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Diana Taurasi #3 Guard

Diana Taurasi

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CAREER CAPSULE
  • Two-time WNBA Champion (2009, 2007)
  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2008, 2004)
  • Five-time Euroleague Champion (2013, 2010, 2008, 2008, 2007)
  • 2009 WNBA MVP
  • 2009 WNBA Finals MVP
  • Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2008, 2006)
  • Two-time Euroleague Player of the Year (2010, 2009)
  • Five-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)… There was no All-Star game in 2004, 2008, 2010 or 2012
  • Seven-time All-WNBA First Team (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2005)
  • WNBA-best five-time Peak Performer as the league’s leading scorer… four-straight from 2008-11… five times in the last seven seasons… won the closest scoring race in WNBA history in 2011, outscoring Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry by .07 points per game
  • Named one the 15 greatest players in WNBA history during the league’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2011
  • WNBA All-Decade Team Honorable Mention in 2006
  • 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • No. 1 overall pick by Phoenix in the 2004 WNBA Draft
  • Six-time ESPY award winner including three times for Best WNBA Player (2012, 2011, 2010), twice for Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and once as the Best Female Athlete (2004)
  • 14-time Player of the Week (once in 2011, three times in 2010, once in 2009, four times in 2008, twice in 2007, twice in 2006, once in 2005), fourth-most in WNBA history
  • Mercury all-time franchise leader in 16 categories: seasons, games played, minutes played, points scored, scoring average, field goals made, field goal attempts, 3-pointers, 3-point attempts, free throws made, free throw attempts, rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, steals, blocks.
  • Was just the second player in WNBA history to record 5,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists
  • Was the fastest player in WNBA history to record 4,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 900 assists (224 games)
  • Was the fastest player in league history to eclipse 4,000 career points (197 games)
  • Was the first player in league history to record 500 or more points in each of her first five seasons… scored 500 or more points in eight consecutive WNBA seasons (2004-11), the longest streak by any player in league history
  • The only player in WNBA history to score 600 or more points in six consecutive seasons (2006-2011).
  • Only player in WNBA history to record 800 points in a season… has done so twice (860 in 2006, 820 in 2008)
  • Since entering the league in 2004, has scored a league-high 5,535 points, over 1,100 more than second place (Lauren Jackson-4,385)
  • Owns the WNBA record for most consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer (55 games, July 22, 2007-June 25, 2009)
  • Scored in double figures in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games (July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010)
  • Owns league scoring records for scoring average in a season (25.3 ppg, 2006), points in a season (860, 2006), and shares single-game record (47, Aug. 10, 2006 at Houston, 3OT)
  • Second player all-time to record multiple 40-point games in the same season (2006; Katie Smith)… Has most career 40-point games in WNBA history (three)
  • Five career back-to-back 30-point performances, most in WNBA history (one in 2008, two in 2006, two in 2010)
  • 34 career 30-point efforts, most in WNBA history
  • Scored 20 or more points in a WNBA-record 13 consecutive games (final 12 games of 2006 and first game of 2007)
  • Has scored 20 or more points 151 times in her career, the most in WNBA history
  • Scored 10 or more points in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games from July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010.
  • Became the fourth player in league history with 600 made threes
  • Owns seven career double-doubles, including two with points/assists

    2012 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in just eight games (4-4 Mercury record), the fewest of her nine-year WNBA career… Had never played fewer than 31 games in her previous eight seasons.
  • Missed 17 games rehabilitating a strained left hip flexor
  • July 11: Named “Best WNBA Player” at the 2012 ESPYs, her third straight ESPY in that category and sixth career ESPY award. Others: “Best Female College Athlete” (2003 and 2004) and “Best Female Athlete” (2004).
  • Led USA Women’s Basketball to its fifth-consecutive gold medal, her third (2012, 2008, 2004), with a team-high 12.4 points per game and 2.9 assists
  • Named USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career (2012, 2010, 2006)

