Las Vegas, Nevada (July 17, 2022)—Las Vegas Aces General Manager Natalie Williams announced today that the team has signed 2022 WNBA All-Star MVP and 2021 Olympic Gold Medalist Kelsey Plum to a contract extension.
“Kelsey Plum is a generational talent and one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever known,” Williams said. “His preparation and work ethic are second to none. Kelsey has the ability to impact the game in so many facets, and with great mentorship from Coach Becky Hammon, she’s proving to be one of the best guards in the WNBA. We are thrilled to re-sign her and strengthen our incredibly talented core group.
“I’m thrilled to stay with the Aces and continue to play with my teammates and for our coaching staff,” Plum said. “I look forward to persisting on our journey to deliver a championship in Las Vegas.”
Plum is having a stellar season for the Aces, earning his first All-Star nomination and earning MVP honors in the WNBA Midseason Classic after scoring a game-high 30 points in a 134-112 victory for the Aces. Wilson team. The fifth-year pro ranks second in the league in scoring (20.2), eighth in assists (5.5) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.422) this season, and led all guards in the fan vote for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022.
Plum could break the franchise record for three-pointers in a season today, and is on track to become the second player in league history to make 100 or more three-pointers in a season. .
In 2021, she was named the sixth Kia WNBA Player of the Year after setting what were then personal career highs in scoring, steals and free throw percentage. Plum’s 14.8 points per game were the second-highest in league history by a player who played all season as a reserve, and his 94.4% shooting from the charity strip was second-highest. highest in franchise history.
Plum also represented the United States at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, leading the United States to gold in the inaugural 3×3 competition.
After a record career in Washington, which saw Plum set NCAA Division I marks for single-season and career points, and career free throws, the San Antonio Stars made the Poway native, in California, the number one overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. She rewarded them with an All-Rookie team performance, averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.9 rebounds per game while making 36.5 percent of her three-pointers.
In more than four seasons in the WNBA, Plum is posting career averages of 11.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while connecting on 39.6% of his three-point field goal attempts. She was even better in the playoffs where she boasts career averages of 17.4 points, 3.4 assists and 5.6 assists, and makes 43.8% of her shots from long range.
The Las Vegas Aces, who currently sit in second place in the WNBA with a 17-7 record, take on the Connecticut Sun today on ABC starting at 10:00 a.m. PT.