Las Vegas Aces forward Alysha Clark
has been named the 2023 Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, the WNBA
announced today. She has earned the honor as the league’s top
reserve for the first time. To be eligible for the award, a player
had to play more games as a reserve than as a starter.
Clark received 35 of 60 votes from a
national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Guard-forward
DiJonai Carrington of the Connecticut Sun finished second with 13
votes, and guard Dana Evans of the Chicago Sky was third with
nine votes. Center Kalani Brown of the Dallas Wings, guard Marine
Johannès of the New York Liberty and guard Sami Whitcomb of the
Seattle Storm each received one vote.
In her 11th WNBA
season and first with the Aces, Clark played in all 39 of Las
Vegas’ regular-season games, coming off the bench 38 times and
Overall, she averaged 6.7 points, 3.4
rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. Clark also made
38.6 percent of her three-point shots, ranking
17th in the WNBA in that category. She scored in
double figures in 10 games, including a season-high 16 points in a
103-77 win over Seattle on Sept. 2, and recorded five or more
rebounds 11 times.
Clark helped Las Vegas post a 34-6
record and earn the No. 1 seed in the 2023 WNBA Playoffs presented
by Google. The Aces have since advanced to the WNBA Semifinals and
will host the winner of the series between Dallas and the Atlanta
Dream beginning on Sunday, Sept. 24 (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
The Aces finished with the most
victories and the fifth-best winning percentage (.850) in a regular
season in league history. Las Vegas also posted the highest
offensive rating (113.0) and the most 100-point games (11) ever by
a WNBA team.
Clark, a two-time WNBA All-Defensive
Team selection, is the third player to win the Kia WNBA Sixth
Player of the Year Award as a member of the Aces, joining Kelsey
Plum (2021) and Dearica Hamby (2020 and 2019). In honor of her
accomplishment, Clark will receive $5,150 and a trophy designed to
commemorate the achievement.
Below are the voting results for the
2023 Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Award and the list of
recipients since the award’s inception in 2007.