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BEST LYNX PLAYER Minneapolis 2001 - Betty Lennox

Readers' Choice: Katie Smith

There are only two realistic choices here: Katie Smith and Betty Lennox. The two WNBA All Stars accounted for a whopping 54 percent of the Lynx's scoring last season, averaging 20 and 17 points per game respectively. On top of that, the dynamic duo were responsible for more than a third of the team's assists and finished one-two in steals. Makes you kinda wonder what the rest of the team was doing all season. We give Lennox the slight edge for two reasons: youth and rebounding. The 24-year-old Louisiana Tech product was last season's runaway Rookie of the Year and is the chief reason to be optimistic that this season the Lynx will top their back-to-back 15-17 seasons. Then there's Lennox's size--or lack thereof. Some of her opponents stand a half-foot taller than her diminutive five-foot-eight. So it's nothing short of astounding that the rookie notched three double-doubles last season and led the team in rebounding with 5.6 boards per game. Those are some tall stats.

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