Who are the top five players? Who is the best coach? Which team has the best chance of dethroning the Seattle Storm? Which player would GMs sign first if they were starting a team today?

WNBA.com posed questions to the league's general managers to learn what the people who make the decisions really think.



MAY 19 RESULTS

Which player in the WNBA would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?

Katie Smith - 20%

Lauren Jackson - 20%

Diana Taurasi - 20%

Lisa Leslie - 10%

Betty Lennox - 10%

Nykesha Sales - 10%

Sheryl Swoopes - 10%

Which one player acquisition will make the biggest impact in 2005?

Chamique Holdsclaw - 30%

Margo Dydek - 30%

Tully Bevilaqua - 10%

Tangela Smith - 10%

DeLisha Milton-Jones - 10%

Tan White - 10%

Who is the toughest player in the WNBA?

Katie Smith – 20%

Yolanda Griffith – 20%

Tamika Catchings – 20%

Lauren Jackson - 10%

Nykesha Sales - 10%

Elaine Powell - 10%

Cheryl Ford - 10%

Who will win the 2005 MVP?

Lauren Jackson – 40%

Tamika Catchings - 20%

Lisa Leslie - 20%

Cheryl Ford - 10%

Chamique Holdsclaw - 10%


Which team made the best offseason moves overall?

Charlotte - 50%

Washington – 30%

Phoenix – 10%

Los Angeles - 10%


Which team will win the Eastern Conference?

Detroit – 50%

Connecticut - 20%

Charlotte - 10%

Washington - 10%

Indiana - 10%


Which team will win the Western Conference?

Los Angeles - 70%

Seattle - 30%

Which team will win the WNBA Finals in 2005?

Los Angeles - 50%

Detroit - 20%

Seattle - 20%

Connecticut - 10%




MAY 18 RESULTS

Which player is best at making her teammates better?

Sue Bird - 40%

Ticha Penicheiro - 20%


Alana Beard - 10%

Lindsay Whalen - 10%

Swin Cash - 10%

Diana Taurasi - 10%

Which player do you think has the greatest hunger to win a championship in 2005?

Yolanda Griffith - 40%

Swin Cash - 20%

Dawn Staley - 20%

Nykesha Sales - 10%

Sheryl Swoopes - 10%



Which player is the best on-court leader?

Dawn Staley – 60%

Swin Cash – 10%

Tamika Catchings – 10%

Diana Taurasi – 10%

DeLisha Milton-Jones – 10%

Which player is the best lockerroom leader?

Dawn Staley – 16.7%

Lisa Leslie – 16.7%

Murriel Page – 16.7%

Allison Feaster – 16.7%

Swin Cash – 16.7%

DeLisha-Milton-Jones – 16.7%


Which player has the best court smarts?

Dawn Staley – 33.3%

Sue Bird - 16.7%

Diana Taurasi - 16.7 %

Lindsay Whalen - 8.3%%

Katie Smith - 8.3%

Kara Lawson- 8.3%

Crystal Robinson - 8.3%

Who is the best perimeter defender in the WNBA?

Tamika Catchings – 20%

Alana Beard - 20%

Deanna Nolan - 10%

Brooke Wyckoff - 10%

Hamchetou Maiga - 10%

Allison Feaster- 10%

DeLisha Milton-Jones - 10%

Crystal Robinson- 10%


Who is the best interior defender in the WNBA?

Lisa Leslie – 60%

Yolanda Griffith - 30%

Tamika Williams - 10%



MAY 17 RESULTS

Who is the best point guard in the WNBA?

Sue Bird - 30%

Dawn Staley - 30%

Nikki Teasley - 20%

Diana Taurasi - 10%

Lindsay Whalen - 10%


Who is the best shooting guard in the WNBA?

Deanna Nolan - 40%

Diana Taurasi - 30%

Katie Smith - 10%

Alana Beard - 10%

Kara Lawson- 10%

Who is the best small forward in the WNBA?

Tamika Catchings - 40%

Swin Cash - 20%

Sheryl Swoopes - 20%

Nykesha Sales- 10%

Chamique Holdsclaw - 10%


Who is the best power forward in the WNBA?

Lauren Jackson - 70%

Cheryl Ford - 20%

Tina Thompson- 10%

Who is the best center in the WNBA?

Lisa Leslie - 100%



Who is the best head coach in the WNBA?

Anne Donovan - 40%

Mike Thibault - 20%

Suzie McConnell Serio - 20%

Richie Adubato - 10%

Van Chancellor - 10%


Which head coach is the best manager/motivator of people?

Bill Laimbeer - 30%

Anne Donovan - 20%

Pat Coyle - 10%

Trudi Lacey - 10%

Van Chancellor - 10%

Mike Thibault - 10%

Which head coach is the best strategic/X's and O's coach?

Mike Thibault - 44.4%

Richie Adubato - 33.3%

Dan Hughes - 11.1%

Van Chancellor- 11.1%

Which head coach is the best at developing young players?

