Ballot Breakdown: Guards
June 20 -- Balloting for WNBA All-Star 2006 is under way. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, WNBA.com will break down each position -- guard, forward and center.
Two weeks ago, we looked at the guards from both conferences, ranked statistically by their PRA (the sum total of their points, rebounding and assist averages). Well, we're back with a fresh look at the guards. After reading, hurry to cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2006 All-Star Game in New York City on July 12. (Note: All statistics are through games played on June 19.)
Statistically, Taurasi is the top guard in the league.
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Diana Taurasi, Mercury
Averages: 25.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.3 APG; PRA -- 32.3
Breakdown: In our last breakdown, Taurasi trailed teammate Cappy Pondexter in PRA. Now, at a league-leading 25.3 ppg game, Taurasi stands above all other guards. Her turnovers are down more than per game (3.39 to 2.33) this season.
Cappie Pondexter, Mercury
Averages: 22.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.9 APG; PRA -- 28.7
Breakdown: Since our last ballot breakdown, Pondxter has actually raised her scoring average by nearly a point (21.3 to 22.1) and her PRA by 0.6. Not bad for a rookie. Not bad for anyone, really.
Seimone Augustus, Lynx
Averages: 23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG; PRA -- 28.5
Breakdown: Augustus, also a rookie, has increased her PRA since our last breakdown, as she's averaging 0.3 more points per game and a half-rebound more. The race with Pondexter for Rookie of the Year is heating up.
Vickie Johnson, Silver Stars
Averages: 12.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.7 APG; PRA -- 22.2
Breakdown: This WNBA original is fifth in the league with 4.1 assists per game. The amazing thing about Johnson's play in the past two weeks has been her aggressiveness on the boards. She's grabbing nearly one more board per game.
Dominique Canty, Comets
Averages: 12.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG; PRA -- 19.1
Breakdown: Her PRA has dipped since the last breakdown, but Canty is still doing incredible stuff as a guard, such as shooting .549 from the field and ranking third in the WNBA free throw attempts with 67.
Alana Beard, Mystics
Averages: 20.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.7 APG; PRA -- 27.5
Breakdown: Beard has had an incredible two weeks, raising her PRA 2.2 points. Her scoring average is up nearly a point (19.8 to 20.7), she's averaging a whopping 1.5 rebounds more per game and her dimes are up a tick.
Katie Douglas, Sun
Averages: 17.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 APG; PRA -- 23.2
Breakdown: Two weeks ago, Douglas had the fourth-best PRA among East guards. Now, at 23.2, she has the second-best. Her scoring is the reason for that leap, as she's at 17.7 points per game compared to 16.0 ppg two weeks ago.
Deanna Nolan, Shock
Averages: 12.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.7 APG; PRA -- 21.0
Breakdown: Wow, Nolan's PRA has increased nearly three points in the past two weeks (18.6 to 21.0). Nolan's pouring in 1.5 ppg more in the last two weeks and is grabbing a half-board more per game in that time as well.
Nikki Teasley, Mystics
Averages: 12.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 6.4 APG; PRA -- 20.9
Breakdown: Welcome to the breakdown, Nikki. Your league-leading 6.4 assists per game certainly helps you get here, but the 12.1 points per game doesn't hurt either. Team her with Beard, and the Mystics have one of the more prolific backcourts in the WNBA.
Becky Hammon, Liberty
Averages: 14.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.5 APG; PRA -- 20.7
Breakdown: Hammon's numbers have dipped in the past two weeks, but they're still good enough to place her among the top five guards, statistically, in the East. Hammon, a deadly shooter, has broadened her game and has become somewhat of a playmaker, averaging 3.5 dimes per, good for ninth in the league.