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Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings deeper than 'old' vs. 'new'

Maya Moore and Tamika Catchings headline this year's WNBA Finals. Though nine years in the league separate the two, each have impacted the game in their own ways.

Chris Poss

The 2015 WNBA Finals will feature a clash between one of the league's all-time greats and one of the best to burst on the scene in recent years.

There is no doubt it took the entire supporting cast to get to this point, but when the Lynx and Fever step on the court Sunday for Game 1, all eyes will be on Maya Moore and Tamika Catchings.

Moore is a two-time WNBA Champion (2011, 2013) and has led her team to its fourth Finals appearance in five seasons.

Catchings has a single title under her belt that came in 2012 when the Fever took down Minnesota.

Moore is in just her 5th year as a pro, whereas Catchings is in her 14th. Though there is a significant discrepancy between the amount of time those players have spent in the league, the two have dominated the game in their own ways.

Catchings has been a superstar in the league nearly since its inception. Upon her retirement following the 2016 season, she is set to become the first WNBA player to spend an entire career of 15 or more seasons with a single team.

This season alone, the 2011 MVP led the Fever to a WNBA record 11th consecutive playoff berth, played in a record 10th All-Star Game and came away with her 1000th career steal this season.

She also moved into the second spot on the all-time scoring list and all-time rebounding list after pulling down her 3,000th.

Moore is a more recent WNBA superstar, but the second she was drafted she began making an enormous impact. Prior to the Moore era, Minnesota was just 1-4 in the playoffs in its 12 years.

It didn't even take Moore a single full season to help Minnesota earn its first WNBA Finals appearance and championship in her rookie season.

In the 2012 Finals series, Catchings averaged 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists, and Moore averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

In the 2015 playoffs, Catchings is averaging 19.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Moore is averaging 27.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Though Catchings has nine more seasons under her belt than Moore, the two have had superb careers in their own right leading up to the 2015 Finals.

Tamika Catchings vs. Maya Moore is more than "old" vs. "new," it's a matchup between two of the WNBA's best players this season, and two of the best in league history.