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Diana Taurasi's Bio

About Diana Taurasi

WNBA CAREER

AWARDS

Three-time WNBA Champion (2014, 2009, 2007)

Four-time Olympic gold medalist (2016, 2012, 2008, 2004)…One of only five athletes in history with four Olympic gold medals in basketball…no basketball athlete has five gold medals

Six-time Euroleague Champion (2016, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

2009 WNBA MVP

Two-time WNBA Finals MVP (2014, 2009)…..one-of-four players in league history to win the WNBA Finals MVP more than once (Cynthia Cooper, 4; Lisa Leslie, 2; Sylvia Fowles, 2)

Four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2016, 2012, 2008, 2006)

Three-time Euroleague Final Four MVP (2016, 2010, 2009)

Nine-Time WNBA All-Star (2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005)…..no All-Star game in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012 or 2016, and Taurasi did not play in 2015…voted a starter in all nine appearances

10-time All-WNBA First Team (2018, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004)…most All-WNBA First Team selections in WNBA history

Three-time All-WNBA Second Team (2017, 2016, 2005)

Six-time ESPY award winner including three times for Best WNBA Player (2012, 2011, 2010), twice for Best Female College Athlete (2003, 2004) and once as the Best Female Athlete (2004)

20-time WNBA Player of the Week (once in 2017, once in 2016, twice in 2014, twice in 2013, once in 2011, three times in 2010, once in 2009, four times in 2008, twice in 2007, twice in 2006, once in 2005)

Four-time WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month (August 2018, June 2018, June 2014, June 2013)…accounts for all four times a Mercury player has won the award in franchise history

Mercury all-time franchise leader in 16 categories: seasons, games played, games started, minutes played, points scored, scoring average, field goals made, field goal attempts, 3-pointers, 3-point attempts, free throws made, free throw attempts, defensive rebounds, assists, steals and championships

Named one of the 20 greatest players in WNBA history during the league’s 20th anniversary in 2016

Named one the 15 greatest players in WNBA history during the league’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2011

WNBA All-Decade Team Honorable Mention in 2006

2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year

No. 1 overall pick by Phoenix in the 2004 WNBA Draft

 

SCORING

WNBA’s all-time leading scorer with 8,549 career points entering 2019… moved past Tina Thompson (7,488 points in 496 career games) on June 18, 2017 vs. Los Angeles at Staples Center…basket came with 45.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter while playing in her 377th-career game

WNBA all-time leader in made field goals with 2,721…passed Tina Thompson (2,630) as the leader on July 5, 2018 against Connecticut

Owns WNBA and NBA record for most points scored in a single game without a two-point field goal attempt (28 on June 17, 2018 at Las Vegas)…previously held by Robert Horry with 27 points

All-Time leader on the WNBA Playoffs scoring list (1,228 career playoff points)… passed Tamika Catchings (1,141 points) as leader on August 26, 2018 at Seattle in Game 1 of WNBA Semifinals

WNBA-best five-time Peak Performer as the league’s leading scorer…four-straight from 2008-11…won the closest scoring race in WNBA history in 2011, outscoring Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry by .07 points per game

Scored 24 points—including basket that clinched the 2014 WNBA Championship for the Phoenix Mercury—in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals which made her the then all-time leading scorer in WNBA Finals history (now ranks sixth)…she has scored 262 points in 13 career WNBA Finals games

Became the first player in WNBA history to reach 8,000 career points on June 5, 2018 at New York in 406th career game

Became the first player in WNBA history to achieve 7,000 career points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists on May 17, 2017 against Indiana

Became fastest player in league history to reach 7,000 career points on June 24, 2016 at Washington, doing so in 348 career games, 80 games fewer than previous record holder Tamika Catchings…just the third player to reach that mark, joining Catchings and Tina Thompson

On August 11, 2013 became the fastest player in WNBA history to surpass 6,000 points, doing so in just 291 career games, 25 fewer games than previous record holder Lauren Jackson…became just the sixth player in league history to reach the mark, joining Tina Thompson, Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith, Lauren Jackson, and Tamika Catchings

Was just the second player in WNBA history to record 5,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists

Was the fastest player in WNBA history to record 4,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 900 assists (224 games)

Was the fastest player in league history to eclipse 4,000 career points (197 games)

Was the first player in league history to record 500 or more points in each of her first five seasons…..scored 500 or more points in eight consecutive WNBA seasons (2004-11), the longest streak by any player in league history

