Rookie Rankings: July 20, 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. Check out the first, second and third reports of the season.

-Thru games played on 7/20:

No. 1: Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics (6th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
20
10.0
.483
7-24
2.3
5.6
1.5
0.1
Skinny: Johnson's the lone WNBA rookie averaging double figures in points. She's not just a capable scorer, either. The LSU product currently ranks second in the league in assists per game. She's also cut down on turnovers which plagued her at the start of the year. Johnson is sixth in the league in assist to turnover ratio.

No. 2: Katie Feenstra, San Antonio Silver Stars (8th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
20
8.6
.476
0-0
4.9
0.2
0.1
1.4
Skinny: Feenstra moves up one spot on this list because of the continuation of her strong play this month. In just 18.4 minutes per outing off the bench, Feenstra ranks sixth in the league in blocks (27). She's also sixth in rebounds per 40 minutes, second in free throw attempts per 40 minutes and 13th in field goal percentage. It's clear she'll have a long career in the WNBA with her 6-8 frame. However she'll need to improve upon her ball-handling -- turnovers are too great and assists too infrequent at this point.

No. 3: Tan White, Indiana Fever (2nd pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
18
9.8
.372
17-53
1.9
1.7
0.9
0.4
Skinny: White's slipped a spot from our last rankings, as her scoring fell two full points per game. The explosive outings she posted in June haven't been repeated in July. Based on her overall performance for the season, however, White clearly deserves a spot in the top three. Only 0.3 points per game behind Johnson's average, she has a chance to finish the campaign as the rookie scoring champ.

No. 4: Kara Braxton, Detroit Shock (7th pick)
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
17
7.5
.474
0-0
3.5
0.4
.70
.47
Skinny: Braxton had a career-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds versus the Comets on July 5. It's performances like those that keep fans coming back for more. Of course, for every game she teases you with a stellar effort, she'll have one of which she can't find her rhythm. Perhaps the lack of extended minutes she receives causes her to press. In fact, she's second in the league in shot attempts per 40 minutes (20.5). The fact that she's third in scoring per 40 minutes is why she makes this list.

No. 5: Suzy Batkovic, Seattle Storm
GP
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
16
7.6
.436
2-6
3.4
0.8
.69
.94
Skinny: Batkovic, who makes her debut on this list, is inching closer toward surpassing Braxton, who held the top spot in our first rankings of the season. The statistics of both ladies are nearly identical. Batkovic is the better shot-blocker, Braxton the more prolific and efficient scorer, giving her the nod at No. 4. Still it's hard to ignore Batkovic's feats -- she's 16th in the WNBA in points per 40 minutes (17.9) and eighth in blocks per 40 minutes (2.2).
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