Jul 23, 2016
We head into the Olympic break with the Los Angeles Sparks holding the best record of any team in the league, at 21-3, one half game better than the Minnesota Lynx.
While Sylvia Fowles was a legitimate contender for the final night's Swisher of the Night honors with her 8-of-10 shooting, 20 point performance, it only seems fitting to give the final night honors to the best offensive player in the league through that pre-Olympic portion.
Nneka Ogwumike may be third in the league in scoring behind Tina Charles (New York) and Elena Delle Donne (Chicago), but Ogwumike and her 19.6 points, come with a 71 percent field goal percentage.
Think about that for one second; Ogwumike scores less than two points per game below the duo, but Charles and Delle Donne shoot 26 percentage points lower. That means Ogwumike has taken 252 shots this season, while Charles has 477 attempts, and Delle Donne has 367 attempts.
Last night was a typical Ogwumike performance, hitting 6-of-7 from the field, and then draining 11-of-12 foul shots. You cannot stop her in the paint, so you foul her. Didn't work for Washington last night as the Sparks won 95-75.
We have been watching a season for the ages by Los Angeles as a team, and Ogwumike as a player (not to ignored Candace Parker being second in the league in assists at 6'4!).
Congratulations for being our Swisher of the Night, Nneka Ogwumike, for the night of July 22nd.