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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 shooting guard Seimone Augustus. 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 Lindsay Whalen's resume.
Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.
Name: Seimone Augustus
Position: Shooting Guard
Past All-Star Games: 2006, 2007, 2011
How has she done in those games?
2006: In her rookie season, Augustus was the only player to score in double figures for the West, finishing with 16 points. Augustus competed in the Skills Challenge as well, and took first place with a time of 28.5. She defeated some pretty impressive opponents, taking down Sue Bird, Cappie Pondexter and Deanna Nolan. Unfortunately, the West lost 98-82.
Overall, though, it was a pretty successful event for the young Augustus.
2007: In her second trip to the All-Star game, Augustus scored eight points and hauled in seven rebounds off the bench. It wasn't enough, though, as the East won 103-99. Augustus competed in the Skills Challenge again and although she improved her time to 27.4, she took second place to San Antonio's Becky Hammon.
2011: Augustus played 17 minutes off the bench and finished with nine points, three assists and two rebounds. She was one of four Lynx players in the game. Her bad luck continued, though, as the West lost 118-113. We need to get her a rabbit's foot or something for good luck.
She did help the Lynx win the 2011 WNBA Championship, though, so maybe her luck isn't all that bad.
Legacy Check: Where to start.
As a member of the Louisiana State University Tigers, Augustus was a two-time SEC Player of the Year award winner, she won two Wade Trophies and snagged two Naismith and Wooden Awards each.
Her No. 33 was retired by LSU in 2010 and it might be hard to believe, but she was the first female athlete to have her number retired by the school.
When she entered the league after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2006, she picked off where she left off in college. She was named the 2006 Rookie of the Year, averaging 21.9 points per game, which was a record for a rookie player.
She has been named to three All-Star Games and to three Second-Team All-WNBA teams.
Lynx fans most fondly remember her during the team's historic 2011 title run. During the 2011 playoffs, Augustus averaged 22 points per game in eight games, shooting 53 percent from the field, 44 percent from the 3-point line and 89 percent from the free-throw line. Her 22 points per game led all Western Conference players and she was just one point shy of Angel McCoughtry's playoff-high 23.1 points per game.
When it comes to international play, Augustus helped Team USA win Bronze at the 2006 World Championships. In both 2008 and 2012, she helped the United States win two Olympic Gold Medals, the first coming in Beijing and the second coming in London.
Why should she be an All-Star in 2013? Most are convinced Augustus could score 30 points per game if she wanted to. She's shooting 52.4 percent from the field this season, which ranks first in the league for players averaging 17 points or more per game. In fact, that percentage ranks third in the conference, which is incredibly rare for a shooting guard to do, especially one that shoots the ball 14 times per game.
You could foul her to avoid the bucket, but that might not be a great idea either. She's shooting 88 percent from the free-throw line, which ranks seventh in the West.
Her 17 points ranks third in the West behind only Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore (you've heard of her, right?). That's not bad company.
And according WNBA.com, Augustus is a Superstar Player. Don't believe me? Here's the link. I'm not sure what the qualifications are to be on this list, but Augustus is a no-brainer for this. Just re-read the "Legacy" section if you need verification.
Augustus has scored 20 or more points three times this season, and she's failed to score 11 or more just once.
She's made nine shots in a game five times this season. Exactly nine. I'm not sure if that proves anything, but that is a weird coincidence. In three of those games, she was 9-for-13 (69 percent). Not too shabby.
They said it:
Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve, who knows Seimone's game better than almost anyone.
"Seimone has always been a terrific guard at the midrange game. That's been her gig since she was probably eight years old. She has a really sweet pull-up jumper. What makes her unique is that she does it under pressure, under tested situations. You think, if you're part of a team's scouting report and you're going against the team's best defender and often times, two players come over to find you and she STILL makes it. That's what makes her really impressive. That's what makes her an Olympian. She thrives on that."
That's all for Augustus. Do you think the efficient shooting guard should be in the All-Star game? Click here to vote!
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