Ed Bemiss of National Sports Rankings updated his 2012 WNBA player rankings after Saturday's games with Atlanta Dream wing Angel McCoughtry at the top of the league.
The full list is available at his site, but the top 15 players in the league are posted below.
|1||93.13||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|2||92.78||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|3||92.03||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|4||91.50||Epiphanny Prince||Chicago Sky|
|5||91.46||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|6||91.29||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|7||91.15||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun|
|8||90.80||Sophia Young||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|9||89.57||Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|10||88.28||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|11||88.14||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|12||88.08||Sancho Lyttle||Atlanta Dream|
|13||88.06||Taj McWilliams-Franklin||Minnesota Lynx|
|14||88.00||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty|
|15||87.93||Katie Douglas||Indiana Fever|
Ratings are based on actual player stats through 6/16/12 and how they've helped their team's overall performance.
Obviously, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince are extremely important to the Chicago Sky and it will be interesting to see who steps up for the Sky over the next 6-8 weeks with Prince out due to injury.
But also interesting is the cluster of four Minnesota Lynx players in the top 15, which comes back to something I wondered about the last time I looked at player rankings: who would say is the MVP of the Minnesota Lynx right now?
Measuring a player's value with a single number is never easy - and I'm not saying the numbers above are the authoritative measure of a player - but the fact that the four Lynx players above are rated so closely speaks volumes about the balance of this team and what makes them difficult to beat.