Two-time Sun All-Star Breonna Jones was named sixth player of the year in a nearly unanimous vote.

Briona Jones She continues to add equipment to her collection after another All-Star season. Jones Connecticut SunThe National Basketball Association announced that the 2022 reserve star was chosen as the best player in the world for the year 2022, Thursday.

It was a near consensus call as 53 of the 56 votes cast by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters went to Jones. Chicago Sky forward/centre Azura Stevens got two votes while Washington Mystics forward Misha Hines Allen got one.

Jones made major contributions from the bench to seed No. 3 Sun (25-11), finishing second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding. she was Named after her for the second time in a row The All-Star Game in July when coaches voted her as one of the 12 All-Star teams. She was the only player named on the team that mostly came off the bench and is new to the season in which she won the Most Improved Player.

It breaks the three-year streak of Aces players winning the award. Derica Hamby won 2019 and 20, and Kelsey Bloom took her title last year. Sun star Jonquel Jones was named sixth player in 2018. Renee Montgomery also won it while with Connecticut in 2012 and current Sun forward DeWanna Bonner won it three times in Phoenix from 2009-2011. It was first awarded in 2007.

the sun Even at 1-1 in the semi-final series With No. 2 Skye after a tough performance in Game 2 Wednesday night.

Sun, Bryona Jones’ recipe for the sixth player

The award is for a player who’s been off the bench more games than he started, and Jones, 26, has been the favorite since the start of the season. I played in 29 games as a reserve and the sun went 20-9. The 6-foot-3 forward is the first to come off the Sun bench behind superstars Alyssa Thomas and 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones.

Jones averaged 13.8 points per inch, the most of any reserve player who has played the most games off the bench. She added averages per game of 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in 23.6 minutes. The shooting clip of 57.4% is also among the best for a reserve player. Ranked third in gainers (6.3) behind MVP nominees Breanna Stewart (8.1) and A’ja Wilson (7.0), According to her collar stats.

The Sun promoted Jones’ campaign with “TV Guide: Chef Breeze Edition”, a nice sequel to her”cover girl“Last year’s streak for Player of the Year has been improving.

It detailed a ‘six-step recipe’ to win the prize and each page included ‘ingredients’ and ‘instructions’. For the Phoenix Mercury win, the score was 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals with instructions such as “For base, put 14 points in the first half and 3 possessions in the second quarter.”

Jones’s photo pages included the nickname “MasterChef”, “Top Chef”, “Chopped”, “The Next Iron Chef”, “The Great British Baking Show” and “Hot Ones”.

The Sun topped Maryland with the 8th pick in the 2017 draft. Set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 and franchise under salary cap. Three players are above the maximum player and the fourth is not far from him.

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Brianna Jones was the all-year favorite for the sixth player. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Who else could have won the sixth player?

Stevens and Atlanta Dream guard Arie MacDonald had some of the best cases behind Jones for the sixth player award.

Stevens averaged 10.1 ppg (48% FG, 34.1% 3FG), 3.6 rpg and 1.1 bpg at 20.2 mpg. Its mass led the Chicago List. I got off the bench 27 times and went sky 20-7. Chicago tied Las Vegas for the best record of 2022 at 26-10 and earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

MacDonald was similarly strong in her second season in the WNBA. They averaged 10.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.4 spg in an out-of-seat packed baseline. It was 39.2% from the field, including 33.3% from the 3-point range. Her record numbers and overall efficiency are up from her rookie season. Their defensive intensity helped Atlanta earn a defensive rating of 99.8 which ranked fifth in the league. Atlanta’s 7.7 steals per game were ranked fourth, and the opponent’s paint points were ranked second.

Hines-Allen averaged 7.4 ppg shoots 39.7% overall, and 4.7 rpg and 1.4 apg in 19 games off the bench. It averaged 16.3 minutes per game.

2022 WNBA Awards List

Sportsmanship Award: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Links

Executive Director of the Year: James Wade, Chicago Sky

general coach: Becky Hammon, Las Vegas Ice

Rookie of the Year (and All-Rookie): Ryan Howard, Atlanta Dream

Most improved player: Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces

Defensive Player of the Year (And defensive teams): Aja Wilson, Las Vegas ACE

September 7: Most Valuable Player

September 15: All-WNBA

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