Dupree, Bonner: The Mercury’s New Dynamic Duo

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com

For the past 6-7 years, the Phoenix Mercury has featured Diana Taurasi at the forefront of a “Dynamic Duo” or “Big Three.”

Diana. Cappie. Penny.

Diana. Penny.

Diana. Penny. Dupree.

Indeed, there are multiple combinations of players one could pick that would satisfy the aforementioned labels. Nevertheless, Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor have certainly been the anchors.

This year, with both Taurasi and Taylor out for a considerable amount of time due to injury, a new duo has emerged: Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner.

Quietly (or, maybe, not so quietly), the two are making noteworthy contributions to the Mercury.

Per game, Bonner and Dupree combine to average:

- 36.7 points

- 13.7 made field-goals

- 13.7 rebounds

- 46.5 percent shooting

In fact, there are only two other “duos” that currently out-perform (strictly from a statistical standpoint) Dupree and Bonner (but not by much):

Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver, Los Angeles Sparks (7-1)

- 38.3 points per game

- 14.2 made field-goals

- 13.9 rebounds per game

- 48.1 percent shooting

Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky (7-1)

- 42.6 points per game

- 15.9 made field-goals

- 19.1 rebounds per game

- 57.6 percent shooting

Other than Parker/Toliver and Prince/Fowles, there is no other duo in the WNBA who combine to average more points, rebounds, made field-goals, and a higher shooting percentage than Bonner and Dupree.

In fact, Bonner is averaging career highs in points (18.6), rebounds (7.7), assists (2.6), and minutes (35.1). Dupree is averaging a career high in points per game at 18.1. Bonner has a 19.4 efficiency rating (seventh in the WNBA) while Dupree maintains a 17.3 rating (twelfth in the league).

Playing without Taurasi and Taylor is never easy, but Candice Dupree and DeWanna Bonner have each significantly stepped up their game to make up for it.