Ballot Breakdown: Centers
June 8 -- Balloting for WNBA All-Star 2006 is under way. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, WNBA.com will break down each position -- guard, forward and center.
Today's Ballot Breakdown covers the centers from both conferences, ranked statistically by their PRA (the sum total of their points, rebounding and assist averages). Read about Lisa, Taj and Margo, then cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2006 All-Star Game in New York City on July 12. (Note: All statistics are through games played on June 7.)
That's right Lisa, your 10 years in the league have been historic.
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Lisa Leslie, Sparks
Averages: 21.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.7 APG; PRA -- 36.2
Breakdown: She may be the game's greatest player ever and she isn't slowing down. Leslie, even at 33, still plays at a level above other centers. She leads the WNBA in rebounds per game (11.9) and is fifth in the league in scoring (21.6). As you can imagine, with numbers like those, Leslie leads the league in double-doubles (five). The Sparks center, who hasn't missed a game since injuring her knee in the 2003 All-Star Game, also leads the league in efficiency (25.4).
Yolanda Griffith, Monarchs
Averages: 12.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.3 APG; PRA -- 22.2
Breakdown: The 36-year-old center still has game. Her 7.2 boards per game is more than half-a-rebound better than her 6.6 rpg average last season. At 24.7 minutes per game, Griffith is getting the least burn of her career. That's probably why she's seen a dip in her points production (13.8 in 2005; 12.7 in 2006). She is, however, averaging 2.3 dimes per game, which would easily surpass her career high of 1.7 set in 2001.
Kamila Vodichkova, Mercury
Averages: 12.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.6 APG; PRA -- 20.6
Breakdown: This seventh-year pro is having her best-ever season in 2006. After setting career-highs in points (10.9 ppg) and boards (7.0 rpg), Vodichkova has surpassed her top scoring average (12.0) and matched her best rebounding year (7.0). In Paul Westhead's system, expect her numbers to be big and stay big.
Ford has the best overall numbers of all East forwards.
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Averages: 14.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG; PRA -- 27.2
Breakdown: Ford, in her fourth season, is having her best year as a pro. At 14.3 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per, second in the league, are career highs. Ford is also averaging an incredible 5.25 OFFENSIVE rebounds per game. That number alone would place her 26th in rebounding overall. Every game, she gives the Shock at least five extra possessions. It shows hustle and it pleases a coach and teammates to no end.
Ebony Hoffman, Fever
Averages: 9.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.1 APG; PRA -- 18.6
Breakdown: Before this season, Hoffman had never surpassed averages of 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. This season has been a different story for the third-year pro. Hoffman is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, minutes and mentions in Ballot Breakdowns.
Margo Dydek, Sun
Averages: 10.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.6 APG; PRA -- 16.6
Breakdown: The WNBA's all-time leader in blocks, leads the league in guess what again this season? You got it, blocks per game (2.3) and total blocks (14). Dydek also leads the league in field goal percentage (.619) which is .082 better than her career high of .537 last season and miles ahead of her career shooting percentage (.465). Also, for the first time in her career, she's averaging at least one steal (and in this case exactly 1.0 steal) per game.