It has been announced by WNBA that New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu has been voted to the 2022 All-WNBA Second Team. She became the eighth player in Liberty franchise history who earn a Second Team selection.
On Thursday night, the release of the 2022 All-WNBA Teams highlighted some seafoam rendition, as franchise face Sabrina Ionescu was among the ten nominated.
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Ionescu have recently left the third professional season and was named to the Second Team group along with Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota, Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike, and the WNBA Finals-competing partners of Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas, each standing for the Connecticut Sun. She becomes the first Liberty nominee to any All-WNBA Team following Tina Charles in 2017.
“I’m honored to be named to the All-WNBA Second Team alongside some of the league’s very best,” Ionescu stated from the team. “Coming into this year healthy was a difference-maker, and I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface as to what we can accomplish together. As exciting as this award is, I’m even more excited for the future of the New York Liberty organization.”
Possibly, the 2022 season was the official introduction of the Association to Ionescu’s full capability following her initial two seasons were spoiled by injuries.
This season as one of two New Yorkers to appear in all 36 Liberty games, Ionescu led the team in scoring (17.4 per game), assists (6.3), and defensive rebounds (6.1), which were good for eighth, second, and fifth in the league correspondingly.
Moreover, Ionescu set in the history of WNBA with two triple-doubles this season, joining Chicago’s Candace Parker as both the only players to earn multiple triple-doubles in the similar constant season and the only to pull off the feat thrice in their careers.
Earlier accolades for Ionescu’s season consisted of her first WNBA All-Star Game nomination (where she earned a victory in the Skills Challenge), two Eastern Conference Player of the Month Awards, and a First Team nod from the Associated Press. Presently, Ionescu is competing in the American training effort for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, which apprise in Sydney on 22nd September.
“I think she’s more vocal for sure. She’s taking ownership of that on the court,” said Liberty veteran Sami Whitcomb about Ionescu later in the season. “She’s been trying to lead by example…I definitely think she’s stepping into a (leader’s) role.”
“I think Sabrina is still a young player, still a second year…she’s still learning, but I think she realized she is a pretty good player,” Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello said of Ionescu, who missed all but three games of her rookie campaign. “She’s shown the potential she has. She’s put a lot on her back and she’s up for the challenge … her poise to handle whatever she’s thrown, I’m happy and impressed with that.”