Rookie Rankings: June 2, 2008

June 2, 2008 -- Throughout the 2008 WNBA season, WNBA.com will run its completely unofficial Rookie Rankings, highlighting the play of the top five rookies to this point. Here's a look at our second installment.


No. 1: Candace Parker, L.A. Sparks (1st pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4 38.3 19.3 .462 2-5 11.5 6.3 2.0 3.0
Skinny: Last week was a pretty good one for Parker, who became the first player in WNBA history to record a 5x5 game with 16 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks in a loss to the Fever on Thursday. She was also one of nine players named to the U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday. The 6-foot-4 forward has recorded double-doubles in three of her four games and leads the league with 11.5 rebounds a game. She also ranks among the league leaders in points (sixth), blocks (tied for second) and assists (third).

No. 2: Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky (2nd pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4 26.0 12.5 .550 0-0 9.3 0.8 1.0 3.0
Skinny: Fowles joined Parker on the list of Olympic representatives, and the second overall pick has improved her performance in each of her four games so far. After a pair of solid but unspectacular games to open her professional career, the 6-6 center has recorded two straight double-doubles with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Lynx and 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Sun. Fowles also recorded four blocks in each of her first three games and is tied for second in the league with three blocks a game.


No. 3: Candice Wiggins, Minnesota Lynx (3rd pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4
27.3 13.0 .421 5-15 2.5 5.3 1.8 0.2
Skinny: The Lynx are one of the biggest surprises in the league by winning their first four games and they have a trio of rookies to thank for their hot start. Wiggins had been a steady scoring presence in her first three games before turning in her best performance so far on Saturday. In 31 minutes off the bench, the 5-11 guard delivered career bests with 17 points and 12 assists in a win over the Mercury. It was the first career double-double for Wiggins, who had only eight total assists over her first three games.

No. 4: Charde Houston, Minnesota Lynx (30th pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4
18.0 13.5 .553 0-0 5.0 0.3 1.0 0.2
Skinny: Houston was one of the biggest surprises of the WNBA's opening weekend with a 21-point performance. But the third-round pick was held scoreless in just seven minutes of action in Minnesota's second game, leaving people to wonder which game was the anomaly. She has shown that the second game was the exception by averaging 16.5 points over her last two games. She followed up a 15-point, six-board effort with 18 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Mercury for her first double-double.

No. 5: Nicky Anosike, Minnesota Lynx (16th pick)
GP
MPG
PPG
FG%
3PM-A
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
4 22.0 10.5 .480 0-0 4.8 1.3 1.2 2.0
Skinny: Anosike is the only one of Minnesota's three super rookies to start and has shown that she deserves the assignment. She had a breakout performance with 20 points and seven rebounds in a win over Houston before mustering only two points in a triumph over the Sky. She bounced back with nine points and six rebounds in the victory over the Mercury. She has also established herself on the defensive end by averaging two blocks and over a steal a game.

Honorable Mention:
  • Matee Ajavon, Houston Comets (10 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 22.0 MPG)
  • Alexis Hornbuckle, Detroit Shock (7.3 PPG, 3 SPG, 21.3 MPG)
  • Jolene Anderson, Connecticut Sun (6.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 21.7 MPG)
  • Laura Harper, Sacramento Monarchs (6.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 18.6 MPG)
  • Essence Carson, New York Liberty (6.5 PPG, 1.8 SPG, 12.8 MPG)
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