Top 15 Voting: Katie Smith

Katie Smith won two WNBA championships with the Shock in 2006 and 2008
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In Brief

  • Two-Time WNBA Champion (2006, 2008)
  • Seven-Time All-Star
  • Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008)

    A seven-time All-Star, two-time WNBA champion with the Detroit Shock, and the 2008 Finals MVP, Smith was voted to the WNBA’s All-Decade Team in 2006. Her resume also includes First Team All-WNBA honors in 2001 and 2003 and Second Team honors in 2000 and 2002. Originally signed by the Lynx in 1999 after a stint in the ABL, Smith spent six seasons with Minnesota before being traded to Detroit. She then moved to Washington in 2010 and immediately helped the Mystics earn the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. With her ABL and WNBA totals combined, Smith in 2005 became the first woman in U.S. history to score 5,000 points. The Ohio State product enters 2011 ranked third in WNBA history in points (5,760) and ninth in assists (1,056).

    What They're Saying

    "Now considered one of the golden veterans of the WNBA, Smith this season brings her wealth of scoring talent and leadership to Seattle in a supplemental role. Having started her career in Minnesota, this Olympic gold medalist finally got her WNBA title after she was traded to Detroit and then a year ago she helped make the Washington Mystics remove the doormat label that had long been attached to the franchise."

    -- Mel Greenberg, Woman Hoops Guru

    "Katie Smith is the ultimate “old-school” player who just knows how to get the job done."

    -- Mechelle Voepel, ESPN

    "The toughest player in WNBA history? Yeah, I think that’s a fitting label. But it still sells Smith a bit short. Sure, she’s tough, but also possesses a very high basketball-IQ that has translated into three Olympic Gold medals and two WNBA titles. Be sure to appreciate Smith not just for her toughness but for her all-around, balanced game."

    -- Ben York, SLAM Magazine