    2011 All-WNBA First Team

  • Voted by fans as a starter for her fifth career All-Star game
  • 2011 Peak Performer for leading the league in scoring with 21.6 points per game… Won the closest scoring race in WNBA history (.07 points over Angel McCoughtry)
  • Led the league in scoring for the fourth straight season, fifth time in the last six years
  • Scored 23.4 points per game in the month of August, the seventh best scoring month in franchise history
  • Scored 15+ points in a franchise-record 18 straight games to end the season (active streak entering 2012)
  • Scored 20+ points 23 times
  • Scored 20+ points in nine straight games from Aug. 2-30, her longest streak since a WNBA-record 13 straight in 2007
  • Scored 30+ points three times
  • Shot 44.9 percent from the field, the second best performance of her career (45.2, 2006)
  • Sept. 9: Scored 28 first-half points, three shy of the WNBA record… Made six first-half 3-pointers, tying the WNBA record she shares with Sue Bird
  • Sept. 1: Scored 18 points on two made field goals, the second most points scored on two or fewer field goals in WNBA history
  • Sept. 1: Made 13-of-13 free throws, second most made in a game without a miss in WNBA history (shares the record with two others, 14)
  • Aug. 20-23: Missed two games with back spasms
  • Aug. 15: Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the 14th time in her career
  • July 28: Recorded the 1,000th assist of her career… Became just the second player in WNBA history with 5,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists (Katie Smith).
  • July 23: Was named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history
  • July 15: Became the fifth player in WNBA history to score 5,000 career points… quickest to do so in just 243 games.
  • July 13: Won ESPY for Best WNBA Player for the second straight year… her fifth career ESPY.
  • July 13: Recorded her 300th career steal
  • June 28: Became the fourth player in league history with 600 made threes
  • June 4: Scored 31 points, the best performance of her career in a WNBA season opener… Three points shy of the best season opening performance in WNBA history

    2010 WNBA SEASON

  • 2010 Peak Performer for leading the league in scoring with 22.6 points per game… third consecutive award… WNBA-record fourth overall
  • Was named the Best WNBA Player at the 2010 ESPY Awards on July 14, her fourth career ESPY award
  • Recorded eight 30-point performances
  • Recorded two double-doubles... the sixth and seventh of her career
  • Became the fastest player in WNBA history to record 4,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 900 assists (224 games)
  • On Aug. 1 recorded just the second 30-point, 10-assist performance in WNBA history (Jia Perkins, 2007)
  • Three-time Western Conference Player of the Week (June 14, July 26, Aug. 2)
  • Scored a season-high 44 points on July 14 vs. Seattle (3OT)… third career 40-point performance, most in WNBA history
  • Tied her own WNBA record with 33 field goal attempts vs. Seattle on July 14 (3OT)
  • Scored in double figures in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games (July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010)
  • Recorded back-to-back 30-point performances twice, extending her WNBA record to five such occurrences
  • Tallied the 800th assist of her career on June 4 vs. Los Angeles and the 900th on Aug. 3 at San Antonio
  • Played in her 200th career game on May 22 vs. Seattle, all starts, all for the Mercury
  • Recorded her 900th career rebound on May 22 vs. Seattle and 1,000th on Aug. 6 vs. San Antonio

    2009 WNBA SEASON

  • WNBA champion
  • WNBA MVP
  • WNBA Finals MVP
  • 2009 WNBA All-Star
  • 2009 All-WNBA First Team
  • Led the WNBA in scoring with 20.4 points per game, marking the third time in four seasons she’s been the league’s leading scorer
  • Averaged a career-high 5.7 rebounds per game (22nd-WNBA)
  • Posted 1.39 blocks per game (8th-NBA), and ranked first among guards
  • Shot a career-best 46.1 percent from the field (prev. 45.2, 2006)
  • Ranked seventh in the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage, shooting a career-best 40.7 percent (prev. .297, 2006)
  • Led the WNBA in three-pointers made (79)
  • Recorded 20+ points in seven of her last 10 games
  • Scored 20+ points in 20 of 31 games this season
  • Phoenix was 16-4 in 2009 when Taurasi scored at least 20 points
  • Posted two 30-point efforts, bringing her all-time league-best total to 23
  • Recorded two double-doubles
  • Scored a then-WNBA season-high 34 points on July 26 at NY
  • Recorded 34 points and a career-high 13 rebounds on July 26 at NY, the first 30-10 performance in the WNBA in over a year (C. Parker, July 9, 2008, 40-16)
  • For the second consecutive season, was only player ranking in the top 33 in the WNBA in scoring (1st), rebounds (22nd), assists (T-11th), FG PCT (23st), 3-PT FG PCT (7th), FT PCT (T-6th), steals (30th), blocks (8th) and minutes (19th)
  • Was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 16, 2009
  • Led the Mercury in scoring a team-high 17 times
  • Led the Mercury in steals a team-high 15 times
  • Recorded a season-high five steals on Sept. 10 at SEA
  • Missed two games from July 18-22 due to a team suspension
  • Became Mercury’s all-time franchise leader in minutes played on June 6 vs. SAN

