Making a case for starters for the 2007 All-Star Game in Washington

Ballot Breakdown 2007: Eastern Conference Guards

May 30, 2007 -- Balloting for WNBA All-Star 2007 is underway. To give you a better idea of the top voting options, will break down all six positions -- Western Conference guards, forwards and centers, and Eastern guards, forwards and centers -- over the coming weeks.

Today's Ballot Breakdown covers the Eastern Conference guards, listed in alphabetical order. Read about Beard, Douglas, Nolan and all the rest, then cast your vote and help select the starters for the 2007 All-Star Game in Washington on July 15. (Note: All stats are through May 29.)

Alana Beard, Washington Mystics
Averages: 20.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG
Breakdown: Since her return from an offseason shoulder injury, Beard has been hot, though her team has not. Her scoring might go down a touch with the Mystics' acquisition of Monique Currie, but she's still among the elite guards in the league. She'll be a part of this All-Star Game in her home arena.

Tully Bevilaqua, Indiana Fever
Averages: 3.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.7 APG
Breakdown: Her numbers are less than impressive to this point, but Bevilaqua is a perfect floor leader for the stacked Fever. She has averaged only 23 minutes a game in Indiana's three easy wins, but that number (along with her scoring and assists) will improve as the games grow more competitive.

Anna DeForge, Indiana Fever
Averages: 9.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.3 APG
Breakdown: Another player who makes a solid contribution to the Fever, DeForge is a consistent scorer who stands to get more playing time as the season goes on, though Tan White has been grabbing many of her minutes to this point.

Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun
Averages: 15.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.0 APG
Breakdown: The 2006 All-Star Game MVP is one of the league's finest all-around players. Her scoring average is a bit off of last year's career-high of 16.4, but both she and her Sun teammates are likely to rebound after a rough start to the season.

Deanna Nolan, Detroit Shock
Averages: 16.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.5 APG
Breakdown: Unquestionably one of the quickest and most exciting players in the league, Nolan, the MVP of the 2006 WNBA Finals, has also been the Shock's most consistent player so far in 2007. She can score, she's among the league leaders in steals per game and she's hitting 50% of her shots from 3-point range.

Katie Smith, Detroit Shock
Averages: 8.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.0 APG
Breakdown: Smith is the emotional leader for the defending champs. She's incredibly solid at both ends of the court, despite often playing out of position at point guard and is among the league's top 3-point shooters.

Nikki Teasley, Washington Mystics
Averages: 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 6.3 APG
Breakdown: The WNBA's leader in assists in 2006 is tops in the same category through three games in 2007. Sure, her team is 0-3 and she's not a huge scoring threat, but with the All-Star Game coming to her home arena, her consistency as a point guard should be rewarded.

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun
Averages: 11.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.7 APG
Breakdown: If not for an off game at San Antonio during which she went scoreless in only 11 minutes on the court, Whalen would be sporting an impressive points-per-game average. The Sun seem to be slipping a bit, but with the solid players around her, this 2006 All-Star's numbers should continue to thrive.