2021 WNBA Finals – Chicago Sky’s Kahleah Copper and the five biggest breakout performances in WNBA playoff history


PHOENIX — Chicago Sky forward Kahleah Copper began to blossom in the WNBA’s bubble last season. In the 2021 WNBA playoffs, she’s in full breakout mode.

“She’s opened a lot of people’s eyes,” teammate Courtney Vandersloot said, “because they didn’t really know anything about her.”

They were missing out, which Copper has proved during the postseason. She led Chicago in scoring during the regular season at 14.4 PPG. In the Sky’s seven playoff games, she is averaging 18.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists — all up from her regular-season averages.

“I feel like the playoffs were another season for me,” said Copper, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Sky’s 91-77 Game 1 win Sunday over the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA Finals. “It was another opportunity to be better and grow.”

Vandersloot smiles at that.

“We had seen glimpses of it, but even we didn’t know that she could do this for this long at this level,” the Sky point guard said. “We’re in the Finals, and she’s the best player out there sometimes.”

Copper will tell you she’s a proud native of North Philly, but Chicago has grown on her. Her pro career started in Washington, when she was the No. 7 pick in the 2016 draft out of Rutgers. Then, in February 2017, before her second season, Copper, Stefanie Dolson and a 2017 first-round draft pick were traded to Chicago for Elena Delle Donne.

That worked out for the Mystics, who won a title behind Delle Donne in 2019. But it has also worked for the Sky, as both Copper and Dolson are part of this Finals team.

From 2017-19, Copper was a role player for the Sky who averaged between 14 and 16 minutes per game. She displayed flashes of her skill, but never quite had that big game on a big stage, until her 16 points against the Las Vegas Aces in the…

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