Earlier this month, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer chose Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson as the third best athlete in Seattle.â†µ
If you doubt that ranking, consider this press release for Jackson’s Player of the Week award for the week of July 12th – July 18.â†µ
By winning the Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award for the fifth time in the first nine weeks of the 2010 season, Jackson extends her own WNBA record for such honors to 19 and ties her mark for the most Player of the Week awards in a single season. The Australian native also was selected as the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for both May and June.â†µ
Jackson, who ranks second in the WNBA in scoring (22.1 ppg) and sixth in both rebounds (9.4 rpg) and blocks (1.53 bpg) thus far in 2010, led Seattle to a 2-0 mark during the week. The wins, including a triple-overtime thriller at Phoenix, extended the Stormâ€™s record to 18-2, equaling the second best start in WNBA history. In the process, the 10th-year WNBA star increased her string of consecutive games scoring 20 or more points to six.â†µ
Let’s just say Jackson wins her third MVP award this season — would anybody be willing to move her up on that list of Seattle’s top athletes?