Sun the favorite, but votes mixed on MVP

Updated: August 17, 2006, 9:49 AM ET

As we close the book on the regular season and prepare for the playoffs, ESPN.com's experts took some time to reflect on which players deserved the annual WNBA awards -- and which teams would still be standing when the WNBA Finals arrive next month.

EXPERTS' PICKS AND PREDICTIONS
  Graham Hays
GRAHAM HAYS
ESPN.com staff
Nancy Lieberman
NANCY LIEBERMAN
ESPN analyst
Nancy Lieberman
MECHELLE VOEPEL
ESPN.com columnist
EASTERN
CONFERENCE
FINALS
MATCHUP

Connecticut

Detroit

Connecticut

Indiana

Connecticut

Indiana
WESTERN
CONFERENCE
FINALS
MATCHUP

Los Angeles

Sacramento

Los Angeles

Sacramento

Los Angeles

Sacramento
WNBA FINALS
MATCHUP

Connecticut

Los Angeles

Connecticut

Los Angeles

Connecticut

Los Angeles
2006 WNBA
CHAMP

Connecticut

Connecticut

Connecticut
MOST
VALUABLE
PLAYER

Lisa Leslie
Sparks

Katie Douglas
Sun

Lisa Leslie
Sparks
ROOKIE
OF THE
YEAR

Cappie Pondexter
Mercury

Cappie Pondexter
Mercury

Cappie Pondexter
Mercury
COACH
OF THE
YEAR

Mike Thibault
Sun

Mike Thibault
Sun

Joe Bryant
Sparks
DEFENSIVE
PLAYER OF
THE YEAR

Tamika Catchings
Fever

Tamika Catchings
Fever

Tamika Catchings
Fever
MOST
IMPROVED
PLAYER

Erin Buescher
Monarchs

Erin Buescher
Monarchs

Tamika Whitmore
Fever
ALL-LEAGUE
FIRST TEAM

Tamika Catchings
Fever

Katie Douglas
Sun

Lauren Jackson
Storm

Lisa Leslie
Sparks

Diana Taurasi
Mercury

Tamika Catchings
Fever

Katie Douglas
Sun

Lauren Jackson
Storm

Lisa Leslie
Sparks

Diana Taurasi
Mercury

Tamika Catchings
Fever

Katie Douglas
Sun

Lauren Jackson
Storm

Lisa Leslie
Sparks

Diana Taurasi
Mercury
ALL-LEAGUE
SECOND TEAM

Seimone Augustus
Lynx

Alana Beard
Mystics

Cheryl Ford
Shock

Cappie Pondexter
Mercury

Taj McWilliams-
Franklin

Sun

Seimone Augustus
Lynx

Alana Beard
Mystics

Cheryl Ford
Shock

Cappie Pondexter
Mercury

Tina Thompson
Comets

Alana Beard
Mystics

Cheryl Ford
Shock

Sheryl Swoopes
Comets

Tina Thompson
Comets

Taj McWilliams-
Franklin

Sun

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