Aces’ A’ja Wilson wins AP’s WNBA Rookie of the Year award

Aces center A’ja Wilson was the unanimous choice to win the Associated Press WNBA Rookie of the Year award, the AP announced Tuesday.

Wilson averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to help the Aces to 14 wins this season. The award was chosen by the 14-member media panel that votes for AP’s weekly poll.

She was joined on the all-rookie team by Chicago’s Diamond DeShields, Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell, Dallas’ Azura Stevens, New York’s Kia Nurse and Washington’s Ariel Atkins.

Seattle’s Breanna Stewart earned the Player of the Year honors. She averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and shot 52.9 percent from the field this season to help the Storm earn a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs. She received 12 of the 14 votes with Liz Cambage earning the other two.

Atlanta’s Nicki Collen was chosen as the AP’s coach of the year, receiving 13 of the 14 votes. In her first season as a head coach, she guided the Dream to a second place finish in the standings despite Atlanta facing a lot of injuries during the year. The team finished the season with seven wins in its final eight games.