All-Star Resume: Rebekkah Brunson
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Editor's Note: With the WNBA All-Star Game less than a month away, Lynxbasketball.com will be profiling Lynx players and breaking down their All-Star resumes. Today, we will continue our series with power forward Rebekkah Brunson. Last week, Kyle Ratke went back in time to relive the best Lynx All-Star games. To view that article, click here. He also broke down the resumes of Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore.
Remember, you can vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will be on July 27, by clicking here.
Name: Rebekkah Brunson
Position: Power forward
Past All-Star Games: 2007, 2010, 2011
How has she done in those games?
2007: In her first All-Star Game as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs, Brunson did not play after being voted in as a reserve. So yeah, that's not a lot of fun. The West lost 103-99. It was only her fourth season in the league, so there was plenty of time for Brunson. No time to panic yet.
2010: Brunson got a little more time in her second All-Star Game. The WNBA Stars went up against the USA Basketball Team and Brunson played 19 minutes off the bench, scored six points, hauled in two rebounds and had a team-high two blocks.
The WNBA lost, 99-72.
2011: Finally, Brunson broke through during the All-Star Game. She started, played a game-high 24 minutes, and scored 20 points and hauled in nine rebounds. That's the Brunson we know and love!
She shot 9-for-13 from the field and also had a game-high three steals. Not too shabby.
Unfortunately the West lost 118-113.
The Lynx won the 2011 title that season, so I guess it kind of evened things out...
She may not be the most talked about Lynx player, but her accolades speak for her.
Back in 2004, she was drafted in the first-round after a great career at Georgetown. She is the program's all-time leading rebounder. That was certainly a sign of things to come.
She helped the Monarchs win the 2005 WNBA Championship and led the team in offensive rebounds (130) for the 2007 campaign.
Unfortunately, the Monarchs suspended operations in 2009. Fortunately, the Lynx were able to acquire Brunson in the dispersal draft to fill in as the team's starting power forward.
Apart from her three All-Star appearances, Brunson is a two-time WNBA Champion and was named to the 2011 WNBA All-Defensive First Team in 2011.
Brunson ranks 14th in league history averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. That number is only going up. Over the last four seasons (all with Minnesota), she's averaged 8.9 rebounds or more per game. She ranks tenth in total rebounds (2,197) in WNBA history.
When it comes to her history with the Lynx, Brunson came into the season ranked fourth in total rebounds, and will likely take first place by the end of 2013. During Tuesday's 94-72 win over the Atlanta Dream, Brunson secured the 60th double-double of her career and the 34th as a member of the Lynx. Those 34 are first in team history, but in all reality, Nicky Anosike is No. 2 on the list with 17, so she's been adding to her record for quite some time.
For her career, Brunson is averaging 9.5 points to go along with 7.3 rebounds. She's also shot 50 percent or better in two straight seasons.
Why should she be an All-Star in 2013?
To begin the season, ESPNW ranked Brunson as the league's top power forward and that prediction turned out to be pretty spot on.
Brunson is nearly averaging a double-double this season, scoring 9.6 points to go along with 9.3 rebounds. This season she's already recorded five double-doubles, and has two in her last three games. Remember, we are only 11 games into the season. Brunson's best game came on June 8 against the Washington Monarchs when she put up 21 points and hauled in 17 rebounds.
In the West, Brunson ranks second in rebounds, sitting only behind Tulsa's Glory Johnson. She is fourth in blocks, averaging just less than one block per game. And those five double-doubles we were talking about rank third in the entire league and second in the West.
Her shooting percentage has dipped to 47.1 percent (which isn't low, but low for what Brunson is used to), but one has to think Brunson won't go 1-for-9 against San Antonio again. That wasn't her best game.
Brunson is one of the hardest working forwards in the game. Every day after practice, Brunson spends time with assistant coach Jim Petersen shooting shots from the elbow. And not just five or 10 minutes, but more like 30 to 40 minutes. That's what we call dedication in the business.
They said it:
Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve, who knows Brunson is a big part of this team:
"I think she's under the radar for the media as opposed to opposing coaches because she's a part every scouting report, a big, big part. I think that's more external than to players or coaches in this league. Everyone in this league knows how good she is. I think she goes under the radar as far as a media standpoint or a national standpoint. I don't think she really cares much, she just goes about her business.. You need a rebounder, she exemplifies everything you'd want as an Olympic athlete."
Is Reeve predicting Brunson could be a future Olympian?
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