Mike Thibault - 37.5%

Anne Donovan - 25%

Suzie McConnell Serio - 12.5%

Bill Laimbeer - 12.5%

Trudi Lacey - 12.5%


Which active player would make the best head coach someday?

Dawn Staley - 70%

Sue Bird - 10%

Kara Lawson - 10%

Katie Smith - 10%



MAY 16 RESULTS

Which WNBA team will be the most fun to watch in 2005?

Phoenix - 30%

Los Angeles - 20%

Detroit - 20%

Sacramento - 10%

Seattle - 10%

Washington - 10%

Who has the best athleticism?

Deanna Nolan - 36.4%

Mwadi Mabika - 27.3%

Swin Cash - 9.1%

Tamika Catchings - 9.1%

Sheryl Swoopes 9.1%

Diana Taurasi - 9.1%

Who has the best post moves?

Lisa Leslie – 70%

Lauren Jackson – 10%

Ruth Riley – 10%

Nicole Ohlde – 10%




Who is the best pure shooter?

Katie Smith – 40%

Lauren Jackson – 20%

Anna DeForge – 10%

Deanna Nolan – 10%

Kelly Miller – 10%

Crystal Robinson – 10%


Who is the fastest with the ball?

Tamicha Jackson – 30%

Shannon Johnson – 20%

Deanna Nolan – 20%

Marie Ferdinand – 10%

Tan White – 10%

Alana Beard – 10%
Who is the best fast-break finisher?

Swin Cash – 30%

Mwadi Mabika – 20%

Betty Lennox – 10%

Tamecka Dixon – 10%

Alana Beard – 10%

Sheryl Swoopes – 10%

Nikki Teasley– 10%


Who has the single most effective individual offensive move in the game today?

Lauren Jackson – 33.3%

Diana Taurasi – 22.2%

Lisa Leslie – 22.2%

Sheryl Swoopes – 11.1%

Chamique Holdsclaw – 11.1%

Deanna Nolan – 11.1%

Who is the best passing big man?

Elena Baranova – 22.2%

Ruth Riley – 22.2%

Janel McCarville – 22.2%

Lisa Leslie – 22.2%

Kamila Vodichvova – 11.1%



MAY 13 RESULTS

Who will win the 2005 Rookie of the
Year award?

Tan White - 50%

Sandora Irvin - 20%

Janel McCarville - 10%

Kara Braxton - 10%

Sancho Lyttle - 10%

If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the WNBA, who would it be?

Lauren Jackson- 40%

Tamika Catchings - 20%

Diana Taurasi - 20%

Tina Thompson - 10%

Lisa Leslie - 10%


Which rookie is most likely to be a "sleeper" success?

Kendra Wecker - 20%

Kristin Mann- 10%

Erin Phillips - 10%

Roneeka Hodges- 10%

Tanisha Wright- 10%

Kristin Haynie - 10%

Kara Braxton- 10%

Temeka Johnson- 10%

Angelina Williams- 10%

Who are the most underrated players in the WNBA?

Deanna Nolan, Nicole Ohlde, Penny Taylor, Kelly Schumacher, Anna DeForge, Vickie Johnson, Janeth Arcain. Ruth Riley, Murriel Page, Tully Bevilaqua, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Allson Feaster, Crystal Robinson, Bethany Donaphin, Tangela Smith, LaToya Thomas, Mwadi Mabika, Adrienne Goodson


Who is the best international player in the WNBA?

Lauren Jackson- 70%

Mwadi Mabika- 10%

Elena Baranova - 10%

Tully Bevilaqua - 10%

Which team will be most improved in 2005?

San Antonio Silver Stars - 30%

Charlotte Sting - 30%

Indiana Fever - 20%

Detroit Shock - 10%

Houston Comets - 10%


Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2005?

Alana Beard - 20%

Lindsay Whalen - 20%

Vanessa Hayden - 10%

Asjha Jones - 10%

Marie Ferdinand - 10%

Elaine Powell - 10%

Deanna Nolan - 10%

LaToya Thomas- 10%

Who will win the Defensive Player of the Year Award?

Tamika Catchings - 33.3%

Lisa Leslie - 11.1%

Deanna Nolan - 11.1%

DeMya Walker - 11.1%

Alana Beard - 11.1%

Yolanda Griffith - 11.1%

Michelle Snow - 11.1%



E-mail this story
More »

Video

Through the Lens: Fever vs. Sky Game 2

Check out some of the best highlights from the thrilling, double overtime game between the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky through the eye of our super slow motion phantom camera!

Fowles Leads Sky In Game 2

Sylvia Fowles ended up with 27 points on an impressive 12-14 shooting, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 steals to help the Chicago Sky tie the Eastern Conference Finals at 1 game apiece versus the Indiana Fever.

Postgame: Chicago Sky

Sky head coach Pokey Chatman and Sylvia Fowles talk postgame following Chicago's double overtime win over the Fever.

Fever vs. Sky - Game 2

Sylvia Fowles scores 27 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to even the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals on Monday.

Postgame: Indiana Fever

Fever head coach Lin Dunn and Tamika Catchings talk postgame after Indiana falls to the Chicago Sky in Game 2 in double overtime.