When Loeffler wasn’t booted out of the league, the women used their collective voice to do the next best thing: they met virtually with one of the candidates trying to win her Senate seat, Rev. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 2 pick in 2006 (Pondexter) and picked No. That raises an important question: How is it possible that the best player in WNBA history could have won a single championship? Taurasi is the latest, but not necessarily the greatest of all time. By contrast, Taurasi led the league in scoring five times in a six-year stretch from 2006 through 2011. She should have been recognized as the GOAT long before this, but there should be no doubt now, not with four Olympic gold medals, four WNBA championships, a dozen European championships playing with Russian teams, and two NCAA titles with UConn. After breaking through to beat the Minnesota Lynx 3-1 for their first title in 2012, the Fever lost another classic, five-game Finals matchup with the Lynx in 2015. It’s officially been over for almost a week, but it’s never too late to give the WNBA its flowers for an incredible 2020 season, one that will be remembered far more for the leadership and impact players made off the court than for the games on the court — though those were amazing too.

Even with an atypically strong class for this year's induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, there was never any doubt that Tamika Catchings deserved to make it on her first try.

We’d like to say that she’s the GOAT of the WNBA. Before entering the “wubble,” confined to courts and housing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to minimize the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 (something else they did quite successfully, by the way), players decided to dedicate the shortened season to racial justice and particularly Breonna Taylor, the young Black woman killed in her own home by Louisville Police officers in March. Warnock has since surged to the top of the polls in Georgia, where early voting began on Monday. In terms of peak ability, cases can be made for Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes from the Houston Comets' four-peat teams, Maya Moore of the four-time champion Lynx and a healthy Jackson. Many of the tweets and messages were titled or had the hashtag “GOAT” (Greatest of all Time, for those not up on the latest acronyms). Sports Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird poses for a photo after the team won basketball's WNBA Championship Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Sue Bird the … Edit: I know MVPs aren't everything, but I see that Lisa Leslie has won 3 and Sheryl Swoopes also has 3. Nonetheless, Catchings' historical legacy underrates her.

Those actions aren’t a comprehensive list, nor does it include the deeds of players who sat out the season to dedicate their time fully to causes, like Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery.

At the trophy ceremony for the Seattle Storm, who won their fourth WNBA title with a sweep of the Las Vegas Aces, commissioner Cathy Englebert made sure to mention Taylor immediately. Will Aces be even better? She has led the Phoenix Mercury to two titles since she was drafted number one in 2004. 2020 election season features sports, politics, athlete activism, voting efforts, Sue Bird turns 40: The evolution and revolution of Seattle's point guard, From Olajuwon to Embiid: How Africa's relationship with American hoops has evolved, Ex-WNBA star Pondexter found safe, agent says, Ionescu eyes playing overseas to prep for 2021, WNBA Finals - Storm's Sami Whitcomb wins title ring ... from 9,000 miles away in Australia, Catchings honored to join Summitt in Hall of Fame, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey's leap of faith lands her in Naismith Hall of Fame, Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Complete coverage, the ability to generate steals in particular, Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series, Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers. ( Log Out /  Our biggest questions for 2021 WNBA season, How Steph Curry, Russell Wilson and other sports stars celebrated Halloween. WNBA Advanced Stats has posted net ratings with players on and off, as well as the net difference, throughout league history. Wetzel: This LeBron title puts compelling twist on GOAT debate, Goodwill: Lakers’ defense mutes claims of asterisk before title, NBA championship gear: Celebrate Los Angeles’ win right here, Robinson: Dak’s resiliency is Cowboys’ light amid dark moment, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, N.C. church ordered to stop holding large indoor services, The 20 best things to get at Aldi this year, according to shoppers. If you missed out because you refuse to watch, you’re in a shrinking group: television ratings were up significantly this season, proving that if you air them people will watch, and that standing up for what truly matters will not, as Loeffler disingenuous missives suggested, hurt the league. Wilson paid homage on Sunday, wearing a yellow Bird jersey to the Seahawks’ game against the Vikings, and said after leading the game-winning touchdown drive that he felt “like Sue Bird in the clutch.”. But Ann Meyers and Cheryl Miller were transformative players in their time (the 70s and early 80s). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Jude Shimmel and Shoni Shimmel at half court during the Women’s Final Four semifinal game against Cal. My wins above replacement player metric favors Catchings by an even greater margin, albeit with Taurasi in second: What might be more surprising is that even though her Fever won just one championship (2012), Catchings is also the WNBA's all-time leader in playoff WARP. Taurasi, who turned 35 on June 11, also has three Olympic gold medals. Intact with her feminine side, McBride is blessed with natural beauty and shows it to the world.

Catchings was capable of playing both on the perimeter and in the paint, swinging from small forward to power forward depending on her team's needs, and winning the Defensive Player of the Year at both spots. Given that knowledge, it should probably come as no surprise that Catchings rates as the league's all-time best player by advanced stats that measure career value -- and nobody else is all that close.