With the 2021 ESPY’s approaching on Saturday, a litany of athletes with ties to the pacific northwest are nominated in multiple categories.
Representing the area in most of the categories is Breanna Stewart with two. She’s nominated for Best Athlete, Women’s Sports. In that category, she’s going up against Amanda Nunes (UFC), Naomi Osaka (Tennis), and Simone Biles (Gymnastics).
The other category Stewart is nominated in is Best WNBA Player. That category features reigning MVP A’ja Wilson, Candace Parker, and Arike Ogunbowale.
Stewart seems to have a great shot at both awards, as she’s coming off a season winning Finals MVP and averaged 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists during the Seattle Storm’s playoff run.
With the success Stewart and her teammates had a season ago, the Storm has been nominated for Best Team. A category exclusive to reigning champs of the past year such as the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), and much more.
What made the Storm’s 2020 postseason run so special is they went undefeated (6-0) and defeated opponents by an average of 15.3 points. Pure dominance for an organization that went on to win their second title in three seasons.
Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Sharing the category with Chase Young (NFL), Crystal Dangerfield (WNBA), and LaMelo Ball (NBA).
Herbert is coming off a rookie season with the Chargers in which he won Offensive Rookie of the Year and set multiple NFL rookie records. Some including most passing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (36), and most completions (396).
The last representative from the pacific northwest nominated for an ESPY is Gloira Amanda is Oregon State University. He’s nominated for Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports. He shares the category with recent NFL draftees Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) and DeVonta Smith (Alabama). Rounding out the category is NBA hopeful Luka Garza (Iowa).
Amanda finished the 2020 season as a MAC Herman Award Finalist, the first Beaver to do so. Coupled with that honor is the 22-year-old being named United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American All-Pac 12 First Team Honoree.