September 25, 2016
With the 2016 regular season complete, it is time to take a look at how players have moved up the career totals list and which records may be in danger in 2017.
Looking at the 5 major counting statistics, it is the perfect time to reflect on the all-around impacts of Tamika Catchings, DeLisha Milton-Jones, and Swin Cash as they retire. The 3 of them join Lisa Leslie and Taj McWilliams Franklin as the only players to rank in the top 30 of all 5 categories. Catchings does so in impressive fashion, finishing no lower than 12th in any category, with her performance in blocks standing out even more when comparing her height to some of the other players on the list. Her next lowest placement was 6th as she finishes 1st in both rebounds and steals with a 2nd place finish in points. Milton-Jones was able to hold on to all of her rankings after not appearing in any games in the season before she announced her retirement. Cash used her last season to get the steals that she needed to make the list on her last category.
Players highlighted were active in the WNBA in 2016
We did not have a new all time scoring leader this season, but look for that to change next year. Tamika Catchings finishes her career in 2nd place, but Diana Taurasi seems poised to surpass her and also climb above Tina Thompson to take over the lead. Cappie Pondexter is likely to reach 4th while Sue Bird should be able to crack the top 10. Another milestone to look forward to is 5,000 points for Angel McCoughtry as the top 30 players have now all surpassed 4,000 career points. [Read more…]