Sports Odds and Ends
In March, the Minnesota Lynx unveiled its All-25 team for its 25th anniversary season. Twenty of the 25 selected players are Black.
The qualifications for the honor are 1,000+ points, 500+ rebounds, 50+ games started, member of at least two WNBA championship teams, at least one All-Star game, and/or won individual awards as a Lynx. Here are the 25 players, in no particular order:
Nicky Anosike, center, 2008-10: 2008 All-Rookie team, 2009 first team All-Defensive, played in 2009 WASG.
Crystal Dangerfield, guard, 2020-21: Fifth MN player ever to win Rookie of the Year (2020), started 19 of her final 20 games in her debut season in the Wubble.
Charde Houston, small forward, 2008-11: Scored 16 points in 2009 WASG, won 2011 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, member of Minnesota’s first WNBA championship team in 2011.
Devereaux Peters, power forward, 2012-15: Member of two Lynx championship teams (2013, 2015), led all 2012 rookies in shooting (56 percent). Played in every game as a reserve in 2013.
Odyssey Sims, guard, 2019-20, 2022: Started all 34 games and led team in scoring and assists (2019). Played in her first All-Star game and scored 10 points in 2019.
Damaris Dantas, power forward, 2014-15, 2019-22: Fourth player in team history to serve separate stints with Minnesota, 12th overall pick in 2012, part of 2014 midseason three-team trade for Sylvia Fowles; re-signed with Minnesota in 2019.
Tonya Edwards, guard, 1999: First All-Star in team history.
Tamika Williams, power forward, 2002-07: She scored the winning basket in Minnesota’s first-ever playoff game in 2003 in a comeback win over Los Angeles. Set a WNBA record for FG accuracy in a season (66.8 percent) in 2003.
Monica Wright, guard, 2010-13: Made W All-Rookie team in 2010. Member of two Lynx title clubs (2011, 2013). Averaged nine points off the bench in the playoffs as a key reserve in Minnesota’s 2013 championship.
Teresa Edwards, guard, 2003-04: As PG helped Minnesota make their first-ever playoff berth as the league’s oldest rookie (age 40). Played her final two pro seasons in Minnesota, then later rejoined the club as an assistant coach.
Betty Lennox, guard, 2000-02: 2000 WNBA Rookie of the Year, the franchise’s first such winner. An All-Star in her rookie year. A fan favorite who averaged around 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists per game.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin, center, 2011-12: Helped Minnesota win its first WNBA title and considered one of the best post players in league history.
Kayla McBride, small forward, 2021-present: Signed with Minnesota in 2021. Finished among the league leaders in scoring, three-point accuracy, and free throws made.
Janel McCarville, center, 2013, 2014, 2016: Starting center in 2013 and 2014. Ranked second behind Candace Parker in 2013 in assists.
Renee Montgomery, guard, 2009, 2015-17: Made All-Rookie team in 2009. Traded to Connecticut in 2010 for Lindsay Whalen. Returned in 2015 and was a key player in Lynx’s 2015 and 2017 championship teams.
Svetlana Abrosimova, forward, 2001-07: Was a foundational piece in the franchise’s early years, averaging double figures in scoring as a starter her first three years in the league.
Napheesa Collier, forward, 2019-present: 2019 Rookie of the Year, 2020 All-WNBA second team, and All-Defensive second team. Two time All-Star (2019, 2021).
Nicole Ohlde, forward/center, 2004-08: Started every game in a Lynx uniform (170 games).
Katie Smith, guard, 1999-2005: Averaged a career-high 23.1 ppg in 2001. Four straight All-WNBA selections, five-time WASG. Now the team’s associate head coach.
Candice Wiggins, guard, 2008-12: 2008 All-Rookie and 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year. Member of Lynx’s first championship team.
Seimone Augustus, guard, 2006-19: The team’s franchise player, 2006 Rookie of the Year, 2011 Finals MVP.
Rebekkah Brunson, power forward, 2010-18: Cemented the franchise’s dynasty run when acquired in 2009 dispersal draft. Now an assistant coach.
Sylvia Fowles, center, 2015-22: Her uniform number will be retired this summer.
Maya Moore, forward, 2011-22: Three-time All-Star MVP, 2014 league MVP.
Lindsay Whalen, guard, 2010-20: Her uniform number was the first Minnesota Lynx jersey retired in 2019.
The Minnesota Lynx 25 legends will be part of a reunion weekend beginning June 9 to celebrate the 25th anniversary and the historic accomplishments of the franchise.
This story was updated to correct the number of Black players on the Lynx All-25 team from 19 to 20.