Fan-Faves 05: Most Valuable Player

With the 2005 season winding down, wants to know what players you think really stood out this year. Over the course of the week, we'll roll out poll pages for: Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player, Coach of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. Here's your chance to vote for your favorites!

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
Catchings leads her team in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), steals (2.8 spg) and assists (4.3 apg). Each of those stats puts her in the top ten in the WNBA. If that's not value, what is?
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Most Valuable Player?
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Most Valuable Player?
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Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs
The best player on the best team in the Western Conference, Griffith won the 1999 WNBA MVP and could win it again in 2005. Her 13.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg are not the best numbers she has put up in her career, but as far as value to her team's overall success, few players, if anyone, can compare.

Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm
The league's second-leading scorer (18.2 ppg), second-leading rebounder (9.4 rpg), Jackson is also fourth in blocks and leads the league in double-doubles this season with 11. She has the highest efficiency rating in the WNBA as well, which accounts for a player's all-around statistical game.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun
The workhorse for the league's best team this season, McWilliams-Franklin is a scorer, a rebounder and a leader. Her tenacity on the defensive and offensive ends is contagious and allows her teammates to do what they do best. Of course, Nykesha Sales and Lindsay Whalen will also get MVP votes and hurt Taj's chances.

Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets
The 2005 WNBA All-Star MVP, Swoopes is back in a major way this season after a disappointing 2004. She leads the league in scoring once again (18.7 ppg), plays more minutes than anyone else, is second in steals per game and has made more free throws than anyone else this season. She has carried this team on her back to the playoffs.

(All statistics through games played on August 22.)