Q&A With Erin Thorn

PhoenixMercury.com recently caught up with sharpshooting, veteran guard Erin Thorn (the newest member of your Phoenix Mercury) to get her thoughts on joining the team. A 10-year WNBA veteran, Thorn spent last season with the Minnesota Lynx and the three previous seasons with the Chicago Sky. Over the past four seasons, Thorn is shooting 40.1 percent from 3-point range, the fifth-highest mark in the league in that timeframe. She is also shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 91.5 percent from the free throw line since 2009, making her the only player to reach the 40-40-90 benchmarks over the last four years. The 5-9 guard is a career 37.2 percent 3-point shooter, eighth-best among active WNBA players.

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: March 18, 2013

PhoenixMercury.com Finish this sentence: I signed with the Phoenix Mercury because __________.

Erin Thorn I signed with the Mercury because I have always felt my skill set would fit in their system.

PhoenixMercury.com You've obviously played with great players in the past, but how excited are you to play with the likes of Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, DeWanna Bonner, Candice Dupree, etc.?

Erin Thorn I am very excited to alongside all the great players on the Mercury roster. I got to play with Candice in Chicago for one season, so I look forward to another couple. It is always fun to play with some of the best in the world; they make it so much easier for the rest of us.

PhoenixMercury.com What kind of reputation does the Mercury have across the league?

Erin Thorn From the outside looking in, Phoenix was always in a game. Even if they were down 20 points, the 3-ball could always bring the game within reach. And their running style always creates enough possessions to get back in a game.

PhoenixMercury.com Mercury training camps have been notoriously tough for new players in terms of learning the up-tempo system. Does that excite you or make you nervous?

Erin Thorn I know there will be a lot of running in training camp, but I always feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I'm more excited than anything. I can't wait to learn and play that up-tempo style. I may not be the fastest, but I can run for a long time!

PhoenixMercury.com Have you spent much time in Phoenix?

Erin Thorn I used to have cousins living in Mesa area and we visited them when I was younger. But I've only been to Phoenix for games during my time in the league. I am excited to get to know the city better.

PhoenixMercury.com What do you anticipate your role being on the team?

Erin Thorn My role on this team will be to knock down shots and take care of the ball. I will do whatever the coaches ask and whatever the team needs.

PhoenixMercury.com What do you want Mercury fans to know about you?

Erin Thorn To the Mercury fans, I am excited to join the family. I promise I will always leave everything I have on the floor. I look forward to an amazing summer together and a long run in the playoffs this fall!