The only player in WNBA history to score 600 or more points in six consecutive seasons (2006-2011)

Only player in WNBA history to record 800 points in a season more than once (860 in 2006, 820 in 2008)…Maya Moore scored 812 points during 2014 season

Scored in double figures in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games (July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010)

Owns league scoring records for scoring average in a season (25.3 ppg, 2006) and points in a season (860, 2006)

Second player all-time to record multiple 40-point games in the same season (2006; Katie Smith)…tied with Maya Moore for most career 40-point games in WNBA history (three)

Seven career back-to-back 30-point performances, most in WNBA history (once in 2017, once in 2016, twice in 2010, once in 2008, twice in 2006)

46 career 30-point efforts, most in WNBA history

Scored 20 or more points in a WNBA-record 13 consecutive games (final 12 games of 2006 and first game of 2007)

Has scored 20 or more points 220 times in her career, the most in WNBA history

Scored 10 or more points in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games from July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010.

 

THREE-POINTERS

WNBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 1,102 entering 2019

Recorded 1,000th career three-pointer in 399th career game during 2018 season opener on May 18 against Dallas…Only three players in NBA history reached 1,000 career three-point field goal makes in 400 games or less (Steph Curry – 396 games, Klay Thompson – 372 games, Damian Lillard – 385 games)…only player in WNBA history to reach 1,000 career made three-pointers

Became the WNBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals on June 1, 2017 at Chicago, surpassing Katie Smith’s old record of 906…her eight three-pointers in the game matched her own WNBA record for most three-pointers in a game (three times)

Owns the top six single-season three-point totals in WNBA history (121 in 2006, 108 in 2018, 96 in 2017, 95 in 2005, 89 in both 2016 and 2008)

Has led WNBA in three-point field goals nine times in her career, the most times a WNBA/NBA/ABA player has led their league in three-point field goals…Stephen Curry is second, leading NBA in threes five times…Katie Smith is second on WNBA list, leading league four times

Has 40 career WNBA Finals three-point field goals, the most in WNBA Finals history

WNBA’s all-time leader for most three-point field goals in WNBA Playoff history (140)…Moved into first place during the 2016 playoffs after entering postseason tied with Becky Hammon with 11

 

STATS

Holds a career record of 13-1 in deciding Game 3’s in best-of-three series, Game 5’s in best-of-five series and single elimination games the WNBA Playoffs (1-0, Game 5 at DET, 9/16/07; 2-0, Game 3 vs. SA, 9/21/09; 3-0, Game 3 vs. LA, 9/26/09; 4-0, Game 5 vs. IND, 10/9/09; 5-0, Game 3 at SEA, 9/19/11; 6-0, Game 3 at LA, 9/23/13; 7-0, Game 3 vs. MIN, 9/2/14; 8-0, Game 1 at IND, 9/21/16; 9-0, Game 1 at NY, 9/24/16; 10-0, Game 1 vs. SEA, 9/6/17; 11-0, Game 1 at CON, 9/10/17; 12-0, Game 1 vs. DAL, 8/21/18; 13-0, Game 1 at CON, 8/23/18; 13-1, Game 5 at SEA, 9/4/18)

Holds a 19-6 (76-percent) career record in elimination games in the WNBA Playoffs, including an 8-1 mark on the road

Holds a 50-7 (87.7-percent) record throughout her entire basketball career in elimination games (NCAA Tournament, WNBA Playoffs and Olympics)

Behind Taurasi, Phoenix is a perfect 6-0 in single-elimination WNBA playoff games (2-0 in 2018, 2-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2016) since the league’s playoff format switch…Washington is the only other WNBA team with more than one win in the first two rounds (3)

In 2013, became the first player in WNBA history to finish in the top two in scoring and assists in the same season (Becky Hammon, 2009, is lone player to finish in the top three)…only NBA players who have finished in top two in scoring and assists in the same season: James Harden (2016-17), Nate Archibald (1972), Oscar Robertson (1963, 1966) and Bob Cousy (1953)

WNBA Peak performer in 2015 in assists averaging 5.6…became the first player in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists for a season in their career…only five NBA players in league history have led the league in scoring and assists (whether in the same season or different seasons): James Harden (scoring leader in 2017-18 and assists leader in 2016-17); Russell Westbrook (two-time scoring leader, 2014-15 and 2016-17 and assists leader in 2017-18); Nate Archibald (led league in scoring and assists, 1972-73); Wilt Chamberlain (seven-time scoring leader, 1959-60 – 1965-66 and assists leader in 1967-68) and Jerry West (scoring leader in 1969-70 and assists leader in 1971-72)

