Top 15 Voting: Dawn Staley

Dawn Staley was a five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist
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In Brief

  • Five-Time WNBA All-Star
  • Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000, 2004)

    Voted to the WNBA’s All-Decade Team in 2006, Staley remains one of the most recognizable names in women’s basketball history. So great was her impact on the game that the WNBA has named an award in her honor – the “Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award.” She is a five-time WNBA All-Star and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Staley ranks fifth all time in assists (1,337) and fourth in assists per game (5.1). The Charlotte Sting selected her ninth overall in the 1999 WNBA Draft.

    What They're Saying

    "Not much needs to be said because this eventual Hall of Famer (as soon as she is eligible for consideration) has had her game always do the talking with her magic in the backcourt. A three-time gold medalist who evokes one of the best memorable quotes after the league was launched, when Magic Johnson said Staley was a player he would pay to see play."

    -- Mel Greenberg, Woman Hoops Guru

    "A court-navigating wizard who brought both tenacity and panache to the floor."

    -- Mechelle Voepel, ESPN

    "Much like Becky Hammon, Staley’s belief in herself and mental toughness led to her legendary career. There aren’t many players who have as much heart as Staley does. Her greatest contribution is the influence she’s had on the current generation of point guards; the significance of that cannot be overstated."

    -- Ben York, SLAM Magazine

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