All-Time Merc: Jennifer Gillom, No. 7

By Ben York,
Posted: Dec. 27, 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. 7: Jennifer Gillom
Years with the Mercury: 1997-2002
Total Percentage of Votes: 19.8%

January 22, 1997.

That was the day the X-Factor was first introduced to Jennifer Gillom.

Gillom’s enduring impact on the Mercury franchise began early. She averaged over 15 points and five rebounds in 1997 en route to being named to the All-WNBA Team. In 1998, she averaged 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds and led the Mercury to the Finals, losing to the Houston Comets (one of the greatest WNBA teams of all-time). During her six-year tenure with the Mercury, the Hall of Famer averaged 15.3 points, was named to the inaugural WNBA All-Star game in 1999 and propelled the team to three playoff berths (1997, 1998, 2000).

The statistical influence Gillom made on the organization was certainly lasting, but her stamp on the franchise extends far beyond numbers.

Her voice still fills US Airways Center every Mercury game day.

“Mighty Mercury,
Mighty Mercury,
We are No. 1,
No. 1 Mercury.”

Back in 2009, Gillom was coaching the Minnesota Lynx. Prior to her first return trip to Phoenix as a head coach, Gillom met with the media to talk about how weird it would be to hear her voice leading Mercury cheers while coaching the opposing team.

In fact, she had to take a lengthy pause from her comments to fully reflect on how special her time in the Valley was -- and for good reason. Fans likely remember Gillom for how hard she played every night, how she always found a way to put the ball in the basket and the infectious attitude she brought to each game. Additionally, Gillom was widely known around the league as one of its fiercest competitors -- a direct correlation with how hard she worked.

Perhaps it was that exact moment when Gillom truly realized how engrained she was into the Phoenix Mercury culture and history.

Needless to say, when you think of Mercury legends, Gillom’s name has to be at the top of the list.

All-Time Favorite Mercury

  • No. 8, Cappie Pondexter
  • No. 9, Sammy Prahalis
  • No. 10, Tangela Smith
  • Be sure to visit next week on Thursday, January 3 to see who you voted as No. 6 on the All-Time Favorite Mercury poll.