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Sylvia Fowles is off to a career-best year and has been one of the top players in WNBA thus far in the 2017 season.
That has led to Fowles becoming an early-season MVP candidate in her 10th WNBA season.
For those reasons alone, that’s why Fowles deserves your vote for the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game on July 22 in Seattle.
“When you have a 6-6 center who I believe is the best center in the world, this should be the case and this should be where we are talking about how dominant she is,” Lynx coach Cheryl reeve said of Fowles. “She’s carried us through the first few weeks. It’s rewarding when someone really commits to being coachable and applying everything that she is learning. She’s been good on both ends of the floor, she’s dominated both ends.
“Now the next step is, you have everyone’s undivided attention, now how are we going to handle it. There’s another step to go and we’re probably about to face that.”
Through 13 games, Fowles is averaging a career-high 20.7 points (ranks 2nd in WNBA), 10.1 rebounds (2nd in WNBA), 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals (3rd in WNBA) and 1.7 blocks (3rd in WNBA) per game.
She is also shooting a career-best 66 percent from the field, which is the best percentage in the league.
So far this season, Fowles has also earned three Player of the Week honors and one Player of the Month award.
All of that and we are just two months into the season.
Fowles is having a career-best year this season, and she is right there atop the MVP conversation. That’s why she deserves your vote to get into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle.
Voting for the All-Star Game ends at 8 p.m. CT on July 6. To see the early return voting results, which were released on Thursday, click here.
Top Three Games Of 2017
3. June 23 against Washington Mystics
In the 93-76 win over the Mystics, Fowles had a monster double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards are currently a season-high.
Fowles also tallied five blocks, two steals and two assists in 35-plus minutes.
2. May 23 against Connecticut
In the 80-78 win over the Sun, Fowles had maybe one of her most complete games of the season thus far, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds, four rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
In 34 minutes, she shot 8-for-12 from the field and finished 5-of-7 from the line.
1. June 11 against Dallas Wings
In the 91-74 win over the Wings, Fowles reached the 30-point mark for the first time this season. She finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block.
In 28-plus minutes, Fowles shot 14-of-17 from the field and went 2-for-4 from the free throw line.
Check out this photo gallery from Fowles’ season so far: