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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star game a month away, Lynxbasketball.com will be profiling Lynx players and breaking down their All-Star resume. Today, we start with point guard Lindsay Whalen. On Tuesday, Kyle Ratke went back in time to relive the best Lynx All-Star games. To view that article, click here.
Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.
Name: Lindsay Whalen
Position: Point guard
Past All-Star Games: 2006, 2010, 2011
How has she done in those games?
2006: Whalen played 25 minutes, scored 10 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds. She was second on the team in points, assists and rebounds combined. The East won 98-82. Whalen was a member of the Connecticut Sun at the time.
2010: In this unique take on the All-Star Game, the WNBA put their stars up against the Team USA squad. Whalen came off the bench for the WNBA and played 22 minutes, which was second on the team. She struggled from the field, however, shooting just 2-for-12. She finished with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Team USA won 99-72. Whalen also competed in the Three-Point Shootout and the Skills Challenge. She placed sixth in the Three Point Contest and third in the Skills Challenge.
2011: In 17 minutes of play, Whalen finished with a pretty level game, scoring four points, to go along with six assists and five rebounds. The East won 118-113.
Legacy Check: Minnesota players know Whalen pretty darn well. The Hutchinson native has a state championship under her belt and was a four-time honorable mention All-State selection.
She then decided to take her talents to the University of Minnesota. She led the Gophers to the Final Four in 2004, was a two-time Wade Trophy Finalist and a two-time Naismith Award Finalist. She was named All-American First Team and was the first Gopher to earn All-American honors in two different seasons.
Her No. 13 jersey was retired by the University in 2005. There are many more college awards we could throw on here, but, you have work to do today. I'm not trying to get you fired.
She was drafted fourth overall in the first-round of the WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. In the WNBA, she's' been named to the All-WNBA First Team twice and is a three-time WNBA Peak Performer. Oh yeah, and she helped the Lynx win the title in 2011.
This season, ESPN has nominated her for the best WNBA player along with Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry and Candace Parker. That's some pretty good company. In fact, why don't you vote for her for that as well? I'll help you out, here's the link.
Whalen is familiar with National pride as well. In 2010, she helped Team USA win the Gold Medal in the World Championships. In 2012, Whalen helped Team USA win Gold at the 2012 London Games. Whalen's been praised for her international play and her tenacity. Lynx fans have been fortunate to see that tenacity since her arrival to Minnesota in 2010.
Why should she be an All-Star in 2013? Whalen is averaging 5.3 assists per game this season, which ties her for third in the West. Her 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, though, are what separate her from other point guards in the West. In the team's June 23 matchup against Tulsa, Whalen scored 19 points, while shooting just six times from the field. How is that even possible, you ask? Whalen was able to get to the free-throw line 14 times during the game. She's scored 10 or more points in five out of eight games this season and has had six or more assists four times. Her best game of the season came on July 11 against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Whalen finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.
While it doesn't show in the box score, Whalen is the undisputed leader and floor general for this team. Not just because of her position, but because of the attitude she brings each and every day to the court. In fact, after the Tulsa win, Maya Moore was asked why the team played as well as it did that night and Moore replied, "Lindsay Whalen."
Say no more (no pun intended, but kind of). That's coming from an MVP candidate's mouth. I shouldn't need to write much more.
They said it: Here's more from Moore (sorry, I had to):
"Whay is def somebody who's been leading us, especially last game with her toughness getting to free-throw line. When she's aggressive like that it lifts everyone else up. I'm excited to have her again on the court healthy and ready to go."
That's Whalen's profile, folks. It pretty much wrote itself.
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