WNBA Player Rankings: Week 10

If the season ended today, which player would you vote for as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player?
If the season ended today, which player would you vote for as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player?
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NEW YORK, July 25 -- With so many players, coaches and fans more than willing to speak their minds on the main topic of conversation this week in the WNBA, it only seems right to keep my yapper shut.

Sure, I have my opinions and you have yours. (And I hope you continue to voice yours in our aptly named Fan Voice.)

But it's time to move on.

And in the spirit of listening and carefully considering what people around the league are saying, it only seems right to keep it quick and easy with the Race to the MVP this week.

We've got our list of MVP candidates. And we've got something nice a coach or fellow player has said about them this season. Take a read and submit your own comments.

And keep it positive. In the midst of the greatest season in league history, it only seems right.

Now here are my player rankings for the season through July 24.

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  • Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 15.6
    • 5.8
    • 5.4
    • 1.5
    • 0.0
    • .483
    • .361
    • .806
    • +19.8
    • Last Week’s Rank - 2
    "I don't know what to say. I just had to slide to the side on (Whalen's move). It's incredible to watch. Like Barbara (Turner) said, she was like a magician tonight. She was like… abracadabra. It was just fun to watch." - Sun teammate Tamika Whitmore
    Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 18.9
    • 9.4
    • 3.7
    • 1.4
    • 2.2
    • .515
    • .400
    • .708
    • +24.0
    • Last Week’s Rank - 1
    “I’ve watched her from afar… in the stands, scouting. But it’s a little different watching her up close... She’s a phenomenal player and very much deserving of all the excitement. … She’s real. It’s the truth.” - Comets coach Karleen Thompson
    Sophia Young, San Antonio Silver Stars
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 18.4
    • 5.7
    • 2.6
    • 1.6
    • 0.5
    • .500
    • .000
    • .793
    • +18.9
    • Last Week’s Rank - 4
    “Sophia’s just a really nice feature inside because she can be creative. You have face-up players that can be creative, but Sophia can be creative on the move. We always talk about players who can create off the dribble, but Sophia can create as a post player.” - Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes
    Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 23.5
    • 4.5
    • 3.8
    • 1.2
    • 1.1
    • .444
    • .355
    • .862
    • +21.4
    • Last Week’s Rank - 5
    "She just hit some incredible shots. She just has that ability to separate herself and get away from the defense and get shots off. She’s strong enough that if you hit her she can still finish. She has great skills and can finish around the basket. She’s as good as there is." - Storm coach Brian Agler
    Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 19.5
    • 4.0
    • 3.0
    • 1.0
    • 0.5
    • .478
    • .372
    • .884
    • +17.7
    • Last Week’s Rank - 7
    “Seimone is our leader and we look to her a lot. When she gets going we follow her lead and really just do our part to keep up. She really elevates our game and is playing at a level that we are trying to get to right now.” - Lynx teammate Candice Wiggins
    Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 20.2
    • 7.0
    • 1.2
    • 1.5
    • 1.6
    • .452
    • .295
    • .934
    • +20.7
    • Last Week’s Rank - 3
    "She’s one of the best. When she gets going, it’s very, very hard to stop her."
    - Silver Star Ann Wauters
    Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 17.3
    • 7.1
    • 2.3
    • 0.9
    • 0.5
    • .403
    • .455
    • .846
    • +15.1
    • Last Week’s Rank - 6
    “It was ‘Get Tina the ball!’ ... We got her the ball and that was it! No play is needed for that. ... That’s why she is who she is and has so many things in this league that she has done. Four championships. And a champion knows how to find a way to win. " - Comets coach Karleen Thompson
    Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 15.4
    • 9.1
    • 2.0
    • 1.5
    • 3.1
    • .462
    • .154
    • .717
    • +19.4
    • Last Week’s Rank - 9
    "I've looked up to her ever since I was little. I've never had the opportunity to play with such a dominant post player. To play alongside of her is truly, truly a blessing."
    - Sparks teammate Candace Parker
    Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 22.8
    • 4.1
    • 4.4
    • 1.0
    • 0.2
    • .418
    • .343
    • .836
    • +17.7
    • Last Week’s Rank - 8
    "We've been (running the offense through Cappie) all year long. She's the closer. She's Mariano Rivera. She plays for the Yankees. We rely on her to make plays for us at the end of the game."
    - Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi
    Becky Hammon, San Antonio Silver Stars
    • PPG
    • RPG
    • APG
    • SPG
    • BPG
    • FG%
    • 3P%
    • FT%
    • EFF
    • 17.2
    • 2.9
    • 4.7
    • 1.2
    • 0.3
    • .369
    • .342
    • .936
    • +14.2
    • Last Week’s Rank - 10
    "Even my highest expectations -- she's certainly fulfilled that and taken another step beyond. I'd competed and coached against her … but when you coach her on a day-to-day basis, you realize what a student of the game she is." - Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes

    On the Outside Looking In (season averages - last week's rank)
    11. Deanna Nolan (Detroit): 14.9 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.6 rpg (NR)
    12. Sue Bird (Seattle): 13.2 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.8 rpg (12)
    13. Candice Dupree (Chicago): 16.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg (14)
    14. Asjha Jones (Connecticut): 16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg (15)
    15. Katie Douglas (Indiana): 16.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg (13)

  • Dropped out: Shameka Christon (New York).
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