Has recorded 100+ assists in 12 seasons throughout her career, trailing only Sue Bird (16), Ticha Penicheiro (14) and Lindsay Whalen (13)

Owns 18 career double-doubles, including 11 with points/assists, seven with points/rebounds

2018 SEASON

Averaged 20.7 points on the season, leading the Mercury in scoring for the 12th time in her 14-year career…finished third in the league in scoring, marking the 13th season she has finished in the top-ten in scoring average in the WNBA (2012 season was her only season outside the top-ten, missed 26 games due to injury)…highest scoring average since 2013 when she also averaged 20.3 ppg

Only four players in NBA history have averaged 20+ points in a season at age 36 or older (Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan)…Cynthia Cooper is the only other WNBA player to do so

Ranked in the top-five in both scoring (third) and assists (fourth), the only player in the league to do so in 2018

Became the first player in WNBA history to reach 8,000 career points on June 5, 2018 at New York

Became first player in WNBA history to make 1,000 career three-pointers in 399th career game during season opener on May 18 against Dallas…Only three players in NBA history reached 1,000 career three-point field goal makes in 400 games or less (Steph Curry – 396 games, Klay Thompson – 372 games, Damian Lillard – 385 games)…only player in WNBA history to reach 1,000 career made three-pointers

Became WNBA’s all-time leader in made field goals on July 5 against Connecticut, passing Tina Thompson (2,630)…now stands at 2,721 in her career

Named to All-WNBA First Team for the tenth time in her career (three-time Second Team selection)…most First Team selections in WNBA history

Appeared in her ninth WNBA All-Star game and was voted a starter for the ninth time…has played in every All-Star game that has taken place during the 14 years she has been in the WNBA

Played in 33 games in 2018 missing only the July 25 game vs. Chicago (suspension)

Recorded five 20+ point, 8+ assists games in 2018, giving her 16 in her career…she has the most 20+ point, 8+ assists games since entering the league in 2004

Dished a career-high 14 assists in back-to-back games on August 12 against Los Angeles and August 17 against Atlanta

Recorded her 12th 100+ assist season of her career…only Sue Bird (16), Ticha Penicheiro (14) and Lindsay Whalen (13) have recorded more

Led the league in made three-pointers with 106…eighth time she’s made 80 or more three-pointers in a season…ninth time in her 14-year career she has led league in three-point makes (no NBA player has ever led the league in made three-pointers more than five times…Steph Curry has most, leading NBA five straight seasons)…second time in WNBA history a player has made 100+ three-pointers in a season, both by Taurasi (121 in 2006)

Averaged 3.2 made three-pointers per game, becoming the only player in WNBA/NBA history to average over three three-pointers per game in a season at age 36 or older

Shot 38.3-percent (106-of-277) from the three-point line marking the 11th season she has shot 35-percent or better from beyond the arc

Made her first seven three-point attempts at New York on June 26 to become the first player in WNBA history to begin a game seven-for-seven from behind the arc

Recorded 20 20+ point games and now owns a WNBA-record 220 for her career

Scored 30 or more points two times (33, July 19 vs. Las Vegas; 37, August 1 at Las Vegas) and now has a WNBA-record 46 30-point games in her career

Scored in double-figures 30 times, including 12 straight to close the season

Named Western Conference Player of the Month twice in 2018 for the months of June and August…has won the award four times in her career, accounting for all four times a Mercury player has won the award in franchise history

Ranked third on the team in scoring during the playoffs, averaging 21.0 ppg in seven games…shot 41.9-percent from three-point range and 47.7-percent from the field during the playoffs…also averaged team-high 6.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds

Her 26 three-pointers in the postseason increased her WNBA record for most career three-point field goals to 166…most three-pointers she’s made in the postseason since 2009 when she made 31 in 11 games…averaged a career-best 3.7 three-pointers per game in the seven playoff games

2017 SEASON

Averaged 17.9 points on the season, marking just the second time in her 13-year career she did not lead the Mercury in scoring (Griner – 21.9 ppg)…finished eighth in the league in scoring, marking the 12th season she has finished in the top-ten in scoring average in the WNBA (2012 season was her only season outside the top-ten, missed 26 games due to injury)..highest scoring average since 2013

