2008 All-WNBA First and Second Teams Announced
-- Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and Lindsay Whalen Headline First Team --
NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2008 -- The 2008 All-WNBA First and Second Teams were announced by the WNBA today. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, who led all players in the voting process with 221 points, was selected to the First Team becoming just the fifth rookie to be bestowed with the honor. Sparks center Lisa Leslie, who joins the First Team for the eighth time in her career, finished second with 192 points. Connecticut Sun guard Lindsay Whalen was selected to the First Team for the first time in her career with 178 points.
Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted by a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team designation.
Parker finished her first season in the WNBA as the league's top rebounder (9.5) and finished fourth in scoring (18.5 ppg). Leslie, the 2008 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, ranked behind only Parker in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and led all centers in scoring (15.1 ppg) and all players in blocks (2.9 bpg). Whalen (14.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 5.4 apg) became only the second player in league history to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists since Nikki Teasley in 2003 (11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.4 apg). Taurasi submitted the second-best scoring season in league history (24.1 ppg) placing just behind her own league record set in 2006 (25.3 ppg). Young set a career high in scoring (17.5 ppg) and led the Silver Stars to the franchise's only first-place finish.
The 2008 All-WNBA Second Team is comprised of Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (166 points), San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (133 points), Connecticut Sun forward Asjha Jones (99 points), Detroit Shock guard/forward Deanna Nolan (95 points) and Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson (68 points).
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First Team, while each member of the Second Team will receive $5,000 .
Below are the complete results of the 2008 All-WNBA Team voting:
|2008 ALL-WNBA FIRST TEAM|
|Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||Forward||221|
|Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks||Center||192|
|Lindsay Whalen||Connecticut Sun||Guard||178|
|Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||Guard/Forward||173|
|Sophia Young||San Antonio Silver Stars||Forward||171|
|2008 ALL-WNBA SECOND TEAM|
|Sue Bird||Seattle Storm||Guard||166|
|Becky Hammon||San Antonio Silver Stars||Guard||133|
|Asjha Jones||Connecticut Sun||Forward||99|
|Deanna Nolan||Detroit Shock||Guard/Forward||95|
|Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm||Center||68|
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