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Diana Taurasi      

Guard for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury; Olympic Gold Medalist

Diana Taurasi is considered one of the greatest women to play basketball. Her penchant for scoring in crucial situations has earned her the nickname "White Mamba", first coined by Kobe Bryant. Current Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton also labelled her as the Michael Jordan of the WNBA.

Taurasi was drafted by Phoenix first overall in the 2004 WNBA draft. Since the day she was drafted, Taurasi has won three WNBA championships, one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award, two WNBA Finals MVP Awards, four Olympic gold medals, five scoring titles and one WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.

She has also been selected to nine WNBA All-Star teams and ten All-WNBA teams. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time. On June 18, 2017, Taurasi became the WNBA all-time leading scorer.

Following a stellar collegiate career, Taurasi was taken first overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft. Especially after leading the Mercury to its first championship, she has yet to disappoint in the pros. Taurasi averaged 17.0 points a game as a rookie, led the league in scoring (25.3 ppg) for the 2006 season, and finished third (19.2 ppg) in 2007. The 2004 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a three-time all-star, Taurasi's basketball exploits led to the Air Taurasi, Nike's first signature women's shoe, which was released in fall 2005.

Taurasi played for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, earning her fourth gold medal while helping USA beat Spain 101–72 in the final gold medal game.

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