Candace Parker has reportedly edged Maya Moore for the 2013 WNBA MVP award. - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

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Erika de Souza's All-WNBA caliber season

Atlanta Dream center Erika de Souza wasn't named to the 2013 All-WNBA team, but her All-WNBA caliber season is a major reason why her team was able to return to their third finals in four years.


Lynx lead All-WNBA voting with three selections

The WNBA announced its All-WNBA teams today and the Minnesota Lynx led the way with three selections: guard Seimone Augustus, MVP runner-up Maya Moore, and star point guard Lindsay Whalen.

Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune caught up with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve about the selections and had this to report:

So, when news came down that forward Maya Moore and point guard Lindsay Whalen had been voted to the All-WNBA first team and guard Seimone Augustus to the second team, Reeve smiled.

"These were our first honors of the postseason, right," she asked, perhaps implying that the team with the best record in the WNBA for a third straight season might have been mentioned earlier.

And indeed, that is surprising for a team currently preparing for its third straight Western Conference Finals appearance.

Leading the voting was Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, who has earned the title of de facto title of "best WNBA center" when combining her All-WNBA, Defensive Player of the Year and MVP votes. Joining Fowles, Moore and Whalen on the All-WNBA First Team were 2013 MVP Candace Parker and Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi.

There's a lot more to say about the selections - particularly the selection of only one guard on the second team - but check out our MVP storystream for analysis on the top All-WNBA candidates (and some hints about my specific thoughts on them in the last MVP race breakdown).


Candace Parker announced as 2013 WNBA MVP

As reported by the AP earlier today, versatile Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has been formally announced as the 2013 WNBA MVP.


AP: Parker wins WNBA MVP in closest race since '05

The AP is reporting that Candace Parker will win the 2013 WNBA MVP award in the closest race since 2005.

Parker edged out Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history, the person told the AP. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It's the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

This probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone: Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has been talked up as the favorite all season and, statistically, she really did have an outstanding offensive season.

Yet the issue here is that there were arguably some other players who meant a lot more to their respective teams, such as Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, and Angel McCoughtry to mention a few. And there's an interesting story told by those net plus/minus numbers when it comes to this year's MVP race.

But we've been through this a few times this year so for more on the award race, check out our MVP watch storystream. Share your thoughts in the comments.


WNBA MVP race: How much does plus/minus matter?

People often focus on offensive ability when discussing Most Valuable Player awards, but the 2013 WNBA MVP award might come down to the defensive ability that is reflected in part in a player's plus/minus rating. Click here to see more on some of the league's top candidates for the MVP award.


Candace Parker named the best in the West for July

Candace Parker was honored on Thursday for being the player everybody thought she would be in 2013.


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Now that the 2013 WNBA All-Star starters have been announced, who will make the game as a reserve? We take a look at the statistics


MVP watch: Efficient scorers dominate early play

It's really early to talk about MVP candidates, but with All-Star voting beginning this week it's one way to look at the top candidates for the All-Star game based on early season returns. So in this week's look at award candidates we look at the early candidates for the MVP award, including outstanding numbers from one player in particular.

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