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G | 6-0, 166 lbs
2016 season: 29 games, 29 starts, 11.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.5 SPG, 46.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 80.4 FT%
Seimone Augustus, who was selected by Minnesota with the first overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft, concluded her 11th season in the WNBA in 2016.
Augustus joined a Lynx team in 2006 that had made the WNBA Playoffs twice in the previous seven years. From 2006 on, she has been a part of six playoff appearances, five trips to the WNBA Finals, four conference championships at three WNBA Championships.
Augustus, an LSU alum, made her impact immediately once she entered the WNBA, averaging 21.7 points per game in her rookie season on her way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Since coming into the league as a 22-year-old, Augustus continues to be a key part to the Lynx, including in the 2016 season.
The 32-year-old veteran guard averaged 11.2 points per game last season, which ranked third on the team behind Sylvia Fowles (13.9) and Maya Moore (19.3). She also tallied 11.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 in the playoffs, which resulted in Minnesota falling to Los Angeles in five games in the WNBA Finals.
Augustus was also tied for second in three-point percentage (33.3 percent), third on the team in minutes per game (26.4) and fourth in assists per game (2.4).
Through 11 seasons, Augustus has created quite the resume in the WNBA. Along with being a three-time WNBA Champion, she is a six-time WNBA All-Star, has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team five times and was named the Finals MVP in 2011.
Let’s see how she adds to her legacy in her 12th WNBA season in 2017.
Top Three Games Of The Season
3.) July 15 vs. New York Liberty
In the 88-70 win over the Liberty at the Target Center, Augustus had a nice all-around game for the Lynx. She finished with a game-high 20 points, as well as seven rebounds and four assists. Augustus shot 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the field and 2-for-3 (66.7 percent) from the three-point line.
2.) June 11 at Washington Mystics
In the 83-67 win over the Mystics at the Verizon Center. Augustus finished with a game-best 21 points on 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) shooting from the field and 1-of-3 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc. Along with her 21 points, Augustus recorded four rebounds.
1.) May 14 vs. Phoenix Mercury
In the season-opening 95-76 win over the Mercury at Target Center, Augustus matched her season high of 21 points in the game. Augustus, who also had three rebounds and three assists, shot 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the field and 1-of-1 from deep.
Augustus is currently spending her offseason in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
It is her first time not playing basketball overseas during the WNBA offseason since 2009 after she tore her ACL.
Augustus decided to take a break this offseason for herself, body and her family to ensure longevity in her basketball career.
Here is a video of what Augustus is up to this offseason.
Role for 2017?
Augustus said the main goal for her in the 2017 season is to not only keep playing, but play at a high level.
Augustus made the jump from 16 games in the regular season in 2015 to 29 regular season games last season, including the playoff run that concluded in the WNBA Finals.
Since joining the league in 2006, she has averaged 17.5 points per game, proving to be a key piece for the Lynx.
Although Augustus is capable of leading her team on the offensive end, with the amount of talent on the Lynx, she doesn’t necessarily need to try and lead the team offensively in 2017.
They Said It…
“During her eleven-year career, Seimone has been an integral part of the success of our franchise and has become undoubtedly one of the elite guards in the WNBA,” Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith said after the team announced the contract extensions of Augustus and Lindsay Whalen in September.