LaMelo Ball and Wander Franco named SI Revolutionary Athlete of the Year


Illustrated sportsThe athlete of the year will be unveiled at the annual event Illustrated sports Awards on December 7, and the athlete’s honor will only be one of the many prizes awarded.

SI will also announce its Groundbreaking Athlete of the Year on December 7, with a number of impressive youngsters vying for the award. Will a tennis sensation win the prize? Maybe a superstar playmaker will take the honors.

To find the ultimate winner, you can follow the 8 p.m. ET broadcast through IFsocial media channels. The SI Awards Show will also be broadcast simultaneously by LiveXLive on at least 20 other platforms, including, LiveXLive, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Twitter.

Here are the 2021 nominees for Sports Illustrated‘s revolutionary athlete of the year

  • Emma Raducanu
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • LaMelo ball
  • Franco Stroll

Emma Raducanu

The British star continues to rise through the ranks of women’s tennis, winning her first Grand Slam with a US Open title in September. Raducanu’s victory was not a major event either. She became the first female or male qualifier to win a major title in the Open Era since 1968, a designation obtained after a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Leylah Fernandez. Raducanu is no longer a qualifier at the Grand Slam level. Hopefully see her again compete in major finals in 2022 and beyond.

Ja’Marr Chase

Chase struggled with falls throughout training camp and preseason, but his immense talent quickly translated into the start of the regular season. The Cincinnati receiver has four touchdowns in his first three pro games, and he starts Week 13 with 50 receptions for 906 yards and eight touchdowns. Chase could very well win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award by the end of the season, and he should be an elite target for Joe Burrow in Cincinnati for years to come.

LaMelo ball

Defenses have had little success trying to slow Ball since entering the NBA in 2020. Charlotte’s dynamic point guard ran off with Rookie of the Year last season, and he’s improved his game. in 2021-2022. Ball enters Wednesday night with an average of 19.3 points and 8.2 assists per game. He shoots 37.8% out of three. And if his first 74 pro games are any indication, he will be a household name for the foreseeable future.

Franco Stroll

The Tampa rookie sensation fits right into the Major League level in 2021 after being touted as baseball’s best prospect. Franco posted an .810 OPS in 70 regular-season games, and he still delivered in the playoffs with two homers and a pair of doubles in the ALDS.

Franco got a 12-year extension in November after his impressive rookie season.


In addition to the revolutionary athlete of the year, SI will also reward:

  • The price of the Muhammad Ali inheritance
  • Skid of the year
  • Female / Male Athlete of the Year, presented by the US Polo Association
  • Revolutionary Athlete of the Year, presented by Emsculpt Neo
  • Hometown Hero, presented by Pepsi Stronger Together
  • Team of the Year, presented by Vitacost
  • Coin of the Year, presented by Alkaline88
  • Best Dressed, presented by JCPenney
  • Player of the Year, presented by Arcade1Up

Candace Parker, LaMelo Ball, Rob Gronkowski, Caeleb Dressel and Suni Lee are scheduled to appear in Hollywood, Fla. On December 7. The event will be co-hosted by DJ Khaled and sports presenter and TV host Cari Champion, with musical performances by 2 Chainz and DJ Irie.


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