Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty was named the league’s most valuable player for 2023 on Tuesday, besting Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun for second place and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces for third place.
The three candidates for the award, Breanna Stewart, Alyssa Thomas, and A’ja Wilson, all had historic seasons and strong cases to win. In her debut season with the squad, Stewart helped the Liberty establish themselves as title rivals. Wilson had another fantastic season with the Aces, while Thomas has been at the heart of the Sun’s status as a rival.
As anticipated, different fans had different perspectives on how the vote turned out. Let’s move on to the supporters who cheered Stewart’s winning of her first MVP award with the Liberty and second overall.
There were undoubtedly many who felt Thomas or Wilson should have won who were disappointed with the outcome. Let’s look at a few of those responses as well.
Tonight’s Game 2 of the semifinal series between Stewart and the Liberty and Thomas’ Sun will be intriguing to see whether Thomas has an advantage despite not earning the MVP. She could use that as motivation to put a chip on her shoulder and take a 2-0 series lead.
To avoid starting Game 3 on the road down 2-0 and facing elimination, the Liberty are in critical need of a victory in Game 2. Overall, the Liberty must recover and play a more disciplined game. The WNBA championship is something they are expected to win.