Fresh off her second WNBA title, Maya Moore appeared poised to make a leap in her fourth pro season. But no one could have expected this.
The 24-year-old began the 2014 season with a league-record four straight 30-point games. Though Minnesota's 5-0 start, she's averaging an incredible 29.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, shooting 53% from the field, 50% from three-point range and 93% from the free-throw line.
Here's a look inside the otherworldly numbers (all stats as of May 28):
16.0 Moore's scoring average through her first three seasons.
Her output increased from 13.2 points per game as a rookie to 16.4 and then 18.5. And remarkably, her field goal, three-point and free throw percentages have increased in every season, as well, even as she's taken on more responsibility.
25.3 The WNBA record for single-season scoring average.
Moore is on track to rival one of the most explosive scorers in the history of women's basketball, Diana Taurasi, who averaged 25.3 points in 2006 and 24.1 two years later. You can bet we will be on Maya Watch all season long to see if she can keep pace with the league's No. 5 all-time leading scorer.
8 Moore ranks eighth in the league in rebounding.
The 6-foot forward isn't just thriving as a scorer. She's also shattering her career averages in rebounds (8.8) and steals per game (2.2) in the early going -- even more impressive considering that the rest of the Top 8 rebounders are inside specialists without the same dynamic perimeter skills.
61.1 Moore's effective field goal percentage.
The deeper you dive into Maya's numbers, the more impressive they get. Her eFG% -- which adjusts for three-pointers being worth more than two-pointers -- show just how efficient she is as a scorer. It's on par with LeBron James' career-high eFG% of 61.0% set with the Miami Heat this season.
32.0 Moore's usage percentage this season.
To get even more advanced, this represents the amount of the Lynx's possessions that Moore has used (meaning she's either taken a shot, earned free throws or turned the ball over). It's yet another indicator of the heavy load she's career thus far -- and of her MVP-caliber ability to score efficiently nonetheless.