Sep 20, 2016
Throughout the WNBA season, we have been awarding the Disher and the Swisher of the night honors.
As a reminder, the nightly award factors in not only quantity but also quality. Somebody may have scored 30+ points, but if someone else hit a buzzer beater, that may have been the player honored as Swisher of the Night. Same thing for assists; it could be the importance, timing, and quality of the pass(es) that determined the Disher of the night, not just who had the most assists.
The Disher and the Swisher of the year are based on the aggregate of these individual nights’ performances. Not terribly surprising the top honors for the year also reflect the candidates for All-WNBA teams and even Most Valuable Player.
Without further ado, here are your WNBA Disher and Swisher of the year.
Disher of the Year: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
A young Seattle Storm team has brought out the youth in Sue Bird, and the veteran point guard had an amazing season. She led the WNBA in assists per game, and was second in three-point field goal percentage. Her 12.8 points per game is the highest she has averaged over a season since 2011; the last time Bird averaged as many as 5.8 assists per game was 2010. That three-point percentage of 44.4 percent? The highest of Bird’s career, at 35 years of age!
Bird won Disher of the Night honors nine times during the season, three more than second place Jasmine Thomas of Connecticut’s six times.
Final standings, Disher of the Year (number of times nightly honor won)
Swisher of the Year: Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
This was a much closer battle than the Disher of the Year! Much like the All-WNBA first and second team discussions on this week’s Dishin & Swishin podcast (with Mechelle Voepel, LaChina Robinson, and Rebecca Lobo), there a few people that had phenomenal years and were multi-time winners of the Swisher of the Night honor.
Ogwumike’s season was one for the ages. Her 19.7 points per game was third best in the league, her 9.1 rebounds per game also good for third best, but her field goal percentage of 66.5 percent is simply ridiculous. Ogwumike’s percentage is just off the league record of 66.84 percent of Tamika Raymond, but Ogwumike’s shots are not all three feet from the basket.
On an individual game basis, which the Swisher of the Night honors, Ogwumike was just as exceptional. Ogwumike finished the regular season with double figures in 30 games. She had 20 or more points 18 times, and 25 or more seven times. Her season high was 38 points against Atlanta on June 30th, on 13-for-14 shooting, including one three-pointer.
She finished the season Swisher of the Night six times, one ahead of second place finisher Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta with five.
Final standings, Swisher of the Year (number of times nightly honor won)
We hope you enjoyed the Disher and Swisher honors all year, and we appreciate all the support and all the tweets and discussion on social media of your suggestions for the nightly honor!
We look forward to even more discussion next season when we do it all again!