Rookie A’ja Wilson has had a hell of rookie season with the regular season drawing to a close on August 19. The lone rookie selected to the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game is averaging 20.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in her first professional season with the Las Vegas Aces.
Since relocating to Las Vegas from San Antonio and re-branding the team as the Aces instead of the Stars, the Aces have doubled their win totals from their past three seasons of last-place finishes. Wilson credits her talent and her head coach, Bill Laimbeer, for her immediate success and contributions on the court in her first season.
“I am blessed to have him as my coach, Wilson said. “I really am.”
She also said Laimbeer understands the dynamics of being a center at the professional level: “I know Coach Laimbeer has my back. He may come in and expect a lot from me on a given day, but he also understands that I am still new to this.”
After an 0-4 start to their first season at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Aces are within one game of the final playoff spot behind the Dallas Wings, and if Dallas loses today and Las Vegas loses tomorrow, the Aces just might clinch it.
The Aces are coming off a home victory over the Indiana Fever where Wilson scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to keep their playoff hope alive another day.
It has been a tight playoff race so far and it will be incredible to see if Wilson can lead the Aces into postseason play! No matter how the team finishes, Wilson is the undeniable selection for the coveted Rookie of the Year honor this season.