Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson, two different profiles but connected by winning

September 12, 2021 by archyde

They are two faces of WNBA rackets, Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson are about to enter the Hall of Fame. Two well-deserved inductions for those who have greatly participated in the evolution of women’s basketball on American soil. We present the profiles in a few lines for those who did not know, while waiting for the evening festivities.

Between these ladies, there are many points in common. First, they’re both franchise legends: Yolanda Griffith with the Sacramento Monarchs, and Lauren Jackson with the Seattle Storm. Then, the rewards – collective or individual – are tidy in their respective cupboards, even if it means being sometimes in the same, they which have evolved together during the 2008 season. Finally, they are each used to rackets from WNBA, but in their own way. If Yolanda Griffith is this small interior of 1m93, solid on her supports and not the last to accept contact, Lauren Jackson can for her part move away from the barbarian zone to shoot with a percentage of 35% at 3-points , over his entire career. Her profile is more innovative and if she retired in 2016, the legacy left is comparable to that of Dirk Nowitzki in the NBA. Winner of the WNBA title in 2004 and 2010, Lauren Jackson was voted MVP of the seasons 2003, 2007 and 2010, thus linking the decade of women’s basketball to her name. Her versatility is probably one of the most developed ever seen on a WNBA floor: author of an average of 23.8 points in fiscal 2007, she is also named best defender of the season. At such a level of excellence, one rarely goes with the other, but Lauren Jackson knows how to score and defend, enough to justify her presence at tonight’s ceremony.

For Yolanda Griffith, the extent of her greatness is no less extensive than that of his Australian colleague. It is about honoring a player in the service of the collective and not stingy in the debauchery of energy, who completely changed dimension by winning the WNBA title in 2005. On her rookie exercise of 1999 – strangely the best – she proposed 18 , 8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.9 against and 1.6 assist at 54% shooting. The statistical line is phenomenal and revealing a great power which has been a figurehead of his game throughout his career. She also very logically achieved the treble by being elected MVP, best defender and best rookie of the 1999 season, the other winners could not do better than this double-double that looks like a purple wall. So yes, she instantly made history from her first WNBA campaign, but what memories would we have of her without the title won in 2005? That of a player who simply scored a year of women’s basketball, nothing more. And so, although its impact has diminished over the years, it will nab – in addition to the collective holy grail – the MVP trophy of the 2005 Finals. But, what has she not won?

The careers of these ladies command respect and we advise you to go toper the highlights of these two monsters. They will leave behind something solid that will not soon be forgotten on the WNBA floors. Tonight we will follow their speeches with attention respective ones, without falling into mythological praise when we only saw 3 games during the season. We see you.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my