Became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer on June 18 at the Staples Center while playing the Los Angeles Sparks…basket came with 45.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter while playing in her 377th-career game…moved past Tina Thompson (7,488 points in 496 career games)

Became the WNBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals on June 1, 2017 at Chicago, surpassing Katie Smith’s old record of 906…her eight three-pointers in the game matched a WNBA record for most three-pointers in a game (Taurasi has done so three times)

Named to All-WNBA Second Team for the third time in her career (nine-time First Team selection)

Appeared in her eighth WNBA All-Star game this season and was voted a starter for the eighth time…has played in every All-Star game that has taken place during the 13 years she has been in the WNBA

Played in 31 games in 2017 missing the May 23 game vs. New York (suspension), July 16 game at Minnesota (rest) and August 24 game vs. Los Angeles (rest)

Dished a season-high seven assists on August 10 at Dallas…10 games with four or more assists, four games with five or more assists

Recorded at least one assist in 29 of the 31 games she appeared in

Became the first player in WNBA history to achieve 7,000 career points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists on May 17 against Indiana

Led the league in made three-pointers with 96…seventh time she’s made 80 or more three-pointers in a season…eighth time in her 13-year career she has led league in three-point makes (no NBA player has ever led the league in made three-pointers more than five times…Steph Curry has most, leading NBA five straight seasons)

Shot 38.4-percent (96-of-250) from the three-point line marking the 10th season she has shot 35-percent or better from beyond the arc…highest three-point percentage she has had since 2012 season (39.5-percent)

Recorded at least one three-pointer in 29 of the 31 games she played in…made four or more three-pointers in 11 games…made six or more three-pointers in five games

Recorded nine 20+ point games and now owns a WNBA-record 200 for her career

Scored 30 or more points four times (37, June 1 at Chicago; 34, July 19 vs. Indiana; 21, July 25 at Atlanta; 33, August 4 at Connecticut) and now has a WNBA-record 44 30-point games in her career

Scored in double-figures 26 times including 18 straight from May 17 – July 25

Picked up one WNBA Player of the Week Award (June 4), giving her a total of 20 such awards in her career which is third-most in WNBA history (T. Charles-27, Catchings-22, L. Jackson-18)

Ranked second on the team in scoring during the playoffs, averaging 17.6 ppg, her lowest scoring playoff average in her career…shot 35.3-percent from three-point range and 40.9-percent from the field during the playoffs…also averaged 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds

Her 12 three-pointers in the postseason increased her WNBA record for most career three-point field goals to 140

With the Mercury’s wins in the first and second round of the playoffs, Taurasi’s record in winner-take-all games (single elimination games, Game 3’s in best-of-three series and Game 5’s in best-of-five series) in the WNBA Playoffs improved to 11-0 during her WNBA career…now holds a 15-5 career record in elimination games in the WNBA Playoffs, including a 7-0 mark on the road

2016 SEASON

Averaged 17.8 points to lead the Mercury in scoring for the 11th time in her 12-year career…..finished seventh in the league in scoring, marking the 11th season she has finished in the top-ten in scoring average in the WNBA (2012 season was her only season outside the top-ten, missed 26 games due to injury)..highest scoring average since 2013

Became fastest player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 career points on June 24 at Washington, doing so in 348 games

Finished season as the third-leading scorer in WNBA history (7,311), trailing only Tamika Catchings (7,380) and Tina Thompson (7,488), both of whom are now retired

Named to All-WNBA Second Team for the second time in her career (nine-time First Team selection)

Won her fourth Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the Rio Olympics

Played in 33 games missing only the July 16 game vs. San Antonio (suspension)

Finished ninth in the league in assists per game with 3.9…eighth time in career she finished in top 10 in assists per game in league

One of only two players in the league to rank in the top nine in scoring and assists in 2016 (Maya Moore)

Dished a season-high nine assists on May 31 vs. Connecticut…11 games with six or more assists, 15 games with five or more and 17 games with four or more

Recorded at least one assist in 31 of the 33 games she appeared in

Became only the second player in WNBA history to make 900 career three-pointers on September 18 at San Antonio…trails Katie Smith’s record for most career made three-pointers by six

