Diana Taurasi ● 6 - foot - 0 ● Guard/Forward
After sitting out all but two games of the 2012 WNBA season with a strained left hip flexor, Taurasi, appearing healthy, is poised to be this team’s most explosive perimeter scorer. When the U.S. needs a bucket, they will likely look to Taurasi, one of fiercest competitors in the entire Olympics. She will also help facilitate the offense. In fact, the 6-foot guard was second on the 2008 Olympic Team with 2.4 assists per game and she was second in exhibition games behind only Lindsay Whalen with 3.0 per game.
Taurasi, who averaged 10.6 points per game in exhibitions, has won five WNBA scoring titles in her eight-year career. Her deep shooting range makes her a tough matchup and she is liable to get hot and put up points in bunches. She has already won two Gold Medals and her propensity for scoring and intensity of defense will be a valuable asset for this team.
2010 FIBA World Championship, 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2004 Olympic Games, 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.
Silver Medals: 2007 FIBA World League Tournament. Bronze Medals: 2006 FIBA World Championship, 2001 Junior World Championship.
Starting guard, go-to perimeter scorer
On how this team compares to past Olympic teams:
“Well, to say better would be disrespecting the '04 and '08 team that are pretty good. I think we have a chance. I think we have the ability and opportunity to put together a month of great basketball. We have the talent; we have the togetherness of liking each other and wanting to be really good. Those are things that a lot of teams don't have. With Coach directing us the right way, it's going to be a very, very special team."
|WNBA*||18.0||10.5 || 2.5|| 1.0|| 0.0|
|Exhibition||20.0||10.6 ||3.0|| 1.6||1.0|
*Only two games