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Is it any wonder that MVP candidate Lindsay Whalen has fans all over the WNBA landscape?
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NEW YORK, July 17 -- Time to open up the Race to the MVP Mailbag. I'll grade each of your e-mails for coherence, accuracy, originality and probably even grammar and spelling. So without further ado, away we go
Tipping things off, Marcus from Cusseta, Ga., writes the following:
I believe that the WNBA's MVP thus far has been none other than Tina Thompson. She has been in this league since the inaugural season and has yet to win a MVP award which to me is very upsetting. She is the league's second all-time leading and continuously raises her stat line night in and night out and has the Comets in a position to be a major playoff contender. Tina Thompson has been my favorite WNBA player for the past 10 years and her love of the game has only gotten stronger.
Tina is having a remarkable season at age 33, and while it's a shame that the league's second all-time leading scorer hasn't won an MVP, it doesn't make up for the fact that there are several worthy candidates above her. (Oh, and just cuz she's your favorite means she should be MVP? C'mon. If that were the case, Huey Lewis & the News would have enough Grammys to fill a swimming pool.)
Next up, Jass from Highland Park, N.J., suggests:
Race for the MVP? Forget your picks. Cappie Pondexter is my vote.
Showing some love for your former Scarlet Knight. I can respect that. And it's hard not to love Cappie. For my money, she's the most fun player in the league to watch and the WNBA's version of the human highlight film.
But telling me to forget my picks for a player I've had in the top 10 all season long? Come on, Jass. You're better than that.
Estee, a big WNBA fan from Buffalo sent this one in:
Becky is MVP the silver stars would be nowhere without her.
OK, Estee. OK. Short and sweet is your recipe. And I'll bite. Becky is coming on strong of late and your point may be true, but it leaves a little too much to the imagination: Imagine the Silver Stars fly into Sacramento to play the Monarchs. If the team's bus driver calls in sick that day, wouldn't the Silver Stars be nowhere without him or her?
Hearty congratulations go out to Lauren from Bloomington, Minn., the winner of this week's five-trophy e-mail award:
Thanks again for having Lindsay Whalen in the top 5 of the MVP voting!! Even though she doesn't score 30 points a game or have the best stats, without her, the Sun probably would be towards the bottom of the league. She does a lot more for the team than just scoring, rebounding, and assisting. She's a great floor leader and keeps everyone calm. I think she should be higher than Lauren Jackson or people like her because even without her, her team still has a good chance to win with the other stars on the team. :)
Starting off by thanking me? Excellent. Coherent points throughout? Superb. Smiley face at the end? I can't ask for much more.
The final e-mail comes from DJ in L.A. who writes:
I truely have to question your basketball knowledge. I am a true male fan of this sport, not just a Sparks fan. I've been a fan from day 1 of the WNBA. I watch as many game as I can catch on NBATV. Candace Parker is the best player to ever come into this league to date and that includes Lauren, Lisa, Sheryl, etc. Her numbers speak for themself. At this point right now, she is clearly the MVP/ROY. She leads her team in points, rebounds, assist and shooting %. She is not only the best player on her team but the best all around player in the league. There is no other player in this league that can do as many things as Candace. If so, please name her? Then show me her numbers. Numbers don't lie.
Though lacking a bit in the coherence and spelling categories, the accuracy is right on well, except for questioning my basketball knowledge.
DJ, numbers truely don't lie. And even though Candace hasn't played as many game in her career as Lauren, Lisa, Sheryl, etc., her numbers do speak for themself.
Now here are my player rankings for the season through July 16.