Led the league in made three-pointers with 89…sixth time she’s made 80 or more three-pointers in a season..seventh time in her 12-year career she has led league in three-point makes (no NBA player has ever led the league in made three-pointers more than five times…Steph Curry has most, leading NBA five straight seasons)

Shot 35-percent (89-of-252) from the three-point line marking the ninth season she has shot 35-percent or better from beyond the arc

Recorded 11 20+ point games and now owns a WNBA-record 191 for her career

Scored 30 points twice in back-to-back games (31, June 9 vs. San Antonio; 31, June 12 vs. Chicago) and now has a WNBA-record 40 30-point games in her career

Scored in double-figures 28 times including 17 straight from May 18 – July 9

Picked up one WNBA Player of the Week Award (June 27), giving her a total of 19 such awards in her career which is third-most in WNBA history (Catchings-22, T. Charles-20, L. Jackson-18)

Led the team in points during the playoffs, averaging 23.6…..shot 43.2-percent from the three-point line and 51.5-percent from the field during the playoffs…..also averaged 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds and shot 97-pecent (32-of-33) from the free throw line

Her 23.6 ppg in playoffs was the most points she’s averaged in playoffs in career (seven playoff appearances), while her 97-percent free throw mark and 51.4-percent shooting mark were both playoff career highs as well

Moved into first place on the WNBA’s career list for most three-point field goals in WNBA Playoff history (128) after making 16 during 2016 playoffs…entered season tied with Becky Hammon at 112

Scored a playoff-high 30 points in an elimination game in Round 2 of playoffs at New York…knocked down four three-pointers in the game

2014 SEASON

Averaged 16.2 points to lead the Mercury in scoring for the second consecutive season and the 10th time in her 11-year career….. finished seventh in the league in scoring, marking the 10th season she has finished in the top-ten in scoring average in the WNBA (2012 season was her only season outside the top-ten, missed 26 games due to injury)

Named to All-WNBA First Team for the ninth time in her career

Named to the WNBA All-Star team for the seventh time in her career…..scored four points in 17 minutes at the game played in Phoenix

Played in 33 games missing only the August 13 game at Atlanta (coach’s decision, rest)

First player in WNBA history to lead the league in assists after having led the league in points in their career

Has averaged 5.9 assists over the last two seasons…..set a career-high with 6.2 assists per game in 2013 and averaged a WNBA-best 5.6 assists in 2014…..only two seasons in hercareer with more than 4.7 assists per game

Seventh season she has averaged in the topten in the WNBA in assists

Recorded a career-high 12 assists on June 20 vs. Tulsa

Shot 36.5-percent (62-of-170) from the threepoint line marking the eighth season she has shot better than 35-percent from beyond the three-point line

Recorded ten 20-point games and now owns a WNBA-record 180 for her career

Scored 30 points once (32, July 6 at Los Angeles) and now has a WNBA-record 38 30-point games in her career

2012 SEASON

Played in just eight games (4-4 Mercury record), the fewest of her nine-year WNBA career… Had never played fewer than 31 games in her previous eight seasons.

Missed 17 games rehabilitating a strained left hip flexor

July 11: Named “Best WNBA Player” at the 2012 ESPYs, her third straight ESPY in that category and sixth career ESPY award. Others: “Best Female College Athlete” (2003 and 2004) and “Best Female Athlete” (2004).

Led USA Women’s Basketball to its fifth-consecutive gold medal, her third (2012, 2008, 2004), with a team-high 12.4 points per game and 2.9 assists

Named USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career (2012, 2010, 2006)

2011 All-WNBA First Team

Voted by fans as a starter for her fifth career All-Star game

2011 Peak Performer for leading the league in scoring with 21.6 points per game… Won the closest scoring race in WNBA history (.07 points over Angel McCoughtry)

Led the league in scoring for the fourth straight season, fifth time in the last six years

Scored 23.4 points per game in the month of August, the seventh best scoring month in franchise history

Scored 15+ points in a franchise-record 18 straight games to end the season (active streak entering 2012)

Scored 20+ points 23 times

Scored 20+ points in nine straight games from Aug. 2-30, her longest streak since a WNBA-record 13 straight in 2007

Scored 30+ points three times

Shot 44.9 percent from the field, the second best performance of her career (45.2, 2006)

Sept. 9: Scored 28 first-half points, three shy of the WNBA record… Made six first-half 3-pointers, tying the WNBA record she shares with Sue Bird

Sept. 1: Scored 18 points on two made field goals, the second most points scored on two or fewer field goals in WNBA history

Sept. 1: Made 13-of-13 free throws, second most made in a game without a miss in WNBA history (shares the record with two others, 14)

Aug. 20-23: Missed two games with back spasms

Aug. 15: Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the 14th time in her career

July 28: Recorded the 1,000th assist of her career… Became just the second player in WNBA history with 5,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists (Katie Smith).

