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2013 Phoenix Mercury Season StoryStream: Reloaded with Brittney Griner

The Phoenix Mercury suffered a setback season in 2012 due to injury, but they did manage to develop some younger players who figure to be in the team's future plans with guard Samantha Prahalis and center Krystal Thomas. How will they and Brittney Griner, the #1 pick in the 2013 Draft mesh with the team's veteran stars?

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Diana Taurasi's admiration of Katie Smith

Katie Smith played her last home game for the New York Liberty on Tuesday and has been widely recognized as one of the toughest competitors ever to play the game. You can count Diana Taurasi among Smith admirers.


Phoenix Mercury waive Samantha Prahalis

We've had a pair of fan posts this season about trade ideas for the Phoenix Mercury involving second-year point guard Samantha Prahalis but in a surprising turn of events they announced that they've released her today. The trade partner that has been most discussed around here has been the New York Liberty, but with her now a free agent it seems that someone would be able to make use of what she can do.


Mercury rising, Sun setting?

Just the Facts, Ma'am: The Phoenix Mercury held the Connecticut Sun to 26.9% shooting from the field, though they gave up 43 free throw attempts, in a 89-70 win on the road. DeWanna Bonner and Diana Taurasi each had 19 points to pace Phoenix, with Bonner adding eight rebounds and Taurasi adding five assists. Tina Charles led the Sun with game-highs of 25 points (3-18 from the field, 19-24 from the line) and 13 rebounds.

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Hyped-up Mercury travel to D.C.

The Mystics host the Mercury at 7 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Center.


Phoenix 90, DC 82

Diana Taurasi had 31 points and 5 assists and Brittney Griner added 21 points to help the Mercury get back to 4-4 for the season by beating the Washington Mystics at home, 90-82. DC falls to 4-3 and is 0-2 on its three game West Coast trip.


Brittney Griner’s arrival has Diana Taurasi buying hype, for once

Nice story about the old guard and new guard.


Griner's coming out is progress for sports

As we put out in a FanShot last week, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner told Sports Illustrated in an interview that she is gay. One of the most notable things about it wasn't about Griner coming out in and of itself, but also the fact that she said it in a confident and matter of fact way.


WNBA "Big Three" discuss on the league's bright future and more

Here's a video from yesterday with the Phoenix Mercury rookie which also includes Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins. While sexuality was part of the interview, most of it focused on the anticipation of this season, and also the progression of women's sports.


Q&A with Griner on her WNBA Draft experience

A selection of comments from Baylor center Brittney Griner during an interview and the press conference after being selected first overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft.


Round 3, Pick 2: Mercury select Nikki Greene

The Mercury selected Penn State center Nikki Greene with the 26th pick over in the WNBA Draft.

She was included in this morning's post about centers and she had the best offensive rebounding percentage of any center major center in this draft.


Round 1, pick 1: Phoenix selects Brittney Griner

Wows: Griner is an extremely efficient scorer all year and figures to make a major impact as a scorer right away. That she has become such an efficient ball handler is an equally significant accomplishment as she is well-positioned to learn how to adjust to double teams.

Wonders: How much does her average offensive rebounding rate matter? It hasn't mattered much for centers in the past, but it has been the one major question for her throughout her careeer.

Worries: Strength and her ability to guard players in space in pick-and-roll situations or switches. Obviously these are things she can improve but they did affect her game at times in college.


Bonner re-signs with the Phoenix Mercury

Yesterday, guard/forward DeWanna Bonner re-signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Mercury. Bonner was one of the WNBA's top restricted free agents in the 2012-2013 offseason.

Bonner was the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year for three seasons from 2009-2011 and helped the Mercury win the 2009 Finals over the Indiana Fever. In 2012, Bonner was the team's primary offensive option due to injuries to other stars on the team, including Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, and Candice Dupree. By enjoying a prominent role on the team, DeWanna averaged career highs in scoring (20.6), rebounds (7.2), assists (2.2), and steals (1.7) per game.

Mercury Head Coach and General Manager Corey Gaines had this to say on her signing:

DeWanna is a superstar in this league. Last year we saw her true abilities as a playmaker and leader of our team. She can score the ball from anywhere on the court and create mismatches with anyone we play. No one in the WNBA has a player like DB.

While it certainly was a protracted wait for Mercury fans to see whether a key free agent would return given her skill set, Bonner's re-signing is a much needed boost not only because her addition would make this team a potential favorite for the 2013 Western Conference championship if not better, but also because she would be one of the key members in a younger core for the Mercury, which include guard Samantha Prahalis, and a yet-to-be-named rookie with the 1st pick in the 2013 Draft, who will be officially named this Monday.


Will the Mercury's offseason be easy for them?

The Phoenix Mercury had a rough season in 2012, going 7-27 and ended up being the worst team in the Western Conference. Most of it was due to injuries to the team's best players, starting with Penny Taylor who suffered a knee injury during the previous offseason. In addition, Candice Dupree and their best player, Diana Taurasi also missed over half the season's games. The Mercury was the big winner of the 2013 WNBA Draft Lottery, ending up with the number one overall pick. With everyone hopefully healthy along with the number one pick for this year's draft, can the Mercury make a 180 for 2013 and be the best team in the West?

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