ESPN: Dangerfield Leads Rookie Of The Year Race

The 2020 WNBA season in Bradenton, Fla. is just about at the halfway mark, with every team having played at least 10 games of the pandemic-shortened 22-game season. Naturally, the discussion has begun surrounding the league’s year-end awards.

Taken in the second round of the 2020 WNBA draft from UConn, Minnesota Lynx rookie point guard Crystal Dangerfield has emerged as a frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, according to ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel:

“She would be the lowest draft pick — by a lot — to earn the honor. Dangerfield was the fourth pick in the second round, at No. 16 overall, in April. Tracy Reid, the inaugural winner of the rookie honor in 1998, was the No. 7 pick, and no one taken lower than that has ever won the award.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Dangerfield drop so low in the draft. But she was happy going to the Lynx, where she has been reunited with former UConn teammate Napheesa Collier, last year’s Rookie of the Year.”

Dangerfield is averaging 13.6 points and 3.2 assists per game through the Lynx’s first 10 contests of the season. Minnesota returns to action on Wednesday versus the Dallas Wings.