July 23: Was named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history

July 15: Became the fifth player in WNBA history to score 5,000 career points… quickest to do so in just 243 games.

July 13: Won ESPY for Best WNBA Player for the second straight year… her fifth career ESPY.

July 13: Recorded her 300th career steal

June 28: Became the fourth player in league history with 600 made threes

June 4: Scored 31 points, the best performance of her career in a WNBA season opener… Three points shy of the best season opening performance in WNBA history

2010 SEASON

2010 Peak Performer for leading the league in scoring with 22.6 points per game… third consecutive award… WNBA-record fourth overall

Was named the Best WNBA Player at the 2010 ESPY Awards on July 14, her fourth career ESPY award

Recorded eight 30-point performances

Recorded two double-doubles… the sixth and seventh of her career

Became the fastest player in WNBA history to record 4,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 900 assists (224 games)

On Aug. 1 recorded just the second 30-point, 10-assist performance in WNBA history (Jia Perkins, 2007)

Three-time Western Conference Player of the Week (June 14, July 26, Aug. 2)

Scored a season-high 44 points on July 14 vs. Seattle (3OT)… third career 40-point performance, most in WNBA history

Tied her own WNBA record with 33 field goal attempts vs. Seattle on July 14 (3OT)

Scored in double figures in a franchise-record 50 consecutive games (July 1, 2009 – Aug. 13, 2010)

Recorded back-to-back 30-point performances twice, extending her WNBA record to five such occurrences

Tallied the 800th assist of her career on June 4 vs. Los Angeles and the 900th on Aug. 3 at San Antonio

Played in her 200th career game on May 22 vs. Seattle, all starts, all for the Mercury

Recorded her 900th career rebound on May 22 vs. Seattle and 1,000th on Aug. 6 vs. San Antonio

2009 SEASON

WNBA champion

WNBA MVP

WNBA Finals MVP

2009 WNBA All-Star

2009 All-WNBA First Team

Led the WNBA in scoring with 20.4 points per game, marking the third time in four seasons she’s been the league’s leading scorer

Averaged a career-high 5.7 rebounds per game (22nd-WNBA)

Posted 1.39 blocks per game (8th-NBA), and ranked first among guards

Shot a career-best 46.1 percent from the field (prev. 45.2, 2006)

Ranked seventh in the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage, shooting a career-best 40.7 percent (prev. .297, 2006)

Led the WNBA in three-pointers made (79)

Recorded 20+ points in seven of her last 10 games

Scored 20+ points in 20 of 31 games this season

Phoenix was 16-4 in 2009 when Taurasi scored at least 20 points

Posted two 30-point efforts, bringing her all-time league-best total to 23

Recorded two double-doubles

Scored a then-WNBA season-high 34 points on July 26 at NY

Recorded 34 points and a career-high 13 rebounds on July 26 at NY, the first 30-10 performance in the WNBA in over a year (C. Parker, July 9, 2008, 40-16)

For the second consecutive season, was only player ranking in the top 33 in the WNBA in scoring (1st), rebounds (22nd), assists (T-11th), FG PCT (23st), 3-PT FG PCT (7th), FT PCT (T-6th), steals (30th), blocks (8th) and minutes (19th)

Was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 16, 2009

Led the Mercury in scoring a team-high 17 times

Led the Mercury in steals a team-high 15 times

Recorded a season-high five steals on Sept. 10 at SEA

Missed two games from July 18-22 due to a team suspension

Became Mercury’s all-time franchise leader in minutes played on June 6 vs. SAN

2008 SEASON

Was one of two Mercury players to start all 34 games in 2008 (Miller)

Led the league in scoring (24.1 ppg) for the second time in three seasons (25.3 ppg in 2006), and was awarded her second career Peak Performer award

2008 All-WNBA First Team

Scored 30+ points 10 times, and is now the league’s all-time leader in career 30-point performances with 21

Was only player in the league ranked in the top 30 in scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals, blocks and minutes

