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DeWanna Bonner's Bio

About DeWanna Bonner

DEWANNA BONNER #24

Height: 6-4

Weight: 143

Birthdate: August 21, 1987

Birthplace: Fairfield, Alabama

College: Auburn, ‘09

Acquired: Selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft on April 9, 2009.

 

WNBA CAREER

Two-Time WNBA champion with Phoenix (2014 and 2009)

Two-Time WNBA All-Star (2018, 2015)

2018 Associated Press WNBA Comeback Player of the Year…missed 2017 season after giving birth to twins

Named to All-WNBA First team in 2015

Three-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2011, 2010, 2009)…only player in league history to win the award multiple times…only player in league history to win a voted-on postseason award in three consecutive seasons

Was one-of-five nominees (Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles) for ‘Best WNBA Player’ during the 2016 ESPYS

Originally selected with the fifth overall pick (first round) in the 2009 WNBA Draft on April 9, 2009

Ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time scoring list with 4,235 points, trailing only WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi…moved into second place in 2016

Led the Mercury in scoring in 2015 with 15.8 points per game and in 2012 with a career-high 20.6 points…one of only two players (Brittney Griner) not named Diana Taurasi to lead the Mercury in scoring since 2004

Combined for 1,967 total points with Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner in 2018 setting the mark for most points scored in a season by a trio of teammates in WNBA history…the trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7, 2018 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history

Has played in 301 of a possible 306 games in her nine WNBA seasons…missed two games in 2010 (mild concussion), two games in 2012 (sore back) and the final game of 2014 for rest…ranks second on Mercury’s all-time list for games played, trailing only Diana Taurasi

Matched or outscored opponent’s entire bench 10 times when coming off the bench herself in her career

Has scored at least 20 points off the bench 11 times in her career, the most in franchise history…owns seven of the top 10 scoring efforts off the bench in franchise history

Matched her career high in points on June 18, 2016 scoring 38 points off the bench in a triple-overtime game vs. Dallas…her 38 points are the most points scored by a player off the bench in WNBA history

Scored 4,000th career point on July 15, 2018 at Indiana, becoming second player in franchise history to reach 4,000 career points (Taurasi)…3,000th career point came on August 7, 2015 vs. Minnesota…2,000th career point came on July 10, 2011 vs. San Antonio…1,000th career point came on August 11, 2011 vs. Atlanta

Mercury’s all-time leader in rebounds with 1,812 career rebounds…passed Diana Taurasi on the list during 2018 season

Grabbed 1,000th career rebound on August 9, 2013 vs. Tulsa…grabbed 500th career rebound August 2, 2011 at Minnesota

Ranks second in Mercury franchise history for career double-doubles with 33…trails only Brittney Griner’s mark of 37

Owns 38 career double-digit rebound games, the second-most in franchise history behind Brittney Griner (39) entering 2019

Owns the third-highest career rebounding average in franchise history (6.0) among players with 100-career games for the Mercury.

Owns 17 career 20-point, 10-rebound games, the most in franchise history

Recorded five 20-point, 10-rebound games during the 2012 season, tying Jennifer Gillom (1998) and Brittney Griner (2017) for the second-most in a single season…trails only Brittney Griner’s 2018 mark of six for most in a season

Became first rookie in franchise history to record a double-double in a WNBA debut with 16 points and 11 rebounds on June 6, 2009

One of just seven players in franchise history to record multiple 30-point games in a single season (three in 2012), joining Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Penny Taylor, Cappie Pondexter, Jennifer Gillom and Brandy Reed

Five-time recipient of the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award…won on September 4, 2011, June 3, 2012, September 2, 2012, June 14, 2015 and August 20, 2018…tied for third-most times winning award in franchise history (Cappie Pondexter), trialing only Brittney Griner (6) and Diana Taurasi (20)

Re-Signed with the Mercury on March 22, 2019…re-signed with the Mercury on February 13, 2018…Signed a multi-year contract extension as a restricted free agent on February 16, 2016…signed a multi-year contract extension as a restricted free agent on March 31, 2015…..signed a multi-year contract extension as a restricted free agent on April 11, 2013

2018 SEASON

Named a WNBA All-Star for the second time in her career (2015)

Named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing the 2017 season following giving birth to twins

Averaged 17.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 34 games in 2018, her 17.1 points per game was the second-highest scoring output in her career (20.6 ppg in 2012) and the highest scoring average she’s held in a season with Diana Taurasi playing the entire year…her 7.2 rebounds per game matched her single season career high (2012)

Averaged 21.3 points and 10.2 rebounds over the final nine games of the season…started at the power forward position in eight of those final nine games, averaging 22.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in such games

