Ballot Breakdown 2007: Western Conference Guards
Balloting for WNBA All-Star 2007 is underway. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, WNBA.com will break down all six positions -- Western Conference guards, forwards and centers, and Eastern guards, forwards and centers -- over the coming weeks.
Today's Ballot Breakdown covers the Western Conference guards, listed in alphabetical order. Read about Bird, Hammon, Pondexter and all the rest, then cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2007 All-Star Game in Washington on July 15. (Note: All stats are through June 5.)
Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
Averages: 22.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.1 APG
Her case: The top scorer in the league deserves to be an All-Star, even if her team is 1-7. Some critics get on her for shooting too much, but the Lynx don't have a ton of depth. In only her second year in the WNBA, Augustus has stardom written all over her. She even scored 16 points as a rookie in the 2006 All-Star Game in New York.
Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
Averages: 10.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
Her case: This four-time All-Star starter's numbers are down a smidge this season, but how can you not vote for a member of the All-Decade Team? Bird and the Storm have struggled their last two games against San Antonio, especially with Bird being slightly hobbled by a swollen left knee, but they'll bounce back.
Marie Ferdinand-Harris, San Antonio Silver Stars
Averages: 8.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG
Her case: Having returned this spring after missing all of last season while she had her first child, Ferdinand-Harris is still getting back into the swing of things and working to find her niche with the new group of players in San Antonio. Still, every now and then, she'll show the brilliance that made her an All-Star back in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Becky Hammon, San Antonio Silver Stars
Averages: 17.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.1 APG
Her case: This former All-Star has made a seamless transition to both a new team and a new conference after her offseason trade from New York. She is currently seventh in the league in scoring and fifth in assists and has played a crucial role in San Antonio's early season successes. No ifs, ands or buts: She deserves a return trip to the All-Star Game.
Lindsey Harding, Minnesota Lynx
Averages: 13.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.3 APG
Her case: If there's one rookie who deserves to be in Washington, it's Harding, the No. 1 draft pick out of Duke. Yes, she's gone through some shooting woes and turnover issues. And yes, the Lynx have struggled, but Harding had 20 in Minnesota's first win, her all-around numbers are very solid and she's already taking on a leadership role because of the other four rookies on her team.
Kara Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs
Averages: 11.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.3 APG
Her case: Lawson has been coming off the bench so far for the Monarchs, which makes her scoring output that much more impressive. Her 11.8 average is 3.5 points a game higher than her career number. And although they don't play the same position, she may see even more of the scoring onus with the injury to DeMya Walker.
Betty Lennox, Seattle Storm
Averages: 12.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG
Her case: Like her teammate Bird, Lennox was on fire during the Storm's two wins, scoring a combined 37 points, but she scored only 14 in their two losses last week to the Silver Stars. A good rebounder at only 5-8, Lennox also stands second in the WNBA in 3-point shooting, hitting at a .556 clip.
Mwadi Mabika, Los Angeles Sparks
Averages: 13.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.3 APG
Her case: Mabika and rookie Marta Fernandez have really stepped up for the Sparks, especially with Temeka Johnson out of the lineup, combining for 23.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists a game between the two. This two-time All-Star has clearly found her role in a Los Angeles offense that has hardly seemed to miss Lisa Leslie.
Kelly Miller, Phoenix Mercury
Averages: 10.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.4 APG
Her case: Miller is a solid all-around player, and on the high-scoring Mercury that translates into very solid numbers. She's among the league's top 10 in assists per game, field-goal percentage (.558), minutes played and total efficiency.
Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury
Averages: 18.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.0 APG
Her case: Like her teammate Miller, Pondexter has been putting up great numbers so far in 2007. She's been taking a LOT of shots, but she's hitting 45 percent from the floor and is currently fourth in the league in scoring. In just her second pro season, Pondexter is as much a go-to player on the Mercury as Diana Taurasi and is on the road to becoming a full-fledged superstar. An All-Star? Yes.