    2008 WNBA SEASON:

  • Was one of two Mercury players to start all 34 games in 2008 (Miller)
  • Led the league in scoring (24.1 ppg) for the second time in three seasons (25.3 ppg in 2006), and was awarded her second career Peak Performer award
  • 2008 All-WNBA First Team
  • Scored 30+ points 10 times, and is now the league’s all-time leader in career 30-point performances with 21
  • Was only player in the league ranked in the top 30 in scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals, blocks and minutes
  • Was named Player of the Week four times in 2008 (June 2-8, June 16-22, June 23-29 and September 2-8 ), bringing her career total to nine
  • Scored a Mercury season-high 37 points at Seattle on June 11, 2008
  • Scored 20+ points in a Mercury franchise-tying 26 games, a record Taurasi first set in 2006
  • Recorded two double-doubles
  • Led the team in scoring a team-high 22 times
  • Led the team in rebounds 10 times, assists seven times, blocks 13 times, steals 14 times and minutes 12 times
  • Became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points, doing so in 151 games (previously Lauren Jackson, 162)
  • Along with Cappie Pondexter, became the first pair of teammates in WNBA history to score 30 or more points in the same game twice on June 20, 2008 (prev. June 6, 2006)
  • Shot 44.6 percent from the floor, the third consecutive season she’s shot over 44 percent
  • Re-signed with the Mercury on March 20, 2008

    2007 WNBA SEASON:

  • 2007 WNBA All-Star
  • 2007 All-WNBA First Team
  • Became just the second player in league history to record 500 or more points in each of her first four seasons (Cynthia Cooper)
  • Became just the fifth player in WNBA history to score 600 or more points in back-to-back seasons (Cooper, Katie Smith, Lauren Jackson, Seimone Augustus)
  • Second-fastest player to 2,000 points in WNBA history (Jackson and Smith); reached the mark in 104 games
  • Two-time WNBA Player of the Week in 2007 (August 6, May 28)
  • Only WNBA player ranked in top 10 in points, assists and blocks
  • Averaged 19.2 points, third-most in the league
  • Averaged at least four assists for the third-straight season (4.3, 8th-WNBA)
  • Two 30-point efforts
  • Team-high 16 20-point efforts
  • Led the team in scoring 14 times, steals 11 times, blocks 14 times
  • Led all WNBA guards in blocks with 1.06 (8th-WNBA)
  • Shot 44.0 percent from the field

    2006 WNBA SEASON:

  • 2006 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2006 WNBA Peak Performer as league’s leading scorer (25.3 ppg)
  • 2006 WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA All-Decade Team Honorable Mention
  • Two-time WNBA Player of the Week (July 3-9, August 7-13)
  • Averaged a WNBA-record 25.3 points per game (prev. 23.1, Katie Smith)
  • First player in WNBA history to break the 800-point mark in a single season
  • Scored a league-record 860 points in 2006
  • Moved into second place on the Mercury all-time scoring list, 828 points behind Jennifer Gillom
  • Set franchise records for single season double-figure scoring games (33), 20-point games (26), 30-point games (8, ties WNBA record) and 40-point games (2, ties WNBA record)
  • Second player in league history to record multiple 40-point games in the same season (Smith)
  • Third player all-time to record multiple 40-point games in a career (Smith, Cynthia Cooper)
  • Scored a league-record 47 points at Houston on August 10, 2006
  • Scored a then-franchise record 41 points at Houston on July 27, 2006
  • Eight scoring efforts of 30 or more points (includes both 40-point efforts) in 34 games in 2006; franchise entered season with nine 30-point efforts in first nine seasons (288 games)
  • Scored at least 20 points in a WNBA-record 13 consecutive games (last 12 games of 2006, first game of 2007)
  • Broke Jennifer Gillom’s franchise record for points in a season in just 26 games (624, Gillom set in 30) on July 28, 2006 at San Antonio
  • Became the fourth player to score 500 or more points in each of her first three seasons (eighth player to do it in three consecutive seasons overall)
  • Along with Cappie Pondexter, became the first pair of teammates in WNBA history to score 30 or more points in the same game on June 6, 2006
  • Scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games twice in 2006 (second player all-time)
  • Shot career-bests from the field (.452) and three-point range (.397, 8th-WNBA)
  • Dished a team-leading 4.1 assists per game (5th-WNBA)
  • Averaged a staggering 30.1 points per game in seven games in the month of August (211/7), a franchise record for a single month
  • Averaged 25.2 points in July (4th all-time, Mercury history) and 23.3 points in May (tied, 6th)
  • Committed a career-low 79 turnovers despite leading the league in scoring and the team in assists
  • Additional WNBA records that belong to DT after 2006:
    • FGM, season (298) - 3FGM, season (121)
    • FGA, game (33) - 3FGA, game (16)
    • FGA, season (660) - 3FGA, season (305)