Named the final Western Conference Player of the Week for the final week of the season on August 20, 2018 after averaging 22.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 4.5 assists in two games that week

Teamed with Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi to make the Mercury the only team in the WNBA with a trio of teammates to rank in the top-15 in scoring for a second time in three seasons (did so in 2016 as well)

Combined with Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner to score 1,967 points in 2018, the most points by a trio of teammates in a single season in WNBA history (previous high was 1,842 points in 2008 by Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Le’Coe Willingham)…The trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history

Only WNBA player to rank in the top-25 in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and free throw percentage (min. 30 games played)

Scored in double figures in 31 of the 34 games she appeared in, including 14-straight 10+ scoring performances to close the regular season…her 31 10+ point games matched her 2012 mark for the most double figure scoring games she’s had in a season

Scored 20 or more points 13 times throughout the season, eight of which came in the final 10 games of the season…scored 30 or more points twice

Scored a season-high 31 points against Los Angeles on August 12, including a 40-foot buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter

Made 208 field goals in 2018, marking the second time in her career she’s reached 200 field goals in a season (212 in 2012)

Finished the season with a single season career-high seven double-doubles, the second-most on the Mercury’s 2018 team (Griner-10)…recorded a double-double in her first game back after missing all of 2017 with 17 points and 12 rebounds

Led the team in steals with 43 on the year…has led the team in steals in the last four seasons she’s played (2018, 2016, 2015, 2014)…third-straight year with at least 40 steals

Knocked down a career-best 55 three-pointers on the season, passing her old mark of 54 in 2013…recorded at least one three-pointer in all but five games

Led the team in minutes played per game (32.9), having now done so in the last three seasons she’s played in

Averaged a double-double in the postseason with career highs marks in scoring (24.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.1 rpg)… scored 20+ points in six of the Mercury’s seven playoff games

Ranked second in the league in scoring and first in rebounds during the WNBA Playoffs (min. 2 games played)

Scored a playoff career-high 29 points on August 21 against Dallas in Round 1 of the WNBA Playoffs…scored 23 or more points in five of the Mercury’s seven playoff games after entering 2018 playoffs with a former playoff career-high of 22 points

In addition to setting a new playoff career high in scoring, set playoff career highs in rebounding (18 – August 23 at Connecticut), steals (4 – September 2 vs. Seattle), minutes played (44 – August 28 at Seattle), field goals (12 – August 21 vs. Dallas), field goal attempts (23 – September 2 vs. Seattle), free throws (9 – September 2 vs. Seattle), free throws attempted (9 – September 2 vs. Seattle) and defensive rebounds (17 – August 23 at Connecticut)

2016 SEASON

Teamed with Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi to make the Mercury the only team in the WNBA with a trio of teammates to rank in the top-15 in scoring

Led the team in steals for the third consecutive season with 44 steals on the year…second-straight year with 44 steals

Scored in double figures in 27 of the 34 games she appeared in, including six-straight 10+ scoring performances to begin the season

Scored 20 or more points nine times throughout the season, including two 30+ point scoring efforts

Finished with a season-high 12 rebounds against Washington on May 29, which was her first of two double-figure rebounding performances of the season

Matched her career high in points on June 28 against Dallas in a triple-overtime thriller, scoring 38 points off the bench…the 38 points were the most points scored by a player off the bench in WNBA history

Knocked down 50 three-pointers on the season, which were her most threes in a seaosn since  hitting 54 from beyond the arc in 2013

Shot 32.9 percent from three-point range, her best mark from long range since 2011 when she connected on 43.4 percent from three-point range

2015 SEASON
Was one of only two WNBA players (Maya Moore) to average at least 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

Teamed with Brittney Griner to make the Mercury one of only two teams with a pair of teammates in the top-10 in scoring

Nailed a game-winning three-pointer as time expired on August 4 to beat Tulsa

Appeared in 104 straight games over the
past three seasons before missing the season
finale

Led the team in steals for the secondconsecutive
season with 44 steals on the year

Finished with a career high in assists for a season, dishing a team-high 110 assists in 2015

Recorded 18-straight double-figure scoring performances to begin the season, finishing with 28 on the year

Scored 20 or more points in five of the Mercury’s first six games of the season, and did so 11 times throughout the year

Mercury went 9-2 in games she scored at least 20 points

Finished with a season-high 10 rebounds at Atlanta on August 2, which was her only double-figure rebounding performance of the season

Scored a season-high 34 points in the win against Chicago on July 28, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and knocking down all 11 free throw attempts

Recorded a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) in a series-clinching Game 2 against Tulsa in the Western Conference Semifinals

Scored a 2015 playoff-high 21 points in the 67-60 loss to Minnesota in the Western Conference Finals

