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2023 WNBA Awards: Peak performances from Jewell Loyd, Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Vandersloot

The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas and New York Liberty’s Courtney Vandersloot are the winners of the 2023 WNBA Peak Performer Awards.

Los Angeles Sparks v Seattle Storm
Jewell Loyd led the WNBA in scoring for the 2023 season with 24.7 points per game.
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Congratulations to the winners of the WNBA’s 2023 Peak Performer Awards:

  • Scoring leader: Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm — 24.7 points per game
  • Rebounding leader: Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun — 9.9 rebounds per game
  • Assist leader: Courtney Vandersloot, New York Liberty — 8.1 assists per game

Jewell’s a bucket-getting gem

Connecticut Sun v Seattle Storm
Jewell Loyd.
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While her league-leading 24.7 points per game earned her a Peak Performer Award, the first-time honor does not fully capture the prolificness of Jewell Loyd. With 939 total points, Loyd scored the most points in a single season in WNBA history. She also threatened the WNBA’s all-time single-season points per game mark. Matching the WNBA record with 12 games of 30 or more points helped Loyd meet and approach these all-time accomplishments.

As our Chelsea Leite argued, Loyd deserved more consideration in the 2023 MVP conversation for her outstanding efforts. And, she certainly deserved the two-year supermax contract extension she signed last week.

AT is the W’s boardwoman

Connecticut Sun v Phoenix Mercury
Alyssa Thomas.
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By grabbing a career-high 9.9 rebounds per game, Alyssa Thomas attained her first Peak Performer Award. Her nearly 10 boards per game explains why Thomas was a double-double machine, with a single-season record of 28 double-doubles in 2023. She also owns the WNBA’s triple-double crown, totaling six this season. Her single-season record of 316 total assists helped make her the greatest triple-double threat in W history.

Thomas is a tornadic transition force, snagging a board before leading the break and finding a teammate for an easy score. It’s why she’s at the center of the 2023 MVP race.

A lucky seventh assists title for Sloot

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Courtney Vandersloot.
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Although she joined a new team, 2023 gave us the same Courtney Vandersloot. With 8.1 assists per game, Vandersloot claimed a record seventh Peak Performer Award. That means she’s led the WNBA in assists per game in more than half her 13 WNBA seasons!

Not surprisingly, Sloot is the near-perfect point guard. In her first season in New York, she was the conductor who made the Liberty’s über-efficient orchestral offense sing, consistently setting up her talented teammates to hit the right notes. In 14 games, she registered at least 10 assists, all but one were Liberty wins.