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NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2023 – Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally has been named the 2023 Kia WNBA Most Improved Player, the WNBA announced today.
Sabally received 37 of 60 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Los Angeles Sparks guard Jordin Canada finished in second place with 18 votes, and Chicago Sky forward Alanna Smith was third with three votes. Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier and Washington Mystics guard Brittney Sykes each received one vote.
Sabally, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, averaged career highs of 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals this season, up from 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.5 steals in 2022. She ranked ninth in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 13th in assists and fourth in steals. Sabally improved her three-point shooting from 23.3 percent last season to 36.1 percent in 2023. She also raised her overall field goal percentage to a career-best 43.5 percent.
The 6-4 forward was selected to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the second time overall and for the first time as a starter. She also participated in the Kia WNBA Skills Challenge at AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023 as part of Team Wings alongside Dallas teammate Arike Ogunbowale.
A four-year WNBA veteran, Sabally helped the Wings post their most wins (22) and highest regular season winning percentage (.550) since 2008, when the franchise was known as the Detroit Shock. She also helped guide the Wings to the No. 4 seed in the WNBA Playoffs presented by Google. The Wings will tip off their Semifinals series against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Michelob ULTRA Arena (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Sabally was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from June 5-11 after averaging 19.3 points and a league-best 12.3 rebounds to help lead the Wings to a 2-1 record in that span.
Sabally has played for the German Women’s National Team and was an All-America selection at the University of Oregon. She is the second player in Wings franchise history to win the Kia WNBA Most Improved Player Award, joining Skylar Diggins-Smith (2014, when the team was known as the Tulsa Shock).
In honor of being named the Kia WNBA Most Improved Player, Sabally will receive $5,150 and a trophy designed to commemorate the achievement.
Below are the voting results for the 2023 Kia WNBA Most Improved Player Award and a list of past recipients.