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Brittney Griner wins Defensive Player of the Year

Brittney Griner is a monster offensively, but it's the defense where her true contributions are shown. For her work, the WNBA has honored her once again...

Chris Poss

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has won the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Griner, the 6'9" center from Baylor, has proven to be a dominant force in her three seasons in the WNBA. After averaging 3.7 blocks per game last year, she became the first player in WNBA history to average four blocks a game; with a total of 105 blocks.

The number is less than her total of 129 last year, but remember: Griner only played in 26 games this season. She was suspended for the first seven games of the year due to a domestic dispute.

Although Griner ONLY had 105 blocks, she still had 36 more than any other player in the WNBA this season. With the win, she became the fifth player to win the coveted award twice, following in the footsteps of New York Liberty great Teresa Witherspoon and current Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles.

The only players to win the award more than twice are former Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes (three times) and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (five times).