Minnesota Lynx guard Odyssey Sims put a cap on her impressive inaugural season with the Minnesota Lynx in 2019 on Sunday afternoon.
The WNBA announced on Sunday during Game 3 of the WNBA Finals that the Lynx guard was named to the All-WNBA Second Team, receiving three First Team votes while grabbing 11 Second Team votes from a national panel of 43 sportswriters and broadcasters at the conclusion of the regular season.
Sims was the lone Minnesota player represented among the first and second teams, marking the ninth straight year that one or more Lynx players have been named to either of the All-WNBA Teams.
Here is a full list of the All-WNBA First and Second Teams:
The Second Team selection is a well-deserved honor for Sims, who concluded her sixth season in the WNBA in 2019 and first with Minnesota after she was traded by the Los Angeles Sparks to the Lynx in exchange for Alexis Jones prior to the start of the regular season.
While earning her first All-Star Game appearance of her professional career, Sims finished second in voting for the league’s Most Improved Player award, which was won by Phoenix Mercury’s Leilani Mitchell.
The 5-foot-8 guard finished this past summer by leading her new team with 14.5 points per game, which is the third-highest total of her career, and 5.4 assists, which was a career-best mark. While starting in all 34 games after being pushed into a starting guard role from the get-go this season, Sims ranked 14th in the WNBA in scoring, fourth in assists, 12th with 1.4 steals per game, seventh with 31.9 minutes per game and averaged a career-high 3.4 rebounds per contest for Minnesota.
Throughout the year, Sims continuously stepped up for the Lynx when they needed someone to do so, not just on the defensive end of the floor but also on offense, proving to be a nice offensive addition that paired well alongside rookie Napheesa Collier and center Sylvia Fowles.
Sims, who is under contract through the 2021 season, will continue to be a big part within the Minnesota rotation next summer and in the coming years.
The guard certainly took a big step in the right direction in 2019 and her latest All-WNBA honor reflects just that. Her play moving forward will be key for the Lynx as they continue to build their roster in an attempt to get back to a championship-contending squad once again.
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