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Dream's Laney named Most Improved Player

Three months after she was waived by the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream forward-guard Betnijah Laney was named the 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player on Thursday.

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Sparks' Parker named Defensive Player of the Year

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker was named the 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday.

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Dream's Laney named Most Improved Player

Three months after she was waived by the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream forward-guard Betnijah Laney was named the 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player on Thursday.

Laney received 25 of 47 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters after averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals -- all career highs -- in 22 starts for the Dream.



Washington Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen finished in second place with 21 votes. Las Vegas Aces forward-guard Angel McCoughtry received the other vote.

Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on June 24, Laney also set career highs by shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.

Her previous personal bests, set in 2019 with the Fever, included 5.6 points, 4.2 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals.

A second-round pick by Chicago in 2015, Laney's career averages are 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 125 games (52 starts) with the Sky (2015-16), Connecticut Sun (2018), Fever and Dream.

Laney is the second Atlanta player to earn Most Improved Player honors, joining 2016 winner Elizabeth Williams.

--Field Level Media

Sparks' Parker named Defensive Player of the Year

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker was named the 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday.

Playing in her 13th season, the two-time league MVP averaged a league-leading 9.7 rebounds per game with 1.23 blocked shots, 1.18 steals and 14.7 points in 22 contests.

It is the first Defensive POY award for Parker, who received 16 votes from a national panel of 47 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Seattle Storm forward Alysha Clark (11 votes) finished second in the voting and Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (10) was third. Also receiving votes were Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner (four), Storm forward Breanna Stewart (three), Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (two) and 2019 winner Natasha Howard of the Storm (one).

Parker helped the Sparks allow the second-fewest points in the paint (31.3 per game). Los Angeles also finished third in the league in defensive rating, allowing 98.8 points per 100 possessions.

Parker, 34, is the third player from the Sparks to win the award, joining two-time winners Alana Beard (2017, 2018) and Lisa Leslie (2004, 2008).

--Field Level Media

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Reports: Hawks to hire ex-players Fields, 32, as assistant GM

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Texas State coach Kaspar resigns amid allegations of racism

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Bulls name Donovan head coach

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Vanessa Bryant sues sheriff's office over crash photos

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