10th Anniversary Polls
Throughout the Storm's 10th Anniversary season, stormbasketball.com will take the pulse of fans on various topics from Storm history on a weekly basis. Be sure to vote in the 10th Anniversary polls and check back for the results.
In our first poll, you decided that 2008 was the best Opening Night in franchise history. In the debut of a new-look roster and the Force 10 Hoops L.L.C. ownership group, the Storm came from behind to defeat the Chicago Sky 67-61 at KeyArena. After the game, players brought the new owners into their postgame huddle to celebrate their first win.
This time around, you voted for the acquisition of Swin Cash from Detroit (in exchange for the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft) as the best trade in franchise history. After offseason back surgery, Cash has started the 2009 season playing very well for the Storm.
There's no doubt that the Storm's biggest rival over the last decade has been the Los Angeles Sparks. You overwhelming picked the Sparks, who got 77 percent of the vote. The Phoenix Mercury has been more of a friendly rival, with good friends and former teammates on both sides, and finished second with 20 percent.
Your favorite shot from Storm history was Sue Bird's reverse layin to beat the Washington Mystics in overtime in July 2004. One surprise was Michelle Marciniak's buzzer-beater against the Orlando Miracle (part of a game where Marciniak, who had previously played sparingly, scored a team-high 18 points) did not get more love.
Tanisha Wright is established as a starter for the Storm now, but she spent her first four years in Seattle primarily as a reserve. That was enough to allow her to edge out Tully Bevilaqua for the title of the Storm's best sixth woman.
The Storm has had its share of great shooters over the years, and that Katie Gearlds can't crack the top two is the testament to how good Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are. Ultimately, you voted that the 6-5 Aussie is the best shooter in franchise history, and with 46.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc this season, who can disagree with that?