Coming off a 2016 season that saw her become just the 3rd player in WNBA history to lead the league in both scoring and rebounding, it was difficult to believe Tina Charles could reach even greater heights. But so far in 2017, she has done just that, earning a 5th-career All-Star nod and leading the Liberty every single night.
As New York enters the home stretch of the 2017 season, Charles finds herself in the thick of the WNBA race for Most Valuable Player yet again. She finished as the runner-up in last year’s voting, as Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike picked up the hardware after posting the most efficient shooting season in the history in the league.
Charles continues to be a force through sheer will and determination, moving up to 2nd in the league in scoring and rebounding averaging 20.7 ppg and 10.2 rpg. As the Liberty has dealt with injuries and searching for the right lineup combinations, Charles churns out a near double-double every night, and is putting up some of the best rebounding numbers of her career, which says a lot for a player that has averaged 10.2 rpg for her career, the best rate of all time.
Charles has posted 10 double-doubles and is playing at a particularly high level as of late, with three double-doubles over her last 5 games, which also saw her become the 1st player in league history with three games of 15-plus rebounds in the same calendar month.
Those are but a handful of the accomplishments she has already touted this year, and it’s not even August. Consider:
- Charles has posted 13 games with at least 20 points
- She scored a new career-high of 36 points in a win over the Dallas Wings on June 2
- Charles became the Liberty’s all-time leading rebounder in the same game she set a franchise record for rebounds in a game (19)
- She has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times, setting an all-time record earlier this season and increasing her current tally to 24
No player has been more valuable to the success of their team than Tina Charles as she continues to improve during the prime of her career. As New York looks to earn its 3rd-straight berth in the WNBA Playoffs, Charles will be leading for New York on and off the court every night.