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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star Game fast approaching, Lynxbasketball.com will be profiling Lynx players and breaking down their All-Star resume. Today, we will continue our series with small forward Maya Moore. Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 19, by clicking here.
Name: Seimone Augustus
Position: Shooting Guard
Past All-Star Games: 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013
How has she done in those games?
2006: Augustus made it to the All-Star Game in her rookie season with the Lynx. She was a reserve for the Western Conference team, but that didn’t stop her from leading the West with 16 points in a 98-82 loss to the Eastern Conference. Not only did she play well in the game itself, but she also won the Skills Challenge, beating many big names in the WNBA.
2007: In another Western Conference loss to the East, 103-99, Augustus scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds. She again competed in the Skills Competition during All-Star Week and finished second to Becky Hammon from the San Antonio Stars.
2011: Augustus was one of four Lynx players selected to the 2011 Western Conference All-Star squad. Again, the West lost to the East, this time by a score of 118-113. Augustus has 17 minutes off the bench and finished with nine points, three assists and two boards in the game. 2013: Finally Seimone and the West had some luck in the All-Star game. Under the coaching of Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve, the West won 102-98 over the Eastern Conference team. Augustus, a starter, had 12 points off 6-of-10 shooting and played 23 minutes, second only to WNBA Most Valuable Player, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks.
Legacy Check: Augustus played college-ball for Louisiana State University, where she was two-time SEC Player of the Year. Her jersey, No. 33, was retired at LSU after she won two Naismith Trophies, two Wooden Awards and two Wade Trophies.
Augustus was drafted first overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Lynx and did not disappoint in her rookie season. She was named Rookie of the Year for 2006, made the WNBA All-Star game and averaged a new rookie-record 21.9 points per game in that season.
She has won two WNBA titles with the Lynx, in 2011 and 2013, and had success internationally as well.
Augustus played for Team USA in the 2006 World Championships, 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London. She won gold medals in both Olympic games with Team USA.
Why should she be an All-Star in 2014? Augustus has been in the league for eight seasons, so you would think you’d seen her do it all by now. You wouldn’t be correct.
She’s averaging nearly 20 points per game in 2014, and has only gotten hotter as the season’s progressed. Augustus dropped 25 points against the Stars in San Antonio on June 1, and then scored 26 against the Sparks on June 8 (both team wins, by the way).
Augustus has had success on the court, and she’s also done it the right way. She’s a fan-favorite, especially after her spectacular performance during the Lynx’s 2011 playoff run, averaging 22 points per game and shooting 53 percent from the field.
She consistently shows vocal leadership amongst her teammates and she’s always ready to get the crowd energized at home games. She’s a great asset to the Lynx and has been for the Western Conference in four All-Star Games before.
They said it:
Head coach Cheryl Reeve on Augustus’ various abilities on the floor:
"Seimone has always been a terrific guard at the midrange game. That's been her gig since she was probably eight years old. She has a really sweet pull-up jumper. What makes her unique is that she does it under pressure, under tested situations. You think, if you're part of a team's scouting report and you're going against the team's best defender and often times, two players come over to find you and she STILL makes it. That's what makes her really impressive. That's what makes her an Olympian. She thrives on that."
That's all for Augustus. Do you think the efficient shooting guard should be in the All-Star game? Click here to vote!
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