    2005 WNBA SEASON:

  • 2005 WNBA All-Star (July 9, 2005; New York)
  • 2005 All-WNBA Second Team
  • WNBA Player of the Week (August 1-7, 2005)
  • Became just the fifth player in Mercury history to score over 1,000 career points
  • Second player in franchise history to score over 1,000 career points in her first two seasons (Gillom)
  • Nearly had a triple double on August 5, 2005 vs. Houston (27 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists)
  • Scored a then-career-high 31 points in the 2005 season finale at Seattle, the first 30-point effort of her career
  • Scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games

    2004 WNBA SEASON:

  • 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • 2004 All-WNBA First Team
  • Selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 1 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft on April 17, 2004
  • Led Mercury in scoring with 17.0 points per game
  • First player in WNBA history to start career with three consecutive 20+ point games (22, 26, 22)
  • Led all rookies in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and minutes
  • Second among rookies in rebounds and assists
  • Scored 20+ points on 13 occasions
  • Recorded first career double-double on September 3, 2004 at Houston (27 points, 11 rebounds)
  • In first season, scored third-most points in a single season in franchise history

    COLLEGE CAREER

  • Led UCONN to three consecutive national championships (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004)
  • Naismith Player of the Year Award (best female player in the nation) winner in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004)
  • Just the fourth player ever to win back-to-back Naismith awards (Cheryl Miller, Dawn Staley, Chamique Holdsclaw)
  • Named to the first women’s Wooden Award All-American team for senior season
  • 2003-04 Big East Player of the Year
  • 2004 AP All-American
  • 2002, 2003, 2004 All-BIG EAST First Team
  • First player in UConn history to finish career with 2,000 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds
  • 2003 USBWA National Player of the Year
  • 2003 Honda Trophy Award winner for basketball
  • 2003 Wade Trophy recipient
  • 2003 BIG EAST All-Tournament team
  • 2001 Kodak All-American and AP Second Team All-American
  • 2001-02 Naismith Player of the Year and Honda Award for Women’s Basketball Finalist
  • Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Region in 2001
  • Named 2001 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player, the first rookie ever to earn the honor
  • 2001 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team

    INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

  • Won gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships
  • Five-time Euroleague Champion (2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Two-time Euroleague Player of the Year (2010, 2009)
  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2008, 2004)
  • Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2010, 2006)
  • Member of the bronze medal-winning 2006 USA National Team at the World Championships in Brazil
  • Youngest member of the gold medal-winning 2004 US Women’s National Team in the Athens Olympics
  • Earned a bronze medal as a member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship team
  • Earned a gold medal as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Qualifying team
  • Member of the 2001 All-FIBA Junior World Championship team
  • Named July 2001 USA Basketball “Female Athlete of the Month”
  • Spent the 2012-13 offseason playing for UMMC in Russia where she averaged 15.5 points and 4.7 assists per game
  • Spent 2011-12 offseason playing for Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey where she led the league in scoring with 20.9 points per game.
  • Spent 2010-11 offseason playing for Fenerbahce in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Spent 2009-10 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia where she led the league in scoring with 24.9 points per game
  • Spent 2008-09 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia where she led the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game
  • Spent 2007-08 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia
  • Spent 2006-07 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia
  • Spent 2005-06 offseason playing for Dynamo in Russia

  • Personal

  • Born Diana Lurena Taurasi, goes by the nickname “Dee”
  • Mother Lili is from Argentina and father Mario Taurasi, once a pro soccer goalie, hails from Taurasi, Italy
  • Has an older sister, Jessika
  • Spanish is the language of choice spoken in the Taurasi household
  • Sociology major at UCONN
  • Scored 3,047 career points at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA
  • Received the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award, presented by the LA Times to the best player in Southern California
  • Lists “Above the Rim” as her favorite basketball movie and “Duck Tales” as her favorite cartoon growing up
  • Would like to play one-on-one against Magic Johnson
  • Wears No. 3 because “coach made me”
  • First car was a 1986 Toyota Corolla that was “the ugliest thing”
  • For breakfast, dips saltine crackers in hot tea: “It’s an Argentinean thing.”
  • Her Mercury jersey was the sixth-best seller in the WNBA in 2008
  • In 2006, launched official website: dianataurasi.com
  • One of the first professional athletes with an official myspace page: www.myspace.com/dianataurasi
  • Career Transactions

    Selected in the first round (first overall) of WNBA Draft 2004.