On September 20, the Associated Press named Imani Boyette to the WNBA All-Rookie Team. When first hearing of this accomplishment, Boyette reported, “It was super awesome. Expectations were really low for me coming into the league. It was nice to pleasantly surprise people.”
With an average of 5.6 rebounds per game, Boyette earned a top 20 spot in the league and No. 2 spot for rookies in the WNBA. She is in the top 20 in the league for both offensive and defensive rebounds per game with 1.7 and 3.9, respectively.
Starting in 16 of the 31 games she appeared in, Boyette averaged 6.7 points and 1.3 blocks during her first season in the WNBA. Boyette currently resides at No. 6 in the league for most blocks with 42 blocks behind her teammate Elena Delle Donne, who has 43 blocks. Boyette recorded two double-doubles on June 10 at Indiana (16 points, 11 rebounds) and on July 10 against Phoenix (12 points, 13 rebounds). Boyette also leads the Sky and is in the top 15 in the WNBA with a 55.4 percent overall shooting average.
Boyette’s advice for future rookies is, “Soak in what the older players are telling you. Don’t have the coaches have to tell you something more than once. Make sure you retain things quickly and be very self-motivated and work hard.”
Official WNBA awards will be announced throughout the postseason.