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WNBA Player Rankings: Becky Hammon Earns Player of the Week Award, Moves Up NSR Player Rankings

Jun 1, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (25) drives the lane against the Phoenix Mercury during the first half at the AT&T Center.<em> Photo by Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE</em>
Jun 1, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (25) drives the lane against the Phoenix Mercury during the first half at the AT&T Center. Photo by Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Last week, Ed Bemiss of National Sports Rankings explained to us why San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon was not listed among his list of hypothetical 2012 WNBA All-Stars.

But coming off a week that earned Hammon a season-first WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week award, might his player rankings show something different?

As per the WNBA release, Hammon opened the week on Tuesday by scoring 22 points and dishing out four assists in an 82-81 win over the visiting Phoenix Mercury. She then tallied 19 points, making all three of her three-point field goal attempts, in an 88-72 win over the Indiana Fever to begin a four-game road trip. Hammon finished the week with a 23 point and six assist performance in a 94-81 win over her former team the New York Liberty.

In total, Hammon scored 20.3 points per game and 4.8 assists per game last week, helping the Silver Stars extend their winning streak to seven games and collect her eighth career Player of the Week award. But most importantly given Bemiss' analysis last week, Hammon averaged 1.7 turnovers per game last week, less than half of her season average entering the month.

All of that was enough to move Hammon into the top 30 - an improvement over last week - but she still didn't crack Bemiss' All-Stars.

But someone else's impressive performances thus far in July did help catapult her into the ranks of Bemiss' Western Conference All-Stars.

West All-Stars

Candace Parker
Los Angeles Sparks
Sophia Young
San Antonio Silver Stars
DeWanna Bonner
Phoenix Mercury
Taj McWilliams-Franklin
Minnesota Lynx
Rebekkah Brunson
Minnesota Lynx
Sue Bird
Seattle Storm
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Kristi Toliver
Los Angeles Sparks
Seimone Augustus
Minnesota Lynx
Tanisha Wright
Seattle Storm
Temeka Johnson
Tulsa Shock

It has to be pointed out that Bemiss is putting Johnson here as a function of her being the top player on her team, which is probably a debatable standard given that the Shock have only won three games - Hammon (83.18), Jia Perkins (84.61), Lindsay Whalen (84.59), Samantha Prahalis (84.42), Alana Beard (83.69), Ann Wauters (83.01), and Camille Little (82.61) all rate higher than Johnson. A few of those players have All-Star arguments over Johnson, but for now, Bemiss leaves them out.

Kristi Toliver was the high riser this past week in these rankings, with her 29-point performance against the Minnesota Lynx giving her a bit of a boost.

East All-Stars

Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
Sylvia Fowles
Chicago Sky
Angel McCoughtry
Atlanta Dream
Epiphanny Prince
Chicago Sky
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Sancho Lyttle
Atlanta Dream
Cappie Pondexter
New York Liberty
Katie Douglas
Indiana Fever
Kara Lawson
Connecticut Sun
Asjha Jones
Connecticut Sun
Essence Carson
New York Liberty
Crystal Langhorne
Washington Mystics

On the Eastern side, not much changed in terms of who made the team with Essence Carson bumping teammate Leilani Mitchell off the 12-member team.

But with Prince injured for so many games - and likely out in the event of a hypothetical game - Mitchell would probably get the nod as a replacement player.

Who would be the front-runners for your 2012 WNBA All-Star teams? Feel free to drop your thoughts on these or your own in the comments below.

For the full list of this year's current WNBA player ratings - as well as NSR players ratings dating all the way back to 1997 - check out Ed Bemiss' WNBA Player Rankings page.