Griner Unanimous All-Rookie Team Selection
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2013 – The 2013 WNBA’s top overall pick, Mercury center Brittney Griner, and Rookie of the Year, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky, headline the 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team as unanimous selections, the WNBA announced today. The Atlanta Dream’s Alex Bentley, New York Liberty’s Kelsey Bone and Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins round out the first-year standouts being recognized.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches, each of whom voted for five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Delle Donne and Griner each garnered the maximum of 11 votes. Bentley and Bone notched 10 votes apiece and Diggins tallied eight.
The No. 2 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, Delle Donne led all rookies in scoring (18.1 ppg), free throw percentage (.929, 157-for-169), three-point field goal percentage (.438, 42-for-96), and minutes (31.4 mpg). She ranked second amongst her fellow rookies in rebounds (5.6 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg). Overall, she led the league in free-throw percentage, while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage, fourth in scoring, and fifth in blocks. The 6-5 forward/guard swept the Rookie of the Month honors this season. The Delaware product appeared in 30 games, scoring in double digits in all but two, and helped the Sky to the best record in the East (24-10) and a franchise-first playoff berth. She became the first rookie to be the leading vote-getter in WNBA All-Star balloting.
Griner, the top overall selection in the draft out of Baylor, paced all rookies (and the league) in blocks at 3.0 bpg, and also led all first-year players in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.556, fourth in the league). She was the only rookie other than Delle Donne to average double-digit scoring, posting 12.6 ppg. She led all rookies in double-doubles with three.
A second-round draft selection out of Penn State, Bentley ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (8.3 ppg), third in assists (2.8 apg) and third in steals (1.0 spg) as she helped the Dream to a 17-17 record and the number two seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Bone, the fifth overall selection out of Texas A&M, ranked fifth among rookies in scoring (6.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Bone was the only rookie aside from Griner with multiple double-doubles, posting two on the season (15 points, 11 rebounds on July 31 at Washington; 11 points, 10 rebounds on Aug. 11 at Atlanta).
Diggins, a product of Notre Dame, was the third overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. She led all rookies in assists (3.8 apg), steals (1.28 spg), and ranked third in scoring at 8.5 ppg. Diggins twice dished out 11 assists (May 27 vs. Washington, June 23 at Minnesota) and had five games with three-or-more steals.