Taurasi Doing Her Best To Make Expectations A Reality

Todd Barin

Web Editorial Associate

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The 3-0 Minnesota Lynx will take on the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday night as 12-year veteran Diana Taurasi will look to lead her team to their first victory of the 2016 WNBA season.

Before the season started, WNBA.com asked general managers around the league questions about certain players and different topics. To the Lynx surprise, the defending Champions were not given the respect they deserve as the Mercury received 58 percent of the votes to win the title this season.

It was also evident in that same poll the respect that Taurasi has around the league.

The 33-year-old out of the University of Connecticut was voted the WNBA’s:

– Best guard

– Best at getting her own shot

– Best pure shooter

– Best leader, along with Tamika Catchings

– Toughest

– Second best player in making her teammates better

– Second best player behind Sue Bird for best basketball I.Q.

Taurasi opted to sit out last WNBA season in order to rest, and so far this season, her decision seems to be paying off for her as she is leading the league in scoring through three games with 24.3 points per contest.

Despite Taurasi’s scoring onslaught and high praise from team executives to begin the season, Phoenix’s record of 0-3 just goes to show that there’s no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM.’

“It’s easy to just look at all of the things we did bad, but today I think we got better at certain things,” Taurasi said after their loss to the Indiana Fever. “Did we sustain those things for long enough? Probably not, and I think that’s where us as a team has to get back to being in tune for 40 minutes, and not waiting being down five, or waiting to get hit, and I think that’s a behavior that will happen.”

To give the casual fan a little idea of just how good Diana Taurasi is, take a look at some of her resume highlights:

9-time WNBA First – team

7-time All-Star

3-time WNBA Champion

5-time Scoring Champion

2-time WNBA Finals MVP

MVP – 2009

Rookie of the year- 2004

Taurasi currently ranks third all-time on the WNBA scoring and combining that with her other credentials, many argue that the Mercury guard is the best player to ever grace a WNBA court.

Best player ever or not, Taurasi has steep mountain to climb in order for Phoenix to make all of those high preseason expectations a reality.

Be sure to tune-in on Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports North or 106.1 BOB FM radio to see if Taurasi and the Mercury can earn their first win against the undefeated Lynx.