“How she’s playing in the league, she’s just going, and scoring, it says a lot about her and where she’s at in basketball.” -Brittney Griner
LAS VEGAS (June 18, 2018) — The Las Vegas Aces came up short on Sunday night at home against the visiting Phoenix Mercury losing 92-80.
Despite the Aces’ loss at home, there was a lot of positives that came out of this game. A’ja Wilson finished with 21-points, 10 rebounds, in 32 minutes of play, and notched another career double-double on the season.
So, how does A’ja Wilson compare to the rest of the Power Forwards in the WNBA, and her counterpart Brittney Griner? Who gave Wilson high praise after the game.
Griner finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots on the night in 36 minutes.
I compared A’ja Wilson’s usage, offensive/defensive ratings, and FG efficiency rating to Brittney Griner’s after the contest. These two players mirror each other on both sides of the ball in player ratings. In case…you don’t understand how these percentages and ratings work, I included simple definitions below.
Effective Field Goal Percentage
Measures field goal percentage adjusting for made 3-point field goals being 1.5 times more valuable than made 2-point field goals.
Measures a team’s points scored per 100 possessions. On a player level this statistic is team points scored per 100 possessions while she is on the court.
The number of points allowed per 100 possessions by a team. For a player, it is the number of points per 100 possessions that the team allows while that individual player is on the court.
A’ja Wilson’s Rating
OFFENSIVE RATING: 95.6
DEFENSIVE RATING: 130.3
Brittney Griner’s Rating
OFFENSIVE RATING: 113.2
DEFENSIVE RATING: 96.1
A’ja Wilson compared to rest of the WNBA:
• A’ja Wilson is 3rd in total points with (246).
• A’ja Wilson is tied 3rd with Chelsea Gray of the Los Angeles Sparks averaging (21 PPG).
• A’ja Wilson is tied 2nd with Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike (LAS) averaging (11 RPG).
• And just for you fantasy basketball players, she is the 5th best player among qualified players averaging 40.2 total fantasy points per game.
LISTEN to the full interviews below with Brittney Griner and A’ja Wilson’s reaction.
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