All-Time Merc: Cappie Pondexter, No. 8

By Ben York,
Posted: Dec. 20, 2012

As voted by you, the X-Factor, we’re counting down your top 10 All-Time Favorite Mercury players in franchise history.

Starting December 6, we’ll reveal the results of the nearly 2,000 votes we received on a weekly basis every Thursday.

No. 8: Cappie Pondexter
Years with the Mercury: 2006-2009
Total Percentage of Votes: 18.4%

Looking back, Mercury fans will undoubtedly remember Pondexter for her ability to create her own shot, her prowess on the offensive end of the floor and, of course, winning two WNBA Championships during her tenure in Phoenix.

However, I’d argue that the most important aspect of Pondexter’s popularity with the X-Factor was how she continually worked to expand her game into more than just a threat scoring the ball.

In fact, prior to the team’s championship season in 2009, Pondexter made it one of her main goals in the off-season to work on her ball handling and distribution skills.

Needless to say, it paid off; she averaged a still career-high 5.0 assists that year (1st on the Mercury, 3rd in the entire WNBA).

It made the Mercury’s second ‘chip that much sweeter.

Pondexter was, and still is, nearly impossible to guard. Giver her room, and she’ll pull up for a shot along the perimeter. Guard her too close, and she’ll go right by you.

And her step-back jumper? A thing of beauty.

Yes, she’s currently a member of the New York Liberty, but no matter what team Pondexter plays for, she’ll always have a special place in the hearts of Mercury fans everywhere.

All-Time Favorite Mercury

  • No. 9, Sammy Prahalis
  • No. 10, Tangela Smith
  • Be sure to visit next week on Thursday, December 27 to see who you voted as No. 7 on the All-Time Favorite Mercury poll.