All week long, stormbasketball.com will count down Lauren Jackson Top 10s, from her best photos to her best games, as part of our look back at her first decade in Seattle. The celebration culminates with Saturday's game against Tulsa. The first 4,000 fans will get LJ Bobbleheads, and all night long in-arena entertainment will be focused on No. 15. Get your tickets now! >>
Today, it's the best moments of Jackson's career.
Previously: LJ's Top 10 Games
Jackson holds her second WNBA MVP award.
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Sept. 5, 2007 - Named 2007 WNBA MVP
Individually, the 2007 season just might have been the best of Jackson's standout career. Healthy throughout the year, she averaged career highs in both scoring (23.8 points per game and rebounding (9.7 rebounds per game). Jackson was named Western Conference Player of the Week five times and topped the 30-point mark in a record nine games. When she was rewarded at season's end with her second MVP award, it made Jackson the first Seattle player ever to win multiple MVPs.
Aug. 24, 2007 - Named 2007 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
While it's not as prestigious an honor as MVP, winning Defensive Player of the Year might have been more personally meaningful for Jackson because she had more difficulty getting recognition for her defense. On the strength of averaging 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, Jackson beat out Tamika Catchings for the award. "It's a huge honor," she said at a press conference before the Storm's playoff matchup with Phoenix. "I don't think I've won a defensive award before in my life."
July 11, 2001 - Named first Storm All-Star
As a 20-year-old homesick for her native Australia, Jackson's adjustment to the WNBA as a rookie wasn't always early. Still, her performance in the first half of the season captured the attention of Western Conference coaches, who voted her a reserve in the All-Star Game - the first Storm player to be so honored. Jackson has now made the All-Star Game every year it has been held since she entered the league.
Aug. 15, 2009 - Scores 5,000th career point
Because of her prodigious production from the time she entered the league, Jackson has mowed down several scoring milestones. Last August at Atlanta, her first bucket of the game gave her 5,000 points in her WNBA career. Jackson became just the fourth player to amass 5,000 points and the youngest to the milestone by more than five years. Next up? Jackson is 383 points away from 6,000. She's also just 55 points beyond Katie Smith, who is third on the league's all-time scoring list.
July 24, 2007 - Ties WNBA single-game scoring record
This led yesterday's list of the best games of Jackson's Storm career, but it's worth mentioning again. Jackson's 47-point outburst in July 24 at Washington remains tied for the most points ever scored by a WNBA player. Jackson was simply amazing that evening, scoring inside and out and against every defense the Mystics used. The performance will go down as one of the best by an individual in league history..
June 13, 2006 - Named to WNBA All-Decade Team
The WNBA has bestowed no higher individual honor on its stars than the 10-player All-Decade Team selected by fans, a panel of media members and players and coaches during the 2006 10th Anniversary season. Both Jackson and Storm teammate Sue Bird joined the group of 10 WNBA legends, and were the two youngest players picked for the team.
A gleeful Jackson hoists the WNBA championship trophy after her best Storm moment.
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May 4, 2009 - Re-signs with Storm as unrestricted free agent
When Jackson became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in her career after the 2008 season, she could have signed with any team in the league for a max contract. Jackson considered Phoenix, and took her time making a decision. Ultimately, though, her heart belonged in Seattle and Jackson announced on May 4 she would stay with the Storm. "It came down basically to me loving it in Seattle," she told stormbasketball.com. "I've said for a long time it's my home there in America. I couldn't bear to leave."
April 20, 2001 - Selected by the Storm with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft
When the Storm's first selection in the 2001 WNBA Draft was put on the clock, there was little suspense. As soon as Jackson signed with the WNBA to come to America, Lin Dunn knew the Storm would select the Australian, then just 19 years old but already experienced battling the world's best players in the Sydney Olympics. It took some time for Jackson to become comfortable in Seattle, but ultimately the pick proved the beginning of a perfect marriage between player and city.
Sept. 14, 2003 - Named the 2003 WNBA MVP
In her third WNBA season, with the assistance of new Head Coach Anne Donovan, Jackson converted her enormous potential into superstar results. She led the WNBA in scoring at 21.2 points per game, finished fourth in rebounding at 9.3 rebounds per game and third in blocks at 1.9 blocks per game. Jackson recorded 13 double-doubles, doing so in seven consecutive games, and scored double-figures in all 33 games she played. At season's end, the performance was enough to make Jackson the first international MVP in WNBA history. She called the honor, "the best thing that any female basketball player could want in her career."
Oct. 12, 2004 - Wins WNBA championship
What, you expected anything else? The rest of that quote above featured Jackson saying she'd happily trade the MVP trophy for a championship. Winning has always taken precedence for Jackson far above individual accolades. With the Storm's Game Three win over the Connecticut Sun at a sold-out KeyArena, she helped the team bring home Seattle's first major pro sports championship in 25 years.