Three months after she was waived by the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream forward-guard Betnijah Laney was named the 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player on Thursday.
Laney received 25 of 47 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters after averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals -- all career highs -- in 22 starts for the Dream.
Washington Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen finished in second place with 21 votes. Las Vegas Aces forward-guard Angel McCoughtry received the other vote.
Signed by Atlanta as a free agent on June 24, Laney also set career highs by shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.
Her previous personal bests, set in 2019 with the Fever, included 5.6 points, 4.2 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals.
A second-round pick by Chicago in 2015, Laney's career averages are 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 125 games (52 starts) with the Sky (2015-16), Connecticut Sun (2018), Fever and Dream.
Laney is the second Atlanta player to earn Most Improved Player honors, joining 2016 winner Elizabeth Williams.
--Field Level Media