Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith Named to All-WNBA Second Team
Mercury guards Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith were both named to the 2020 All-WNBA Second Team. Despite a rash of injuries and missing players following a 6-7 start, Taurasi and Diggins-Smith led the Mercury to an 8-3 record in the team's final 11 games (including postseason). The duo finished the 2020 season:
- As the only players in the league to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and assists
- As the highest scoring pair of teammates this season, combining for 36.4 points per game
- With the most combined three-pointers by a pair of teammates (107)
- With the most (Diggins-Smith - 6) and second-most (Taurasi - 5) 20-point, 5-assists games in the WNBA this summer
Diana Taurasi: For Taurasi, today's announcement marks her 14th appearance on an All-WNBA Team (10 times on the First Team, four times on the Second Team), the most by any player in WNBA history. Taurasi ranked fifth in the WNBA in scoring (18.7 ppg) and eighth in assists (4.7 apg) this season, and led the league in three-point field goals (61) for the 10th time in her career (the second-most times a player has led the WNBA/NBA in three-point makes is five by Steph Curry). She was the only player this season to average at least 18 points, four assists and four rebounds, the only player in WNBA history to average such numbers at the age of 36 or older (the last NBA player age 36+ to do so was Kobe Bryant during the 2014-15 season). To honor the late Kobe Bryant, Taurasi wore a No. 8 'BRYANT' jersey on August 23, what would have been Bryant's 42nd birthday. She went on to score a season-high 34 points in the game, then average 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the next eight games (Mercury went 7-1 during that stretch).
Skylar Diggins-Smith: In her first season with the Mercury, Diggins-Smith returned to the court after missing the 2019 WNBA season to make her fourth career All-WNBA Team (two times on both the First and Second Team). She averaged 17.7 points and 4.2 assists per game, while shooting a career-high 47.4 percent from the field and career-best 90.0 percent from the free throw line (min. 10 games played) this summer. She became just the fifth player in WNBA history, and the first since 2018, to average at least 17 points and four assists in a season, while shooting 47 percent from the field. Of the five, she's one of only two to also shoot at least 90 percent from the free throw line (Kristi Toliver - 2012). Diggins-Smith scored her 3,000th-career point in the Mercury's game on September 6, becoming the fastest player in WNBA history to 3,000 career points, 900 assists and 500 rebounds, doing so in 187 career games (no other player has done so in fewer than 200 games).
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