Storm big Howard voted top defender, leads All-Defensive 1st team
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A panel of 43 media members voted Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard the 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday.

Here's a breakdown of the voting:

POS PLAYER Team VOTES
F Natasha Howard Storm 33
F Nneka Ogwumike Sparks 3
C Jonquel Jones Sun 2
C Sylvia Fowles Lynx 2
F Alysha Clark Storm 1
C Brittney Griner Mercury 1
C Elizabeth Williams Dream 1

In addition to averaging a team-high 18.1 points, the 28-year-old Howard cemented herself as one of the best defensive presences in the league. While playing 31.4 minutes per game, Howard tallied averages of 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks. The all-around effort led to the first All-Star Game appearance of her career.

Overall, the Storm finished the season with the No. 4-ranked defensive rating, conceding 96.4 points per 100 possessions. That rate improved to 92.3 points allowed per 100 possessions with Howard patrolling the paint.

Howard also led all players in All-Defensive Team voting, as determined by head coaches. Each first-team vote was worth five points and each second-team vote was worth three points.

Here's how the All-Defensive teams broke down:

All-Defensive First Team:

POS PLAYER TEAM 1ST 2ND PTS
F Natasha Howard Storm 11 0 55
C Jonquel Jones Sun 6 4 42
F Nneka Ogwumike Sparks 6 2 36
G Jasmine Thomas Sun 6 2 36
G Jordin Canada Storm 5 3 34

All-Defensive Second Team:

POS PLAYER TEAM 1ST 2ND PTS
C Brittney Griner Mercury 5 3 34
G Ariel Atkins Mystics 3 4 27
F Alysha Clark Storm 1 7 26
F Alyssa Thomas Sun 2 5 25
G Natasha Cloud Mystics 5 0 25
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