HOW WE’RE BUILT

Through the draft, free agency and trades, take a dive into how the 2021 Phoenix Mercury roster was constructed

 

Diana Taurasi – 1st overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by Phoenix

  • Three-Time WNBA champion
  • 2009 WNBA MVP
  • Two-Time Finals MVP
  • 14-Time All-WNBA Team selection (10 times on the First Team, which is most in WNBA history)
  • Nine-Time WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA all-time scoring leader
  • WNBA all-time leader in three-point field goals
  • Named one of the greatest 20 players in WNBA history during league’s 20thanniversary in 2016
 

Brittney Griner – 1st overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by Phoenix

  • 2014 WNBA Champion
  • Two-Time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • Six-Time WNBA All-Star
  • Two-Time WNBA scoring champion
  • Five-Time All-WNBA Team Member (twice on First Team, three times on Second Team)
  • Six-Time All-WNBA Defensive Team Member (three times on First Team, three times on Second Team)
  • Hold WNBA records for regular season blocks in a single game (11), blocks in a season (129, 2014), single-season blocks average (4.04, 2015) and career blocks average (2.9)
  • Has led the league in blocks per game in all seven of her full WNBA seasons
  • Owns 12 of the WNBA’s 15 regular season dunks in the league’s history… Griner also has recorded the only dunk in WNBA postseason history and had five All-Star Game dunks
 

Alanna Smith – 8th overall pick in 2019 WNBA Draft by Phoenix

  • Scored a career-high 14 points twice during 2020 season
  • Has appeared in 37 career games since being drafted by Phoenix
 

Brianna Turner – 11th overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft by Atlanta before being traded to Phoenix on draft night

  • 2020 All-WNBA Defensive Team Member (second player in franchise history named to All-Defensive First Team, joining BG)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team member in 2019
  • Set Mercury franchise record for rebounds in a game with 21 on September 9, 2020 against Connecticut… only player in franchise history to reach at least 20 rebounds
  • First player in WNBA history with at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in a game on September 9, 2020
  • Matched Brittney Griner’s franchise records for blocks in a game as a rookie with 6 on August 20, 2019 against Las Vegas
 

Sophie Cunningham – 13th overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft by Phoenix

  • Career 88.1 percent (52-for-59) free throw shooter, having missed only 7 attempts in her two years
  • Led all rookies during the 2019 WNBA season in free throw shooting percentage at 88.2 percent (30-for-34)
  • Scored a career-high 19 points on June 28, 2019 against Indiana
 

Skylar Diggins-Smith – 3rd overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by Tulsa…acquired by the Mercury on February 12, 2020 in a trade with Dallas

  • Four-Time WNBA All-Star
  • Four-Time All-WNBA Team Member (twice on the First Team, twice on the Second Team)
  • 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player
  • One of only three players in WNBA history to average at least 17 points and four assists per game at least five times in their career, joining Diana and Cappie Pondexter
  • Joins Diana and Cynthia Cooper as the only three players to rank in the top-20 in both the WNBA’s all-time points and assists per game charts
  • Fastest player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points, 900 assists and 500 rebounds, doing so in 187 career games (only player to reach all three milestones in fewer than 200 career games)
 

Bria Hartley – 7th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by Seattle before being traded to Washington on draft day…signed with the Mercury as a free agent on February 12, 2020

  • 2014 WNBA All-Rookie Team member
  • Recorded the second-most points in Mercury franchise history by a player off the bench on August 2, 2020 against New York, scoring a career-high 27 points
  • Matched the WNBA record for most games with 25+ points off the bench in a season with two in 2020

 

 

Kia Vaughn – 8th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by New York…initially signed with Phoenix as a free agent on February 24, 2020

  • Has reached the playoffs in 8 of her 11 WNBA seasons
  • One of 17 active players with at least 1,500 career points, 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 150 blocks entering 2021 season
  • Averaged a playoff career-high 11.0 points in the Mercury’s two postseason games in 2020
 

Shey Peddy – 23rd overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by Chicago…did not make WNBA debut until 2019 with Washington…initially signed with Mercury on August 19, 2020 in the bubble

  • Scored a career-high 10 points twice during 2020 season
  • Knocked down the game-winning three-pointer as time expired in Round 1 of the 2020 WNBA Playoffs against Washington
 

Kia Nurse – 10th overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft by New York…acquired by the Mercury on February 10, 2021 in a trade with New York

  • 2019 WNBA All-Star
  • Participated in the 2019 WNBA All-Star three-point contest
  • Her career scoring average of 11.6 ppg entering 2021 season ranks fourth in her draft class, trailing only the top three picks from the 2018 draft
  • One of only eight WNBA players who has made 30 or more threes in each of the last three seasons
 

Megan Walker – 9th overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft by New York…acquired by Phoenix on February 10, 2021 in a trade with New York

  • Saw action in 18 games during her rookie season with New York inn 2020
  • Was one of only three draft-eligible juniors to enter the 2020 WNBA draft