In the off-season the Dallas wings went young. The team has played well but Skylar Diggins-Smith is having an MVP type season.
When I read the news of Erin Phillips being waived by the Dallas Wings I was quite upset. I thought the Wings were going into full rebuild. Well Karima Christmas-Kelly, Glory Johnson and rookie phenom Allisha Gray have shown this not to be the case.
However, the undoubted team leader of this franchise is Skylar Diggins-Smith. The third pick in the 2013 WNBA draft out of Notre Dame is having her best season to date. In 23 games, Diggins-Smith is averaging 33.7 minutes, 18.6 points(8th), 5.7 assists (4th), 3.5 rebounds (50th), 1.3 steals (20th) and 0.7 blocks (17th) per game. Her shooting has been incredible as well with a 44/32/90 slash line.
On the back of Diggins-Smith play, the Wings are 11-12 on the season and sitting in the seventh seed for the Playoffs. All without their first choice back-up point guard, Aerial Powers. Fortunately for the Wings, Powers has recently returned from injury. This means Diggins-Smith will be able to play harder over shorter periods of time. Look out WNBA.
Not only has Diggins-Smith not had the Wings first choice back-up point guard, they have been without starting center Courtney Paris as well for almost the entire first half of the season. Diggins-Smith has also been paired with rookie Allisha Gray in the back-court. While Gray has been nothing short of amazing, it puts into perspective the performance of Diggins-Smith.
Recent MVP rankings on WNBA have Diggins-Smith well down the top ten. Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore, Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker are all well above her. The thing is, Fowles and Moore play for Minnesota. Ogwumike and Parker both play for Los Angeles. Diggins-Smith is doing it by herself.
If the award is for who is having the best season, Brittany Griner, Elena Delle Donne and the four mentioned above would certainly be front runners to take the award out. However, with the award being the Most Valuable player, I believe the list should shorten. Delle Donne, Griner and Tina Charles would be up there but the one player ho stands out for me as the most valuable player to their team is Diggins-Smith.
With eleven games left in the season, there is still plenty of drama to unfold but look for Diggins-Smith to be the smokey for MVP. I for one hope she gets it.