Bonner flying under the radar for Mercury
By Jasmine Brown
The Mercury had lost three games in a row and dropped 13 straight to the Lynx. Both losing streaks came to an end thanks to the play of DeWanna Bonner, who had 24 points in the Mercury’s 95-85 win in Minnesota.
Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi got their points as usual, but Bonner had arguably her best game on offense and defense in the win.
Bonner is one of two players to rank in the top 15 in points, rebounds and assists this season. She is the fourth all-time leading scorer in Mercury history. She is an aggressive player on offense and a defensive stopper, too.
This leads to an interesting question: Why isn’t Bonner talked about more often in terms of her overall career?
Bonner was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. In a league where players are shopped around every season, Bonner has played her entire career with the Mercury. She has won two WNBA titles (2009, 2014), was named WNBA Sixth Man of the Year for three straight years (2009, 2010, 2011) and was an All-Star (2015).
Why is this season so special for Bonner? Well, she is having an extraordinary season nine months after having twins. She gave birth to two children and has already put in work to get back on the court to have the season she’s having right now.
Bonner may be one of the best two-way players in the league. She is known to be an
offensive weapon, but she gets it done on the other side of the floor, too. She was a defensive stopper in the 2014 season when she had a career-best defensive rating of 98. It is safe to say Bonner will do anything to help her team. She has proven to be one of the most important players to put on a Mercury jersey and for that, she deserves to receive another All-Star spot this season. And, she deserves to be mentioned in “one of the greatest WNBA player” conversations.