2014 SEASON

Evolved her game into being the team defensive stopper and led the team with 49 steals

Has appeared in 70 straight games…..started all 34 games in 2014

Shot 45-9-percent (129-of-181) from the field which was the second-best performance in her career and recorded 19 double-digit scoring games

May 18, 2014: Notched a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds at Los Angeles

June 10 – 16: Recorded double figures in four straight games

July 24: Scored a season-high 22 points at Los Angeles on 7-of-9 shooting

Twice recorded games of four steals, May 18 at Los Angeles and June 27 at Indiana

Averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while starting all eight Mercury playoff games…..played in 286 of 320 possible minutes during the 2014 Playoffs, the most on the Mercury

Scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a series-clinching Game 2 against Los Angeles in the Western Conference Semifinals

Grabbed nine rebounds in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals vs. Chicago

 

COLLEGE CAREER

Led the SEC in scoring in 2008-09, becoming the first Auburn player to do so

As a senior in 2008-09, posted averages of 21.1 points (9th- NCAA Division I) and 8.5 rebounds in 33.0 minutes per game

Was one of eight players in the country ranked in the top 25 in scoring and top 80 in rebounding in 2008-09

Posted eight double-doubles in 2008-09

Second player ever at Auburn to lead the team in scoring and rebounding all four years (Becky Jackson, 1981-84)

Started all 126 games in which she appeared at Auburn

Set an Auburn career scoring record with 2,162 points (prev. Becky Jackson)

Set an Auburn single-season scoring record of 716 points (prev. Carolyn Jones)

Ranks second on Auburn’s all-time rebounding list with 1,047 total rebounds

Her 600 career free throws stands as a school record, surpassing the previous mark by more than 150 made free throws

Averaged 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in four seasons at Auburn

SEC Player of the Year (2009)

Naismith, Wooden and Wade Award Finalist (2009)

State Farm/WBCA All-America First Team (2008-09)

USBWA and ESPN.com First Team All-American (2008-09)

AP Second Team All-American (2008-09

Honorable Mention All-American (2007-08

Three-time First Team All-SEC (2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07)

Associated Press First Team All-SEC (2007-08)

SEC All-Tournament Team (2007-08)

SEC All-Freshman Team (2005-06)

 

INTERNATIONAL

Played for Shandong in the Chinese League during the 2018-19 WNBA offseason…averaged team highs in points (22.1 ppg), rebounds (9.1 rpg) and blocks (1.1 bpg)…led team to a 23-11 record and the franchise’s first ever postseason appearance

Spent 2017-18 WNBA offseason playing for USK Praha in the Czech Republic…averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 11 Czech League games…averaged 13.8 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds in 13 EuroLeague games

Was one of only four players to average at least 13 points and 7 rebounds from 2013-16 in the EuroLeage (Sonja Petrovic, LaToya Sanders and Jantel Lavender)

Scored 26 points in a losing effort during the  2016 EuroLeague Title game, playing against Mercury teammates Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner in the championship match

Spent the last four offseasons playing for Nadezhda Orenburg in Orenburg, Russia…..ranked third in the EuroLeague in scoring per game (16.7) and second in rebounds per contest (9.5)…in 2014-15 averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds…..in 2014-15 averaged a team-high 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game…..averaged 22.7 points and 8.4 rebounds in 36.2 minutes during Euroleague play in 2013-14…..in 2012-13, ranked second in rebounding (10.5 rebounds per game) during Euroleague play while averaging 15.8 points in 34.7 minutes played per game

Spent the 2010-11 offseason playing for Rivas Ecopolis in Madrid, Spain. Ranked third in scoring (18.8 points per game) and ninth in rebounding (8.5 rebounds) for Euroleague play

Was named a 2011 Euroleague All-Star

Was named Euroleague Player of the Week Dec. 11, 2010 following a 33-point, 13-rebound performance

Spent 2009-10 offseason playing for Frisco Sika Brno in Brno, Czech Republic

Gold medalist – USA Basketball U21 National Team FIBA Americas U21 Championship

Gold medalist – USA Basketball U20 National Team in FIBA Americas U20 Championship

 

PERSONAL

Daughter of LaShelle Bonner and Greg McCall

Has three siblings: two sisters (Vin’Centia Dewberry & Erica McCall, who is a forward on the Indiana Fever) and one brother (Justin Mccall)

Mother of twin daughters, Cali and Demi, born in August 2017

Wears No. 24 in honor of her mother, who wore the number in high school

Attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Alabama, where she became the first athlete in school history to have her jersey retired on April 24, 2009

Favorite TV shows are SportsCenter, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sanford & Son

Aside from basketball, enjoys volleyball and cooking

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