Deanna Nolan deserves the ESPY for “Best WNBA Player.”

July 9, 2009

deanna nolan

New York rapper, Jay-Z, and Detroit Shock guard, Deanna Nolan, both have opposite opinions of why they think they should win an ESPY, ESPN’s yearly award for individual and team athletic achievement and other sports related performances.

According to Jay-Z, the “American Gangster” stated on his last album that he “sports fly s***, I should win a ESPY.” While Nolan on the other hand should win one because…she’s just that good!

Nominated for the “Best WNBA Player” award, Nolan could become the first native of Flint to accomplish such a national feat. Although it would be an amazing honor, Nolan is facing stiff competition with Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), and Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut Sun).

To her credit though, she is fresh off a WNBA championship and at the apogee of her career while she averaged 15.8 points per game last season (…13.7 in the first 9 games of this season). She has also been:

  • WNBA Champion: 2003, 2006, 2008
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2006
  • WNBA All-Star: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • All-WNBA First Team: 2005, 2007
  • All-WNBA Second Team: 2003, 2008
  • WNBA All-Defense First Team: 2007
  • Pretty impressive for someone who didnt start a single game in her rookie season for the Shock. Although the success has been accumulating rapidly for Nolan, this has never been unusual territory for the Flint Northern High School graduate.

    In high school, she led her team to two MHSAA state championships in 1994 and 1995 and was named Michigan’s Miss Basketball in 1995. She also graduated in 1996 before starring at the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship.

    On the collegiate level, Nolan was on a tear as she was named to the Second Team All-SEC by both coaches and media for the 2000-01 season and was named to the All-SEC Tournament team. She impressed Vanderbilt’s Head Coach, Jim Foster so profoundly that he dubbed her as “the Michael Jordan of women’s basketball.” On April 20, 2001 she decided to take her game to the next level and entered the WNBA draft. She was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Detroit Shock and the rest you can say is history.

    Off the court, she has also been a huge asset to the community as she earned the WNBA Community Assist Award in 2007.

    No disrespect to Jay-Z and his legendary on the microphone, but swag wont outweigh skill on this occassion so I will have to give the edge to Nolan and her simple case for the ESPY. Not saying that the tall, light-skinned, slender guard rocking the headband and number 14 for the Shock doesnt have swag, but Jay-Z is just Jay-Z…enough said!

    Voting ends July 11 and the ESPYs air Sun., July 19 but I think they should just give the ESPY to Deanna “Tweety” Nolan right now because she already earned it.

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