Sometimes it seems easy to overlook the smooth, mid-range game of Seimone Augustus on a team with the spectacular play of Maya Moore, the power of Sylvia Fowles, and the controlled aggression of Lindsay Whalen, but that would be a big mistake.
Augustus, 32 years old, is happy to let you think she is less of a threat, but consider this, without Augustus on the court beside them, would the others be as effective?
The mid-range jump shooter is a dying breed it seems, with the rise in three-point shooting and coaches professing their love for the shot. Augustus though has been a six-time All-WNBA selection, and 2011 WNBA finals Most Valuable Player thriving on that shot.
In fact, over 628 minutes played this season, Augustus has attempted 29 three-pointers. As a comparison, the Lynx's Keisha Hampton has taken 27, in 141 minutes!
With Augustus averaging a career low 11 points per game, rumblings inevitably begin about someone her age. Still, the Lynx are in first place overall (tied with Los Angeles), and while different players are doing different things than on last year's championship team, Augustus is still rolling along, doing what she does best, hitting big shots.
Before the recent game in Connecticut, we caught up with Augustus and talked about her recent Olympics experience, including a great story of her nerves before her first Olympic start and how they manifested themselves. We discussed the Lynx, and the way her shot seemed to improve in the Olympics, and more.
Enjoy Seimone Augustus, in her own words!