(East Los Angeles, CA) April 21, 2021 (From The Editor’s Desk): Back on March 5th, the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks announced that their anchoring, and franchise player, 2016 MVP and WNBA Champion, Nnemkadi “Nneka” Ogwumike signed a new two-year contract with the team.
Known for her All-Star calibre of strong play and tremendous leadership of the WNBA’s Players Association, Ogwumike held a “Virtual” Zoom Media availability on Wednesday, 3/3/21. In addition, the team’s Director of Public Relations & Communications, Eli Horowitz, scheduled Nneka’s “Live” Twitter Press conference on the previous day.
Speaking about Nneka’s career statistics, she’s averaged (16.2) points, (7.6) rebounds, (1.9) assists, and (1.5) steals per game, while shooting (55.2%) from the field, (36.4%) on 3-pointers and (83.6%) from the line. In (9) seasons, Ogwumike has appeared and started in (267) regular season games and (35) playoff games. The Sparks have made the postseason every year she has been with the organization.
“Los Angeles has been my professional home for the last decade and I’m excited to continue my journey as a member of the L.A. Sparks,” Ogwumike said. “I want to thank our ownership group, our entire front office staff, and our coaches for their commitment and dedication to growing our league. I’m proud to be a part of an organization with championship history and expectations and I’m motivated to continue building the Sparks legacy as we head into our 25th anniversary season. I’m determined and focused on competing at the highest level with my teammates.”
Known as one of the most efficient and resilient players in professional basketball, the six-time All-Star is second in WNBA history in career True Shooting Percentage (TSP) at (61.6%). In 2016, Ogwumike recorded the highest single-season TSP (73.7%) in WNBA and NBA history.
“Nneka Ogwumike is an exemplary person, athlete, and teammate,” General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “We are grateful to return one of the league’s generational talents and leaders. Not only has Nneka won an MVP and championship on the court, but she is an MVP off the court for her pivotal work in the social justice movement and as Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) President.”
As WNBPA President, Ogwumike was instrumental in negotiating the 2020 WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. She also played a key role in the strategic planning of the 2020 WNBA season at the IMG Academy in Florida. Her leadership on and off-the- court earned her back-to-back WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Awards in 2019 and 2020. She was recently named one of the 2020 L.A. Sports Council Sportspersons of the Year, along with the Lakers LeBron James and the Dodgers, Mookie Betts.
The Sparks selected Ogwumike No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft out of Stanford University. Ogwumike’s accolades over her nine-year storied career include: Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team (2012), MVP (2016), First Team All-WNBA (2016), Second Team All-WNBA (2014, 2017, 2019), six All-Star appearances (2013-2015, 2017-2019), four WNBA All-Defensive First Teams honors (2015-2017, 2019), and a WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honor (2018).
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 92016), have qualified for the playoffs in (20) of their (24) seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win “back-to-back” titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at the Staples Center has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court.