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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 4:06 pm  |  8 responses

WNBA MVP Rankings: Parker’s World

Candace Parker sits atop the league for yet another week.

by Christian Mordi / @mordi_thecomeup

The past week in the WNBA was highlighted by the re-emergence of Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream, Elena Delle Donne’s return from a foot injury and Sylvia Fowles’ second (yes, second) 20/20 outing of the season.

Let’s get to it:

1. Candace Parker, L.A. Sparks

Parker’s ability to grab a rebound and push it on the break makes her a terror to guard. Against the Indiana Fever, CP3 recorded a prototypical 18 points and 6 rebounds in a 94-72 blowout.

2. Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

Against the Minnesota Lynx, McCoughtry was a terror on the defensive side of the floor with 4 steals and 2 blocks en-route to a 88-75 victory. Angel’s dedication to playing both sides of the floor with the same intensity have played a huge role in the Dreams’ three-game winning streak, and her rise in the MVP rankings.

3. Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Catchings couldn’t seem to find her groove offensively against the Storm this week, shooting 4-14 from the field in a 70-77 loss. But she found her stroke in the following contest against the San Antonio Silver Stars, shooting 5-10 and 8-8 from the line in a 80-63 victory.

4. Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky, center

Fowles—or as we call her on SLAM Radio, “Big Syl”—continues to show why she’s the best center in the WNBA. Against the reigning MVP Tina Charles, Fowles was unstoppable with 20 points and 21 rebounds in an 89-78 victory. She followed up that performance with 16 points and 15 rebounds in a huge comeback win over the Mystics.

5. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, guard

Last game against Tulsa, Taurasi was in a league of her own, spoon feeding her teammates for easy baskets. She finished the game with 28 points and 10 assists.

6. Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky, forward

Delle Donne could be higher in the rankings, if not for her nagging injuries. The rookie has been sensational this year, posting averages of 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. The Delaware native returned from her foot injury earlier than expected this last game against Washington, and scored 24 points en route to a Chicago win.

7. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx, forward

The Lynx have been a bit erratic as of late, losing to Tulsa and Atlanta, but beating the Liberty by 30. Moore lit up the Liberty for 28 points and 6-10 shooting from downtown. She continued her hot shooting in a loss against the Dream, going 4-5 from deep. This team seems to be in the midst of a mid-season funk, but if Moore keeps shooting like this, the Lynx will find their way sooner than later.

8. Liz Cambage, Tulsa Shock, center

In the past 10 games, when Cambage played more than 25 minutes, the Shock are 3-3. The 6-8 center’s size and soft touch make her a formidable presence around the rim. Fouling her isn’t a wise option also, as she shoots 76 percent from the line.

9. Cappie Pondexter, New York Liberty, guard

Pondexter struggled through a foot injury in the Liberty’s one game this week. New York currently sits a game out of the playoffs, so the ball is in their court on whether they will make the postseason or not.

10. Lindsey Whalen, Minnesota Lynx, guard

Whalen has cooled down quite a bit as of late, which may be why the Lynx have lost two of the past three contests. The clever point guard couldn’t find her touch offensively against the Dream, logging only 4 points on 2-9 shooting from the field. Her assists haven’t dropped off much, though, averaging 6.3 in the past three games.

Previously:
WNBA MVP Rankings: She’s Back
WNBA MVP Rankings: The CP3 Show

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  • Emily Hatfield

    The ranking from this site make no sense. Angel McCoughtry go to be #1. When Lynx was going on 10-0. I didn’t see whalen or moore or augustus really being mentioned yet CP3 were still dominating the priasing aspect.

    I’m Delle Donne fan but I know Angel McCoughtry is currently #1, Big Sly #2, Elena Delle Donne #3.

    Parker had not been that dominating as of late since All-Star break. Compare to those top 3.

    Cp3 back from injury and doing great. Delle Donne back from injury hitting 19pt/32pt with a clutch shot against #1 team. Back from Injury again and hit 24. Her # outshine CP3. Can’t take Slam seriously when they are inconsistent with their reviews and showing clear bias. One week praising CP3 coming back from injury yet Delle Donne it’s nagging.

    Angel McCounghtry had been doing it all. FYI, CP3 last few weeks were not that great. Tolvier had been carrying the team. Wnba.com ranking are more honest and not showing clear favoritism week after week.

  • storm tracker

    Emily is absolutely correct. This Christian Mordi person either has no clue, or is taken with Parker, or both. Having watched LA a lot on TV I’m not even sure Parker is the most valuable player on her own team!

  • LakeShow

    lol… then who is?

    CP3 is by far the best player on her team. By far.

    I don’t liker sub 40% shooting – Tamika Catchings – up there though at all.

  • storm tracker

    Lake Show
    You should try and read more perceptively. I didn’t say she was not the ” best player” on the team, I questioned whether she was the most valuable, which is not the same thing.
    Arguments could be made for the clutch shooting Toliver, assist dishing Harding, and Nneka Ogwumike is a beast on the offensive boards, which Parker is not.
    Of the four only Parker has a negative plus / minus, not a good attribute for an aspiring MVP.
    Study the game a bit more closely and you’ll begin to understand.

  • LakeShow

    If you take one of them off the team they are still competing for being the best team with CP. Without her you could not say the same. She is the best, most consistent player on the Sparks. Therefore, it’s most valuable.

    You can argue Westbrook over Durant for MVP, but you’ll look silly, same as you do here.

    plus/minus is a terrible statistic to use as judgement in the WNBA.

  • Storm Tracker

    One thing you can’t argue is who of us has the better argument. That would be Storm Tracker.
    Stop wasting your time and your boss’s and do something productive for the rest of the day. I’m done with this already.
    On a nicer note,have a good weekend.

  • LakeShow

    You probably, do know more than me about WNBA ball, but if it’s anything like the rest of basketball, your best player is your most valuable 9.9 times out of 10

    Have a good day Miss Snooty Pants.

  • chris mordi

    to miss Hatfield, I have had Whalen high in the rankings, but its hard to put her above any of the players in the top 5, as the weapons she has around her make her job much easier, one can argue that she is not the mvp on her team, but Maya Moore.

    Btw, I do believe in Angel McCoughtry, and if you read back as far as last year, I had her in my top 3 back then as well when many were questioning her game. Currently the Dream are 3-7 in the past 10, which is why she sits where she does.

    Also it can be argued that Catchings low shooting % can be attributed to the fact that many key pieces around her have been missing, which forces her to take alot of shots she normally wouldnt take. You could also argue that she is the mvp, because without her steady hand the Fever wouldve surely been one of the worst teams in the WNBA.

    Thank you all for your comments though.

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