Was named Player of the Week four times in 2008 (June 2-8, June 16-22, June 23-29 and September 2-8 ), bringing her career total to nine

Scored a Mercury season-high 37 points at Seattle on June 11, 2008

Scored 20+ points in a Mercury franchise-tying 26 games, a record Taurasi first set in 2006

Recorded two double-doubles

Led the team in scoring a team-high 22 times

Led the team in rebounds 10 times, assists seven times, blocks 13 times, steals 14 times and minutes 12 times

Became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points, doing so in 151 games (previously Lauren Jackson, 162)

Along with Cappie Pondexter, became the first pair of teammates in WNBA history to score 30 or more points in the same game twice on June 20, 2008 (prev. June 6, 2006)

Shot 44.6 percent from the floor, the third consecutive season she’s shot over 44 percent

Re-signed with the Mercury on March 20, 2008

2007 SEASON

2007 WNBA All-Star

2007 All-WNBA First Team

Became just the second player in league history to record 500 or more points in each of her first four seasons (Cynthia Cooper)

Became just the fifth player in WNBA history to score 600 or more points in back-to-back seasons (Cooper, Katie Smith, Lauren Jackson, Seimone Augustus)

Second-fastest player to 2,000 points in WNBA history (Jackson and Smith); reached the mark in 104 games

Two-time WNBA Player of the Week in 2007 (August 6, May 28)

Only WNBA player ranked in top 10 in points, assists and blocks

Averaged 19.2 points, third-most in the league

Averaged at least four assists for the third-straight season (4.3, 8th-WNBA)

Two 30-point efforts

Team-high 16 20-point efforts

Led the team in scoring 14 times, steals 11 times, blocks 14 times

Led all WNBA guards in blocks with 1.06 (8th-WNBA)

Shot 44.0 percent from the field

2006 SEASON

2006 All-WNBA First Team

2006 WNBA Peak Performer as league’s leading scorer (25.3 ppg)

2006 WNBA All-Star

WNBA All-Decade Team Honorable Mention

Two-time WNBA Player of the Week (July 3-9, August 7-13)

Averaged a WNBA-record 25.3 points per game (prev. 23.1, Katie Smith)

First player in WNBA history to break the 800-point mark in a single season

Scored a league-record 860 points in 2006

Moved into second place on the Mercury all-time scoring list, 828 points behind Jennifer Gillom

Set franchise records for single season double-figure scoring games (33), 20-point games (26), 30-point games (8, ties WNBA record) and 40-point games (2, ties WNBA record)

Second player in league history to record multiple 40-point games in the same season (Smith)

Third player all-time to record multiple 40-point games in a career (Smith, Cynthia Cooper)

Scored a league-record 47 points at Houston on August 10, 2006

Scored a then-franchise record 41 points at Houston on July 27, 2006

Eight scoring efforts of 30 or more points (includes both 40-point efforts) in 34 games in 2006; franchise entered season with nine 30-point efforts in first nine seasons (288 games)

Scored at least 20 points in a WNBA-record 13 consecutive games (last 12 games of 2006, first game of 2007)

Broke Jennifer Gillom’s franchise record for points in a season in just 26 games (624, Gillom set in 30) on July 28, 2006 at San Antonio

Became the fourth player to score 500 or more points in each of her first three seasons (eighth player to do it in three consecutive seasons overall)

Along with Cappie Pondexter, became the first pair of teammates in WNBA history to score 30 or more points in the same game on June 6, 2006

Scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games twice in 2006 (second player all-time)

Shot career-bests from the field (.452) and three-point range (.397, 8th-WNBA)

Dished a team-leading 4.1 assists per game (5th-WNBA)

Averaged a staggering 30.1 points per game in seven games in the month of August (211/7), a franchise record for a single month

Averaged 25.2 points in July (4th all-time, Mercury history) and 23.3 points in May (tied, 6th)

Committed a career-low 79 turnovers despite leading the league in scoring and the team in assists

Additional WNBA records that belong to DT after 2006:

FGM, season (298) – 3FGM, season (121)

FGA, game (33) – 3FGA, game (16)

FGA, season (660) – 3FGA, season (305)

2005 SEASON

2005 WNBA All-Star (July 9, 2005; New York)

2005 All-WNBA Second Team

WNBA Player of the Week (August 1-7, 2005)

Became just the fifth player in Mercury history to score over 1,000 career points

Second player in franchise history to score over 1,000 career points in her first two seasons (Gillom)

