Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones has been named the 2022 Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, the WNBA announced recently. She has earned the honor as the league’s top reserve for the first time.
Jones received 53 of 56 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Chicago Sky forward/center Azurá Stevens (two) and Washington Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen (one) received the other three votes. To be eligible for the award, a player had to play more games as a reserve than as a starter.
A six-year WNBA veteran, Jones played all 36 of Connecticut’s regular-season games, coming off the bench in 29 games and starting the remaining seven games. Overall, she averaged 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.22 steals in 25.1 minutes per game. Jones ranked 20th in the WNBA in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage (56.9) and second in offensive rebounds (2.6 per game).
Jones recorded seasons highs of 21 points twice, nine rebounds three times, four assists twice and four steals once. On June 5, she finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals as a reserve in a 93-86 win over the Seattle Storm.
Jones was named a WNBA All-Star for the second consecutive season. She helped Connecticut post a 25-11 record and earn the No. 3 seed in the 2022 WNBA Playoffs presented by Google.
This is the second year in a row that Jones has won an annual performance award. Last season, she was selected as the 2021 Kia WNBA Most Improved Player.
Jones is the third player to win the Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Award with the Sun, joining Jonquel Jones (2018) and Renee Montgomery (2012). In honor of being named the WNBA Sixth Player of the Year, Jones will receive $5,150 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.
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