Kevin Pelton, stormbasketball.com
| Aug. 6, 2010
All week long, stormbasketball.com has been counting 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 photos of Jackson during her Storm career.
Previously: LJ's Top 10 Games | LJ's Top 10 Moments | LJ's Top 10 Plays
(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images) A really nice, clean photo of Jackson rising to score in the paint. The lights at the Staples Center always serve to bring out the full color in the Storm's road green uniforms, so a lot of my favorite shots are from games against Los Angeles.
(Aaron Last/Storm Photos) Jackson fully extended on defense, swooping in to try to deny Becky Hammon a bucket at the rim.
(Aaron Last/Storm Photos) This is from one of this year's Lauren Jackson One-Day Basketball Camps, as Aaron captured a moment with Jackson that one camper will surely never forget.
(Ray Amati/NBAE/Getty Images) The contrast between the light on Jackson, at the free throw line, and the crowd behind her makes it seem like she's all alone in the arena - which, I imagine, is sort of how LJ thinks of it when she's at the line.
(Aaron Last/Storm Photos) You've surely seen this image in promotional material. It's a great action shot of Jackson beating rival Candace Parker off the dribble during a 2008 game and preparing to attack the rim.
(Ray Amati/NBAE/Getty Images) One of my favorite discoveries from scouring through a decade's worth of images to come up with this list. Check out Jackson denying Swin Cash, now her teammate, in the paint during the 2003 All-Star Game. What really makes this photo special is the array of talent in the background - two more MVPs in addition to Jackson, plus a couple of other future Hall of Famers.
(Jeff Reinking/NBAE/Getty Images) I'm not sure I've ever used this photo of Jackson celebrating the Storm's championship in 2004, but it might be my favorite shot from the aftermath that night because of the pure glee it captures from Jackson and fellow Aussie Tully Bevilaqua, who were running around the court with Jackson so excited she jumped up on the scorers' table.
(Jeff Reinking/NBAE/Getty Images) Again, there was no shortage of options as far as photos of the Storm's long-running duo of Jackson and Sue Bird together. I've always had a soft spot for this one, however, which was taken right before the two became opponents in the 2004 Olympics. That wouldn't stop them from being close friends. (Also note the cameo from David Locke, who had just interviewed the two players on the floor after the Storm's win over Charlotte.)
(Aaron Last/Storm Photos) Fundamentally, what we're celebrating this week is the love affair between a city and a player, and I think that's best summed up by this photo - also taken, oddly, right before Jackson left for the Olympics. KeyArena sent her off with a standing ovation as Jackson waved goodbye.
(Terrence Vaccaro/NBAE/Getty Images) One thing I badly wanted to capture in this list was Jackson's intensity on the floor. There are plenty of photos of Jackson celebrating, but I wanted to see Jackson the competitor. This shot, from Phoenix's most recent visit to the Key just a week and a half ago, offers precisely that. Unintentionally, Mercury players Kara Braxton and Penny Taylor formed a perfect frame.