Monday, May 14, 2007

GM Survey

Be sure to check back later today, as we blog live from Storm Media Day, which runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. debuted its always-entertaining GM Survey today. Two Storm players got the love - Iziane Castro Marques, the choice of half of the 10 GMs who voted to be the international player who has the biggest breakout season, and Lauren Jackson, picked by 8 of 11 as the best international player in the game (as for the other three, try to trade with them).

Jackson's turnaround baseline fadeaway got the nod as the most effective go-to move in the league, but surprisingly Jackson got no votes as the player people would pick if starting a franchise today.

Katie Gearlds got one vote as the rookie who will be best in five years, and the Storm got one vote as the most improved team in the league.

Off the top of my head, my picks in each category (Storm players excluded):

Player to start a franchise? - Diana Taurasi
Breakout season in 2007? - Monique Currie
Most effective move? - Cappie Pondexter's crossover
Most underrated player? - Penny Taylor
Best rookie in five years? - Lindsey Harding
Best "Sleeper" rookie? - Marta Fernandez (not technically part of the Draft class, but the Spaniard is a rookie)
Most improved team? - Chicago Sky
Most fun to watch? - Phoenix Mercury
Best perimeter defender? - Tully Bevilaqua
Best interior defender? - Yolanda Griffith
Best international player? - Um, since I can't pick LJ, Penny Taylor
International breakout? - Belinda Snell

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