Rookie Rankings: June 29, 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 second installment, which features several players who have brought about unexpected contributions to their teams. To see the first report and the second set of Rookie rankings this season.

-Thru games played on 6/29:

No. 1: Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics (6th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
13
10.5
.518
6-15
2.3
6.1
1.3
0.1
Skinny: In starting every game so far this season, Johnson has elevated her game another level since the last report several weeks ago, leading her team back to a .500 record and the thick of the playoff race. Even though everyone questioned her size, no one questioned her heart or her talent, and she has proven that she can score and rebound as well as make her teammates better. But like Diana Taurasi last year, Johnson is playing a lot of minutes and hasn't had any break since leading her college team to the Final Four just a few months ago. How will she hold up in the stretch run?

No. 2: Tan White, Indiana Fever (2nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
12
11.8
.385
15-43
1.8
1.8
1.2
0.4
Skinny: White's explosive start saw her claim the top spot in each of the first two rankings, and she hasn't let up one bit. Her points per game average has gone up by another full point in the past few weeks and she still leads all rookies in scoring. She has been money from the free throw line, shooting 91.4%, good enough for fourth overall in the WNBA and she is even shooting 35% from 3-point range. Perhaps most importantly, the Fever continue to win big games with White having the ball in her hands at critical moments.

No. 3: Katie Feenstra, San Antonio Silver Stars (8th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
15
8.9
.476
0-0
5.3
0.0
0.1
1.2
Skinny: The 6-8 center continues to impress, improving upon her points, rebounds and blocks per game over the course of the pas six or seven games. She currently leads all rookies in rebounding and has scored in double digits in seven of her last ten games, including tying a career high on Tuesday night with 16 points in only 15 minutes. She also grabbed a career-high 12 boards last week against the Comets. With each passing game, it looks like Feenstra will be a force to be reckoned with in the paint for years to come.

No. 4: Kara Braxton, Detroit Shock (7th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
11
7.2
.453
0-0
3.7
0.2
1.0
.55
Skinny: Kara Braxton started out of the gate on fire, but has yet to re-create those early performances of late. Like the restof her Shock team, she has been plagued by inconsistencies as her stats continue to decline. Of course, as the team has struggled, she has gotten fewer minutes and has had less opportunity to get into the flow of a game.

No. 5: Chelsea Newton, Sacramento Monarchs (32nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
13
5.4
.441
5-13
1.7
1.8
0.8
.15
Skinny: Newton has been a symbol of consistency and reliability for the Monarchs, and though she isn't the scorer that some of her fellow rookies are, she is averaging more than 24 minutes per game and good for one or two big 3-pointers per game plus key steals and other intangibles. Considering every team passed on her (twice), Newton continues to be an impressive rookie along with her teammate Kristin Haynie

Honorable Mention: Kristin Haynie, Sacramento Monarchs: Haynie is slowly inching her way closer to the top five, proving that she is a dependable guard for Coach Whisenant's system, though she has struggled in her past few outings.
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