WNBA Player Rankings: Week 2

SECAUCUS, N.J., May 29, 2007 -- Glance over the WNBA scoring leaders and the usual suspects are all there.

Last year's point champion, the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, is first, of course. Reigning Rookie of the Year Seimone Augustus of the Lynx occupies the second spot. Checking in at No. 3 is former league Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson of the Storm.

And holding down the fourth position is Erin Thorn. Wait... "Who?" you ask. Erin Thorn of the Liberty, the guard that has ...

Hang on, how exactly did a Honda Accord end up in a parking lot full of Mercedes Benzes?

I know the season is less than two weeks old, but if her performance through two games is any indication, this year is going to be Thorn's coming out party.

Line of the Week
Diana Taurasi (Mercury)
May 25 win vs. Comets
37 points, 11-18 FG, 6-9 3 FG

New York reshaped its franchise on draft day, shipping off its heart and soul, Becky Hammon, to San Antonio. Not only was Hammon an excellent ball handler and long-distance shooter, she was also the most popular player with Liberty fans.

It is never easy to replace a legend, but like Jon Stewart taking over for Craig Kilborn on The Daily Show, it is possible that Thorn could make the Hammon-less Liberty better.

The four-year reserve out of Brigham Young has been thrust into a starting role. She dropped in a career-high 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, and added five rebounds and four assists in a season-opening win against the Sky. She followed up that effort by scoring 17 and pulling down eight rebounds in a victory over the Mystics.

She came into the season with a career average of 3.8 points per game, but the spike in her numbers isn't a huge surprise considering what she did when she got the chance to play last season.

Thorn averaged over 18 points during an eight-game span last July when Hammon was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

So without further ado, here are the player rankings for the season through May 28.

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    1. Tamika Catchings, Indiana
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    18.0 7.5 4.5 1.0 1.0 .500 .909
  • Last Week's Rank - 1
    The Swiss Army Knife of women's hoops has been up to her usual tricks, filling up the box score, playing her usual nose-to-nose defense and leading her team to two victories in two games.

  • 2. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    23.7 3.7 4.0 2.3 0.7 .488 .950
  • Last Week's Rank - 2
    WNBA.com's newest blogger struggled against her friend and co-blogger Sue Bird and the Storm, scoring just 14 points on 3-for-11 shooting in a loss. How did she respond to an off night? By hanging 37 points on the Comets two days later in an easy Phoenix win.

  • 3. Lauren Jackson, Seattle
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    23.3 9.3 2.0 0.7 2.7 .429 .955
  • Last Week's Rank - 3
    She shook loose for 31 points, which is four short of her team record, as Seattle cracked 100 points for the first time in its history in a win over the Mercury last week.

  • 4. Deanna Nolan, Detroit
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    16.5 5.5 4.5 2.0 0.5 .520 1.000
  • Last Week's Rank -11
    Is it just me or does Nolan remind you of Nuggets' guard Allen Iverson? She is extremely quick with the ball, can stop on a dime and drain the jumper and appears fearless on the court.

  • 5. Erin Thorn, New York
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    22.5 6.5 3.0 0.5 0.0 .519 .857
  • Last Week's Rank - Unranked
    Thorn, who is 11-for-16 from 3-point range for the season, led the league in 3-point percentage a year ago, shooting the trey at a .431 clip.

  • 6. Becky Hammon, San Antonio
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    17.7 2.7 5.0 1.3 0.3 .474 .917
  • Last Week's Rank - Unranked
    Obviously Hammon knows the best way to make new friends is by giving out gifts. She has handed out 15 assists in her first three games for the Silver Stars, including nine in a win over the Storm.

  • 7. Katie Douglas, Connecticut
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    15.0 5.3 5.0 0.7 0.0 .441 1.000
  • Last Week's Rank - 6
    Douglas had her all-around abilities on display last week, scoring 21 points, handing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds against the Silver Stars. Unfortunately for Sun fans, Connecticut still lost the game.

  • 8. Cheryl Ford, Detroit
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    12.5 5.0 0.5 3.0 0.5 .583 .786
  • Last Week's Rank - 7
    With Plenette Pierson and Deanna Nolan handling most of the scoring responsibilities for the defending champions, Ford is free to concentrate on other parts of her game. Like defense: She had six steals against the Lynx last Tuesday.

  • 9. Tina Thompson, Houston
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    20.0 6.5 2.0 1.0 1.5 .464 1.000
  • Last Week's Rank - 4
    The Comets are still searching for their first win of the season, but don't blame Thompson, who had 32 points and nine rebounds against the Mercury. Houston still lost the game by 26.

  • 10. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Los Angeles
    PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT%
    12.0 6.7 3.0 2.3 0.7 .375 .923
  • Last Week's Rank - 8
    The uniform may be different, but McWilliams-Franklin is still performing at the same high level. She had 15 points and seven rebounds in a 20-point rout of the Sun, her former team, on Saturday.
  • On the Outside Looking In (season averages - last week's rank)
    11. Seimone Augustus (MIN): 23.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 APG - (9)
    12. Cappie Pondexter (PHX): 19.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 5.0 APG - (12)
    13. Alana Beard (WAS): 20.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG - (5)
    14. Chamique Holdsclaw (LAS): 16.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.7 APG - (14)
    15. Sue Bird (SEA): 11.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 4.3 APG - (15)

  • Dropped out: Sheryl Swoopes (Houston), Lindsay Whalen (Connecticut).
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