Lynx forward Napheesa Collier named 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year

Updated: September 16, 2019 01:40 PM

Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier has been selected as the Women's National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year.

The WNBA made the announcement Monday, stating that Collier was selected by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.


"We are so proud that Napheesa was named the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year," Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve said in a statement. "She recorded one of the best rookie seasons ever, boasting an incredibly efficient stat line every time she played. She was not only one of the most efficient scorers in the league, her defensive performance ranked near the top of the entire league and was one of the best seasons ever for a rookie."

Collier is the fourth Lynx player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, after Maya Moore in 2011, Seimone Augustus in 2006 and Betty Lennox in 2000, according to the WNBA.

"It's such an honor to be named this year's Rookie of the Year," Collier said in a statement. "So many great players have won this award in the past and I'm excited to join that list. I've been lucky to be put in such a great situation here in Minnesota and I can't wait to see what the future holds."

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