Last season Nneka Ogwumike led the Los Angeles Sparks to a 26-8 record and their third championship in franchise history. The first overall pick in the 2012 Draft, Ogwumike averaged a career-high 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while leading the league in field goal percentage (66.5%). Those impressive statistics made Oguimike a logical MVP selection and provided a solid payout for anybody who took her at 35/1 before the season.
Although historical odds aren’t available, the table below displays all twenty award winners since the league’s inception in 1997.
|1997||Cynthia Cooper||Houston Comets|
|1998||Cynthia Cooper||Houston Comets|
|1999||Yolanda Griffith||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2000||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|2001||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2002||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|2003||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|2004||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2005||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|2006||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2007||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|2008||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2009||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|2010||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|2011||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun|
|2013||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2014||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky|
|2016||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
The season tips off this Saturday and Paddy Power was the first sportsbook to post odds on the 2017 WNBA MVP. Ogwiumike opened +320 to repeat, while Minnesota’s Maya Moore (+260) is listed as the preseason favorite. Elena Della Donne, who won the award in 2015, opened with the fourth-best odds at +700.
The table below displays the latest WNBA MVP odds at Paddy Power.
|Elena Della Donne||WSM||+700|
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