Top 15 Voting: Penny Taylor

Penny Taylor won two championships with the Mercury in 2007 and 2009
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In Brief

  • Two-Time WNBA Champion (2007, 2009)
  • Two-Time All-Star
  • Two-Time Olympic Silver Medal Winner (2004, 2008)

    A two-time WNBA All-Star – with the Cleveland Rockers in 2002 and with the Phoenix Mercury in 2007 – and a First Team All-WNBA pick in 2007, this Australian native has made her mark in the WNBA. Taylor famously teamed with Diana Taurasi and Tangela Smith to lead the Mercury to a pair of WNBA titles in 2007 and 2009. She also has excelled on the international stage, twice earning an Olympic silver medal with Australia. Taylor entered 2011 with 3,379 career points (25th most in WNBA history) and 1,200 rebounds. Originally selected in the first round of the 2001 WNBA Draft by Cleveland (11th overall), Taylor joined the Mercury in 2004.

    What They're Saying

    "For all the acclaim given other members of the Phoenix Mercury who are up for consideration, it has been proven that this Australian has been one of the key extra elements that made two WNBA titles possible in Arizona."

    -- Mel Greenberg, Woman Hoops Guru

    "Penny Taylor is the consummate teammate who could be a star, but gracefully doesn’t seek to be."

    -- Mechelle Voepel, ESPN

    "Taylor is one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen, man or woman. She has made a living out of going to the hoop with a beautiful, reckless abandon. In spite of all her accolades, she still remains a vastly underrated passer, defender, and teammate."

    -- Ben York, SLAM Magazine

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