Nearly had a triple double on August 5, 2005 vs. Houston (27 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists)

Scored a then-career-high 31 points in the 2005 season finale at Seattle, the first 30-point effort of her career

Scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games

2004 SEASON

2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year

2004 All-WNBA First Team

Selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 1 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft on April 17, 2004

Led Mercury in scoring with 17.0 points per game

First player in WNBA history to start career with three consecutive 20+ point games (22, 26, 22)

Led all rookies in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and minutes

Second among rookies in rebounds and assists

Scored 20+ points on 13 occasions

Recorded first career double-double on September 3, 2004 at Houston (27 points, 11 rebounds)

In first season, scored third-most points in a single season in franchise history

COLLEGE CAREER

Led UCONN to three consecutive national championships (2002, 2003, 2004)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004)

Naismith Player of the Year Award (best female player in the nation) winner in two consecutive seasons (2003, 2004)

Became just the fourth player ever to win back-to-back Naismith awards in 2003 and 2004 (Cheryl Miller, Dawn Staley, Chamique Holdsclaw)…one-of-seven NCAAW players all-time to win in back-to-back seasons (Miller, Staley, Holdsclaw, Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart)

Named to the first women’s Wooden Award All-American team for senior season

2003-04 Big East Player of the Year

2004 AP All-American

2002, 2003, 2004 All-BIG EAST First Team

First player in UConn history to finish career with 2,000 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds

2003 USBWA National Player of the Year

2003 Honda Trophy Award winner for basketball

2003 Wade Trophy recipient

2003 BIG EAST All-Tournament team

2001 Kodak All-American and AP Second Team All-American

2001-02 Naismith Player of the Year and Honda Award for Women’s Basketball Finalist

Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Region in 2001

Named 2001 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player, the first rookie ever to earn the honor

2001 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

Four-time Olympic gold medalist (2016, 2012, 2008, 2004)

Three-time FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup gold medalist (2018, 2014, 2010)…named to “All-Star Five” team in 2018 and 2010

Six-time Euroleague champion (2016, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Three-time Euroleague Final Four MVP (2016, 2010, 2009)

Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2010, 2006)

Member of the bronze medal-winning 2006 USA National Team at the World Championships in Brazil

Youngest member of the gold medal-winning 2004 US Women’s National Team in the Athens Olympics

Earned a bronze medal as a member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship team

Earned a gold medal as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Qualifying team

Member of the 2001 All-FIBA Junior World Championship team

Named July 2001 USA Basketball “Female Athlete of the Month”

Spent the 2016-17 offseason playing with UMMC Ekateriburg for the fourth consecutive year…finished second in the EuroLeague in scoring at 17.9 ppg, while adding 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 15 games

Spent the 2015-16 offseason playing with UMMC in Russia where she led the EuroLeague in scoring with 20.8 points per game…also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game

Spent the 2013-14 offseason playing with UMMC in Russia where she averaged 16.9 points and 5.0 assists per game

Spent the 2012-13 offseason playing for UMMC in Russia where she averaged 15.5 points and 4.7 assists per game

Spent 2011-12 offseason playing for Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey where she led the league in scoring with 20.9 points per game.

Spent 2010-11 offseason playing for Fenerbahce in Istanbul, Turkey

Spent 2009-10 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia where she led the league in scoring with 24.9 points per game

Spent 2008-09 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia where she led the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game

Spent 2007-08 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia

Spent 2006-07 offseason playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia

Spent 2005-06 offseason playing for Dynamo in Russia

 

PERSONAL

Born Diana Lurena Taurasi, goes by the nickname “Dee”

Married to former Mercury legend, Penny Taylor

Son, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor, was born March 2018

Mother Lili is from Argentina and father Mario Taurasi, once a pro soccer goalie, hails from Taurasi, Italy

Has an older sister, Jessika

Spanish is the language of choice spoken in the Taurasi household

Sociology major at UCONN

Scored 3,047 career points at Don Lugo High School in Chino, CA

Received the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award, presented by the LA Times to the best player in Southern California

Lists “Above the Rim” as her favorite basketball movie and “Duck Tales” as her favorite cartoon growing up

Would like to play one-on-one against Magic Johnson

A favorite pastime is ironing

First car was a 1986 Toyota Corolla that was “the ugliest thing”

In 2006, launched official website: dianataurasi.com

 

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