Fans called her "Coooooop," and she's still a benchmark player. Only Houston's Cynthia Cooper has won back-to-backWNBA MVP honors; she did it in the league's first two seasons, 1997 and 1998.
Los Angeles forward Nneka Ogwumike will be the latest to try to repeat. Ogwumike is coming into this WNBA campaign from a strong showing overseas in Russia with Dynamo Kursk, and she will be just 27 this July.
"She can keep developing her game," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "If there's one thing I know about Nneka, it's that she's going to work at it. She's got tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. She's a really driven type of player and person. She puts in the extra effort and takes care of herself."
Here's a look at Ogwumike and four other strong preseason MVP candidates for 2017:
Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles
Can Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike repeat as WNBA MVP?