Rookie Rankings: June 1, 2005

Throughout the course of the 2005 WNBA season, WNBA.com will run its unofficial Rookie Rankings, highlighting the play of the top five rookies of the week. Here's a look at out first installment, which features several players who have brought about unexpected contributions to their teams.

No. 1: Kara Braxton, Detroit Shock (7th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
3
10.0
.684
0-0
3.3
0.0
1.3
0.7
Skinny: Most claimed Braxton would have been the top pick in the Draft had she played her senior season at Georgia ... With Detroit, she's proving she's the most talented rookie out there, averaging an incredible 10.0 points in 13.3 minutes from the pivot position ... Also helping out on the glass (3.3 rpg) and as a shotblocker (0.7 bpg) ... Foul trouble has been an issue (2.3 fpg) ... Ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.684) and points per 40 minutes (30.0) ... Totaled 18 points (8-10 FGs) and six rebounds in 14 minutes in her WNBA debut, vs. the Sun.

No. 2: Laurie Koehn, Washington Mystics (Undrafted)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
3
11.7
.478
10-20
0.7
1.0
0.0
0.0
Skinny: 39 players were selected in the 2005 WNBA Draft, yet incredibly, the leading rookie scorer (11.7 ppg) to date was not one of them ... Koehn has wowed observers with her three-point shooting; she's second in the league in makes (10) despite playing just 17.0 minutes per game ... Her 50.0 percent shooting mark from beyond the arc also is among the league's top figures.

No. 3: Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics (6th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
3
9.0
.667
2-3
2.3
5.7
2.0
0.0
Skinny: This savvy young floor general deserves all the credit in the world for stepping in from Day One and immediately solving the Mystics' point guard problems ... She's running the team like a vet, ranking third in the league in assists (5.7 apg) ... Moreover, she's fifth in steals per game (2.0 spg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.667) -- an incredible feat for a rookie point guard ... There is one category that reflects upon her youth, however, and that's turnovers, which she paces the WNBA in (4.67 tpg).

No. 4: Chelsea Newton, Sacramento Monarchs (32nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
3
6.0
.538
2-4
2.3
1.7
0.7
0.0
Skinny: Newton's numbers are solid across the board ... She has been one of the only rookie starters in the league, scores when her number is called, plays good defense, protects the possession and makes smart decisions ... Newton should has a long WNBA career ahead of her.

No. 5: Tan White, Indiana Fever (2nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4
7.3
.300
1-8
1.0
1.5
0.3
0.3
Skinny: Because of her offensive prowess, White was the preseason favorite for Rookie of the Year among many of the "experts" ... The Mississippi State product has shown flashes of her talent off the bench, ranking fourth among rookies in scoring (7.3) ... Unfortunately, White's shooting has been inconsistent, and it's the reason why the No. 2 selection in the Draft is our No. 5 rookie in the Rankings.

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