Best of the Best: Part V

Points of View: Best Teammates

In the fifth part of an ongoing series leading up to the season, WNBA players go around the league and call out the best in the business. From scorers to shooters to creative passers, we get to the heart of the matter to answer some big questions. In this edition, we look at the best pair of teammates in the WNBA. These are the potent 1-2 punches that opposing players fear and teammates love to play with. They are all legends and legands in the making.

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
"I would say Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson."

Helen Darling, Charlotte Sting
"I do like Lauren and Sue, but I also love Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson together. Tina is one of my favorite players. She would be my MVP all the time because she is so versatile. She can shoot the three-pointer, she can penetrate, she can post up and she can defend. She is the ideal."

Becky Hammon, New York Liberty
"Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, they just complement each other well, and going back to that anchor, Sue has that anchor, Lauren's one of the best in the business at the 5 spot and the 4 spot, and they complement each other, you have to have that inside-out connection. They have that and the have been playing together for a while so they have good chemistry as well, both on and off the court."

Lisa Harrison, free agent
"Obviously there are the veterans like Tina and Sheryl that have played together for so long, know each other's games, know each other's movements. It's just automatic, so any time you have that chemistry, even if you don't have the talent, chemistry makes a great difference."

Kristen Mann, Minnesota Lynx
"Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson."

Nikki McCray, Chicago Sky
"Chamique Holdsclaw and Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, Nykesha Sales and Taj McWilliams-Franklin as well as Ticha Penicheiro and Yolanda Griffith are my tandems that really standout for me."

Ruth Riley, Detroit Shock
"Probably I'd have to go with Sue (Bird) and Lauren (Jackson), two of the top players in our league and they play tremendous together, out in Seattle."

Katie Smith, Detroit Shock
"I like Swoopes and Tina Thompson now that she is fully back from her pregnancy."

Tina Thompson, Houston Comets
"Ticha Penichero and Yolanda Griffin, they do a great job of playing to each others strenghts and weaknesses and look good while doing it, you can never concentrate on one or the other, have to equally be awhere of them both, can't help too much on Ticha drive to the basket or she will give a no looker to Yo, and vice versa, but if you stick to close to Yo, Ticha has the ability to get to the basket everytime, I'm not going to even mention the battle of trying to keep Yo off the boards, that's a whole other thing in itself."

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun
"I think Swoopes and Tina Thompson, that's a pretty good combination."

Brooke Wyckoff, Chicago Sky
"Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird are two great players who complement each other so well and bring the best out of each other and their teammates. It's so much fun watching them because they just know how to move with and without the ball to help the team."

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Storm vs. Shock

Odyssey Sims scores 21 points and Glory Johnson goes for a double-double in the Shock’s 80-74 win over the Storm.

Mystics vs. Liberty

Tina Charles scores 23 points and pulls down 12 rebounds in the Liberty's 80-76 OT win over the Mystics.

Sky vs. Stars

Kayla McBride scores 16 points to help the Stars take down the Sky, 92-74.

Mystics vs. Liberty

Tina Charles scores 23 points and pulls down 12 rebounds in the Liberty's 80-76 OT win over the Mystics.

Hartley Ties It Late

Bria Hartley drives and gets the bucket to tie the game with 0.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.