“I take it upon myself to lock down on defense every game, every time I step on the floor.”
Brittney Sykes stuck to her word during the 2020 WNBA season as she was one of five to take home WNBA Second-Team All-Defensive honors. Teammate Candace Parker also won defensive honors with Defensive Player of the Year. Sykes started in 14 of her 21 games played this season where she averaged 10.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Her 1.5 steals per game put her in the top 15 league leaders for the 2020 season.
“I set a goal for myself this season: make a defensive team or win Defensive Player of the Year and I did just that.”
During the 2020 WNBA season, Sykes was able to hit multiple personal milestones. This season Sykes hit 1300 career points and 400 career rebounds in just four seasons in the league. Sykes also put up a career high 31 steals this season which tied her for 15th in steals in the second least amount of minutes played on the season.
Sykes, nicknamed “Sazon” by Sydney Wiese, definitely brought the spice this season with an array of blocks and steals. The most notable block came during the first game of 2020 season against Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury. The block by the 5-foot-9 guard on the 6-foot-9 center left the whole Sparks team immobilized. The impressive block made SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
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The Sparks guard battled multiple injuries but still managed to finish the season with season highs of 23 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, and 11 field goals made. Sykes is continuing her impressive play this season overseas with OGM Ormanspor in Turkey where she is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Keep up with the Sparks Overseas here.