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WNBA Rookie of the Year 2023 Rankings

Ranking the best WNBA Rookies so far in the 2023 WNBA Season as Aliyah Boston leads the way


By admin | May 1, 2023

WNBA Rookie Rankings 2023

The first regular season of the 2023 WNBA Draft class has come to an end as the 2023 WNBA season has wrapped up. As the WNBA playoffs get set to take off the time to look at the top WNBA rookies landing on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings list is here. One of those top young stars of the WNBA taking home the top overall spot is the former South Carolina Gamecocks star Aliyah Boston. She was selected first overall during the draft put together an amazing rookie season while possible taking home multiple accolades including the 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Boston who was a key part of the Gamecocks Championship run during the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, was selected by the Indiana Fever during the most recent draft. Boston didn’t disappoint finishing her first season in the WNBA leading all rookies while averaging 14.5 points per game. Joining the Fever rookie among the best WNBA rookies list includes Diamond Miller of the Minnesota Lynx, Jordan Horston of the Seattle Storm, Li Meng of the Washington Mystics, and Dorka Juhasz of the Lynx. 

Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings list:

Honorable Mention

Leigha Brown

Team: Connecticut Sun

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Just missing the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings list is the Connecticut Sun guard Leigha Brown. Brown is the 15th overall pick by the Atlanta Dream and later traded in mid-May to the Connecticut Sun.

While Brown was limited over the course of the 2023 WNBA Season so were many of the WNBA Draft class who played sparingly outside of the top 5-8 WNBA Players.

Nonetheless Brown appeared in 25 games with the Sun during the season while averaging just .8 points to go along with .8 rebounds in just 5.2 minutes per game. In her last game of the season, Brown showed potential scoring four points while adding six rebounds and four assists over 26 minutes

Top 10 WNBA Rookies 

10. Laeticia Amihere

Team: Atlanta Dream

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings is the Atlanta Dream forward Laeticia Amihere. After making national headlines as a high school women’s basketball player who could dunk from Canada, Amihere was a member on the South Carolina Gamecocks Championship team.

After being selected 8th overall, Amihere appeared in 20 games for the Atlanta Dream during the 2023 WNBA Season. Over those 20 games, the former Gamecocks forward averaged 2.8 points per game to go along with one rebound while averaging just 7.4 minutes per game.

9. Maddy Siegrist

Team: Dallas Wings

Previous Ranking: 10

After setting the record for most points scored within the Big East All-Time last season, the former Villanova Wildcats star landed with the Dallas Wings during the 2023 WNBA Draft.

Despite her potential to score and be a dominant contributor, Maddy Siegrist was limited to just 8.2 minutes per game over her rookie season while appearing in 39 of the team’s 40 total games.

However, despite seeing limited minutes the former Wildcats leading scorer took advantage of her opportunities shooting 50.9 percent from the field as well as 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line while finishing the season averaging 3.7 points per game.

8. Zia Cooke

Team: Los Angeles Sparks

Previous Ranked: Honorable Mention

The former South Carolina Gamecocks star landed on with the Los Angeles Sparks during the 2023 WNBA Draft. Like many of the top women’s basketball players among the incoming draft class, playing time was limited for Zia Cooke who averaged just 14.1 minutes per game over 39 games played during the regular season.

In those 39 games Cooke averaged 4.8 points per game while also adding just below one rebound (.9) and one assists (.8) per game. In her final game of the season Cooke showcased her potential leading the Sparks to a 91-89 win while finishing the game with 14 points, two rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot.

7. Grace Berger

Team: Indiana Fever

Previous Ranking: Unranked

After putting together, a strong career with the Indiana Hoosiers, Grace Berger landed with the instate Indiana Fever after being selected seventh overall during the 2023 WNBA Draft.

The former Indiana Hoosiers guard put together a solid rookie season appearing in 36 games for the Fever while averaging 14.6 minutes per game. Over the course of the season Berger posted five games with at least 10 points while finishing off her rookie season averaging 4.2 points per game while also adding 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

6. Haley Jones

Team: Atlanta Dream

Previous Ranking: 6

In a learning year within the WNBA the former Stanford Cardinals guard and 2023 WNBA Draft pick Haley Jones slowly found her way around the league.

Jones finished her rookie season as one of the only rookies to appear in all 40 games for their respective teams while also averaging 14.6 minutes over the course of the season.

While the scoring numbers were not there, Jones took advantage of her playing time averaging 3.7 points per game while also adding 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.

The Dream guard posted her best game of the season in the team’s 112-100 loss to the Las Vegas Aces while scoring a season high 23 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

5. Li Meng

Team: Washington Mystics

Previous Ranking: 7

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings list is the Washington Mystics guard Li Meng. The 28-year-old guard who made her WNBA debut during the 2023 season put together a strong first season playing within the United States.

Meng appeared in 34 games for the Mystics while averaging 15.9 minutes per game. Over that stretch, Meng averaged 5.6 points per game to go along with 1.1 rebounds and one assist per game.

Down the stretch Meng showcased her potential posting two double digit performances despite appearing in no more than 22 minutes in those games.

The current Mystics guard has been a key contributor for China over the years including leading China to the 2023 Asia Cup gold medal and the 2022 World Cup silver medal.

4. Dorka Juhasz

Team: Minnesota Lynx

Previous Ranking: 8

Landing just a few spots behind her rookie teammate, Dorka Juhasz of the Minnesota Lynx finished off her rookie season ranked among the leaders among all 2023 rookies.

The former UConn Huskies forward was an all-around solid contributor for a young Lynx team while doing a little bit of everything to contribute during the 2023 WNBA Season.

Juhasz finished off the season averaging six points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals while posting five double doubles in 38 games played.

As Juhasz and Diamond Miller continue their development, look for both to take a big step forward next season while the Lynx becomes a team to watch moving forward.

3. Jordan Horston

Team: Seattle Storm

Previous Ranking: 2

While the numbers weren’t as high as expected the Seattle Storm rookie made some key contributions to the team over the course of the season.

As the Storm look ahead to the future, the former Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard is one piece of the future and one that should continue to see her game improve year over year.

The former McDonald’s All-American MVP played in 36 games over the course of the 2024 WNBA season while averaging 22.4 minutes per game.

Over that stretch Horston averaged 6.9 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In the year Horston posted nine games with at least 10 points and three double doubles.

2. Diamond Miller

Team: Minnesota Lynx

Previous Ranking: 3

The 2023 WNBA Season was an up and down season for the former Maryland Terps star during her WNBA rookie season.

The Minnesota Lynx forward Diamond Miller capped off the season strong posting 24 points in two of her final five games while showcasing her true potential as one of the league’s top forwards moving forward.

Her ability to score at will and be a key contributor helped Miller finish off her first season averaging 12.1 points per game while also contributing 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Miller is one of two talented rookies the Lynx landed during the 2023 WNBA Draft.

1. Aliyah Boston

Team: Indiana Fever

Previous Ranking: 1

In at number one on the Top 10 WNBA Rookies 2023 Rankings list is the Indiana Fever Rookie of the Year candidate Aliyah Boston.

Over the course of the 2023 WNBA season, Boston put together a long list of accomplishments including being selected for the 2023 WNBA All-Star game while also being only the sixth rookie in the history of the WNBA to earn a starting spot on the team.

In addition to starting on the All-Star team, Boston took home the WNBA Rookie of the Month Award for May 2023 as well as one Player of the Week honor for the entire league.

Overall Boston finished the season averaging 14.5 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

How would you rank these WNBA Rookies so far into the 2023 WNBA Season? Rank below so your rankings are included in the WNBA Power Rankings.

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