WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
During the first four years of the league's existence, the Houston Comets reigned. With each Comets championship, Cynthia Cooper was named Finals MVP. As the team's leading scorer, Cooper, along with Tina Thompson and Sheryl Swoopes, led Houston to four consecutive WNBA championships.
As of the 2017 finals only one non-American player, Lauren Jackson of Australia, has won a WNBA Finals MVP.
From 2003 to the present, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles are the only players to win multiple Finals MVP awards. This is mainly because no team has won back-to-back championships. While some teams have won multiple championship since the dynasty years of the Comets and the Sparks, the match-up usually resulted in different MVPs. An example of this is the Detroit Shock. Despite winning three titles within a six-year span, three different players – Ruth Riley, Deanna Nolan, and Katie Smith – won the Finals MVP award.
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