Brittney Griner May 21, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) reacts after scoring against the Chicago Sky in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Brittney Griner made headlines on Tuesday afternoon. The WNBA and the Associated Press announced the end-of-year awards for the league. Griner was not absent from the list of honorees, as the standout former WNBA champion won the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The Phoenix Mercury star earned Comeback Player of the Year honors but split the award with Minnesota Lynx star Napheesa Collier. The former UConn star excelled after an abbreviated 2022 season. She scored over 21 points per game this season, which was good enough to go 50/50 with Griner.

Griner, a former standout at Baylor, gained worldwide attention after Russian police detained her. She was found guilty of drug possession charges that led to a major political fight between the United States and Russia. The United States eventually was able to get her back in America in an unprecedented prisoner swap with convicted criminal Viktor Bout.

In her comeback season, she averaged 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Obviously, it’s a thrill for Griner to even be participating in basketball again after what happened. So to hear this news is probably extremely rewarding. The former Baylor standout has been through a lot over the years. But this year she was able to return to playing ball and after excelling, earned another honor to her increasingly large number of accolades.

The world had plenty to say after the WNBA named Griner the Comeback Player of the Year.

[Mitchell Hansen]

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