Minnesota Lynx fans who felt disrespected over the lack of award recognition at the end of the regular season can find some solace as they prepare to face the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Finals.
On Wednesday, the league released its All-WNBA team, with the Lynx getting two representatives on the list, a testament to their all-around talent that thrives on a brisk pace and frequent ball movement.
Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen both earned enough points based on votes by the media to make the list. Moore was a virtual lock for the nod, finishing second in MVP voting to Candace Parker. 2013 marked the first time Moore was named to the All-WNBA first team.
The third-year forward refined her versatility, placing third in the league for scoring and led the league in three-pointers and three-point field goal percentage. Fans and local media view Moore's accolades this season as a potential transition to the "face" of the franchise, a role given to Seimone Augustus in previous years.
Whoever the spotlight player is, the Lynx have a reputation for sacrificing individual awards to strengthen the team game, making their starting unit difficult to contain. Lindsay Whalen was a large reason for that in 2013, posting a career-high in scoring. Tailoring her offense to emphasize mid-range jumpers and her patented inside drives, Whalen rebounded considerably from her pedestrian 11.5 points per game in 2012. Whalen also ranked third in the league for assists, giving her enough qualifications for her third selection to the All-WNBA first team.
Parker, Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury completed the first team selections for 2013. Parker was the only 2012 honoree to return to the list, and Taurasi tied Lisa Leslie's record of eight overall first-team nods.