All-Star Resume: Maya Moore
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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star Game less than a month away, Lynxbasketball.com will be profiling Lynx players and breaking down their All-Star resume. Today, we will continue our series with small forward Maya Moore. Last week, Kyle Ratke went back in time to relive the best Lynx All-Star games. To view that article, click here. He also broke down the resumes of Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus. Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.
Name: Maya Moore
Position: Small Forward
Past All-Star Games: 2011
How did she do in that game?
2011: Moore, along with Rebekkah Brunson, were the two Lynx starters for the West. Moore played 23 minutes and scored 10 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals. She had a rough game from the field, shooting just 5-of-15. We'll blame this one on rookie jitters. The West fell 118-113. Something tells us that this won't be Moore's last All-Star Game, though.
Legacy Check: She's only 24 years old, but she has a resume many ex-WNBA players could only dream of. The scary thing is that she'll be adding to it for a while.
Moore is a two-time NCAA Champion while building her legacy at the University of Connecticut. In 2009, Moore won Big East Player of the Year, was named an All-American, won the Naismith Trophy and took home too many accolades and awards to list. This isn't a Harry Potter book, folks. Seriously. I could only imagine what her trophy case looks like.
In four years at UConn, Moore averaged 19.7 points to go along with 8.3 rebounds per game. Her best season came during the 2010-11 campaign when she averaged 22.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
In 2011, Moore won the ESPY for Best Female College Athlete, was named to the WNBA All-Star Team and won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Lynx.
Quickly after she was drafted, she became the first female athlete to be represented by the Jordan Brand.
Oh yeah, and she helped the Lynx win the 2011 WNBA Championship.
In 2012, she was a member of the 2012 Olympic team that competed in the London Games. The team won the Gold Medal while Moore averaged 10 points per game, while having 27 steals in 13 games.
Moore is already fifth in team history in 3-pointers made.
Why should she be an All-Star in 2013?
Moore is averaging 17.4 points per game, which ranks third in the Western Conference. Her 6.4 rebounds per game rank eighth, which is impressive because of her small forward position. She's averaging the same amount of rebounds per game as Phoenix center Brittney Griner, so that kind of puts things into perspective. (Griner is listed at 6'8.)
Her 3.3 assists per game ranks ninth and she ranks third in points, rebounds and assists combined.
For players with more than 15 3-pointers attempted this season, Moore ranks first, hitting 43.4 percent of her shots from deep.
Okay, that's the number game.
Now to the things that aren't visible in the box score. Moore is tenacious in practice and games as well. She prepares herself better than or just as good as anyone in the league. She makes sure her body and mind are ready for every play, quarter and game.
In other words, she cares. A lot. These aren't only traits of an All-Star, but as a future Hall of Famer.
With her all-around game, Moore is one of the favorites to take home the WNBA MVP trophy. After Sunday's 23 point, five assist, four rebound and two block performance, it's hard to argue with that.
They said it:
Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve on Maya's evolving offensive game:
"I think what Maya's done is get more comfortable. In understanding the league and her opponents and who she's going against and also after her second year, in the exit interviews we kind of talked about the next step offensively. (She wanted to) become a better ball-handler and be able to play individual one-on-one and being able to move when the team needs a shot. To escape the defense... She's matured offensively."
That's all for Moore. Do you think the 3-point shooting small forward should be in the All-Star game? Click here to vote!
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