Fan-Faves 05: Defensive Player of the Year

With the 2005 season winding down, WNBA.com wants to know what players you think really stood out this year. Over the course of the week, we'll roll out poll pages for: Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player, Coach of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. Here's your chance to vote for your favorites!


Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
The league leader in steals (2.8 spg), Catchings is also third in the WNBA is defensive rebounds, total rebounds and remains in the top ten in virtually every statistical category imagineable. As the best defensive player on one of the top defensive, playoff-bound teams, Catch could be DPOY and MVP.
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year?
Who is your pick for 2005 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year?
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Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun
Her impeccable outside shooting often shadows her defensive skills, but Douglas has quietly been matched up against the opponent's best player for two seasons now and can totally take a star out of her game.

Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
Last year's Defensive Player of the Year and MVP, Leslie changes the way offenses attack the basket. She ranks second in nlocks per game (2.2), third in total steals (60) and fifth in defensive rebounds.

Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun
Sales always seems to be in the right place at the right time to come up with a big steal or rebound, but good positioning is the key to good defense, and that's just what Sales does every night. She also scores 15.6 ppg when not being a menace on the defensive end.

Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets
The only three-time winner of this award, Swoopes last won the award in 2003 and might be having an even better season this year. Witthout Tina Thompson in the lineup for much of the season, Swoopes had to carry the team on both ends of the court, and carried them all the way back to the playoffs.

(All statistics through games played on August 22.)

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