Alysha Clark of the Aces Earns WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Honors

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Alysha Clark of the Aces Earns WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Honors

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Las Vegas Aces forward Alysha Clark has been named the 2023 Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, marking her first time receiving this prestigious honor. To qualify for the award, a player must have participated in more games as a substitute than as a starter.

Clark secured 35 out of 60 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, making her the clear choice for this recognition. DiJonai Carrington, a guard-forward from the Connecticut Sun, came in second place with 13 votes, while Chicago Sky’s guard Dana Evans claimed third place with nine votes. Center Kalani Brown from the Dallas Wings, guard Marine Johannès of the New York Liberty, and guard Sami Whitcomb from the Seattle Storm each received one vote.

In her 11th WNBA season and debut with the Aces, Clark exhibited outstanding performance, playing in all 39 regular-season games for Las Vegas. She primarily came off the bench in 38 of these games, starting only once.

Clark averaged 6.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game during the regular season, all while maintaining impressive three-point shooting accuracy, making 38.6 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc—ranking 17th in the WNBA in this category. She achieved double-digit scoring in 10 games, with a season-high of 16 points in a remarkable 103-77 victory against Seattle on September 2. Moreover, she recorded five or more rebounds in 11 games.

Clark played a pivotal role in the Aces’ remarkable regular season, which culminated in a 34-6 record and clinching the No. 1 seed in the 2023 WNBA Playoffs presented by Google. Currently, the Aces have progressed to the WNBA Semifinals and will host the winner of the series between the Dallas Wings and the Atlanta Dream, with the action commencing on Sunday, September 24, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Las Vegas concluded the regular season with the most wins and the fifth-highest winning percentage (.850) in WNBA history. They also boasted the highest offensive rating (113.0) and set a new record for the most 100-point games (11) by any team in the league’s history.

Clark, a two-time WNBA All-Defensive Team selection, joins an elite group as the third player from the Aces to earn the Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Award. She follows in the footsteps of Kelsey Plum (2021) and Dearica Hamby (2020 and 2019). As a reward for her remarkable achievement, Clark will receive $5,150 in prize money and a specially designed trophy commemorating her success.

Below are the voting results for the 2023 Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Award, along with a list of past recipients since the award’s establishment in 2007.

Reference:

https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/aces-alysha-clark-named-wnba-sixth-player-of-the-year

https://www.wnba.com/news/2023-kia-wnba-sixth-poy#:~:text=NEW%20YORK%2C%20Sept.%2018%2C,reserve%20than%20as%20a%20starter.

https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/38431585/aces-alysha-clark-named-wnba-sixth-player-year

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