The Sparks and Lynx may have stole the early-season headlines, but reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne has been heating up with the weather, as the windy, brutal Chicago winter has given way to the blistering heat off Lake Michigan.
She’s been on an absolute tear since the calendar hit July, averaging 23.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to go along with a sizzling 50.7 FG% and 45.2 3PT%, all monthly highs for her this season. In fact, her torrid stretch now has her leading the league in scoring with 21.3 points per game for the year.
There’s been no doubt that Dellle Donne’s stellar play has led to the resurgence of the Chicago Sky, who are currently 11-12 and sit just half a game behind the Atlanta Dream for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Sky are on the rise, winning five of eight games in July behind EDD’s MVP-like performances. Additionally, they have won three straight contests heading into Friday’s matchup with the Connecticut Sun, their last game before the Olympic break.
Let’s take a look back at some of Delle Donne’s best plays in July to visually appreciate her greatness.
Delle Donne’s versatility was on display as she charges coast-to-coast for the reverse layup off the steal to tie the game at 84 against the Mystics. Chicago would go on to win this game 86-84 to start their July off in the right column in the standings:
With the historic Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx, coupled with the sensational play of rookie Breanna Stewart and stellar start to the season by Tina Charles, Delle Donne was a forgotten woman of sorts around the league. The superstar has returned to form after a sluggish beginning, however, and has been turning heads lately. If she can keep it going after the Olympic break, the Chicago Sky can easily find themselves in the playoffs this season.