Posted by Bea Scott on 3rd Jun 2024

Is Kate Martin the possible 2024 WNBA Rookie of the year?

     Kate Martin is quickly showing why she belongs in the front running for WNBA 2024 Rookie of the Year. Drafted in the second round as the number 18 pick by the Las Vegas Aces. Every fan in Las Vegas couldn't have been more excited, and it showed by the crowd cheering, clapping and celebrating her being picked.

Why she could win 2024 WNBA Rookie of the Year

  • Averaging 5.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 1.8 APG in 5 games and 104 minutes of game time*
  • Can get the ball to anyone on her team
  • Highly influential asset on the court
  • One of the few rookies in 2024 to have her jersey sell out
  • Repeatedly called 'the best leader' by several of her teammates and coaches
  • First player in Iowa Hawkeyes history with more than 900 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 120 steals and 60 blocks in her NCAA career
  • Ability to fill needed gaps for Las Vegas Aces

Who is Kate Martin?

A guard for the Las Vegas Aces. She was drafted in the second round as a surprise pick. There were exciting rumors about her possibly being taken, but it was all speculation up until 2024 draft night. Right before she was drafted you could see the ushers letting her know they wanted her too move closer to the front in case they called her name soon.

She played alongside Caitlin ClarkGabbie MarshallMegan GustafsonHannah Stuelke and Monika Czinano in her college career at Iowa under the guidance of head coach Lisa Bluder. Her skills only improved working with this fantastic team of driven women who had a Final Four championship in their sights and made it to the final in 20232024.

Kelsey Plum: "Kate Money Martin. I Love That Kid" | Los Angeles Sparks vs Las Vegas Aces Interview

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Position player

Every one needs to play their part for the symphony of basketball to work. Kate Martin has quickly learned how to work with her veteran teammates including Kelsey PlumA'ja WilsonJackie YoungAlysha Clark and previous Iowa Hawkeyes teammate Megan Gustafson. All of of her amazing Aces teammates have been a big influence on her development as a well rounded player in the WNBA.

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Trained to be a WNBA star

If only we all decided at a young age to have such dedication as a professional athlete. Kate Martin made the wise decision to go to the Iowa Hawkeyes college basketball program. Guidance by veteran coach Lisa Bluder and assistant coach at the time, but has now become the head coach, Jan Jensen. Who has been invaluable to her growth as a basketball professional.

Kate Martin's Coach Brutally Honest About Her WNBA Start

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A teammate for the ages

Passing the ball in movement, behind the back, over her shoulder and the no look pass. These are all strategic skills that Kate Martin has been able to see grow in her arsenal of basketball plays. She has been consistently referred to as "Kate Money Martin" by teammates. A clutch player who can make big game moments happen.

2024 WNBA players who could win Rookie of the Year

There are many rookies that have a decent chance of winning at the end of the season. Here are the current front runners to win.

  • Caitlin Clark- 15.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 6.4 APG in 11 games and 363 minutes of game time(33 min. per game)
  • Angel Reese- 10.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG and 1.9 APG in 5 games and 200.2 minutes of game time(28.6 min. per game)
  • Cameron Brink- 8.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.3 APG in 5 games and 196.8 minutes of game time(24.6 min. per game)
  • Kamilla Cardoso- 11.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 0.0 APG in 1 game and 18 minutes of game time
  • Rickea Jackson- 10.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG and 0.4 APG in 8 games and 194.4 minutes of game time(24.3 min. per game)
  • Alissa Pili- 4.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG and 0.3 APG in 6 games and 41.4 minutes of game time(6.9 min. per game)
  • Jacy Sheldon- 2.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG and 1.0 APG in 7 games and 76.3 minutes of game time(10.9 min. per game)
  • Aaliyah Edwards- 6.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 0.9 APG in 5 games and 160.8 minutes of game time(20.1 min. per game)

*Above stats are as of June 3rd, 2024

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Author Bio: Bea Scott

A huge fan of women's basketball, especially the growth of the NCAA, WNBA and the opportunities that it may hold for it's female basketball athletes.


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