SKY (@wnbachicagosky) September 16, 2015
Delle Donne, 26, won the WNBA regular-season scoring title after averaging 23.4 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds and two blocks per game. Delle Donne also shot a league-high 95 percent from the free-throw line. She played in a career-high 31 games this season, helping lead the Sky to 21 wins, which is their second-most in franchise history.
"I would say my biggest accomplishment was just becoming more of a leader," Delle Donne said in a live ESPN interview.
“That's what we needed on this team. We have a pretty young team and that's where we kind of faltered before and unfortunately weren't able to get where we wanted to in the playoffs. I think my leadership as a whole has been what's impressed me the most and been the biggest challenge for me."
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Delle Donne is only a year removed from a rough 2014 season in which she missed over half of the Sky's regular-season games with a recurrence of Lyme Disease and a back injury during the playoffs.
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted his congratulations to Delle Donne.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 15, 2015
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The Sky open up the 2015 WNBA playoffs when they host the Indiana Fever at the UIC Pavilion at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
"WNBA championship is by far the biggest goal and the playoffs are starting tomorrow, so it's right around the corner and that would by far be the most amazing thing to bring home to Chicago."