May 21, 2013
NEW YORK -- Alumnae of the Tennessee women's basketball program, including Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson, were significant vote-getters in the 11th-annual WNBA.com General Manager Survey, released by the league on Wednesday.
The complete results of the exclusive survey are posted on WNBA.com in advance of WNBA Tip-Off 2013 presented by Boost Mobile, when the defending champion Indiana Fever and reigning WNBA Finals MVP Catchings visit the San Antonio Silver Stars Friday, May 24 (8 p.m. ET).
Parker, of the Los Angeles Sparks, and the Fever's Catchings figured prominently in a number of categories. Parker, who led all vote-getters as the choice for MVP (42 percent), also was selected as the player with the greatest hunger to win a championship in 2013 (30 percent).
Now in her sixth WNBA season, Parker was the only player to receive votes as the best player at all three frontcourt positions, ranking as the No. 2 power forward (36 percent) and center (17 percent), and as the No. 3 small forward.
Catchings, the league's regular season MVP in 2011 and the 2012 WNBA Finals MVP, was this year chosen by GMs as the best leader among players (67 percent), the toughest player (64 percent), the top power forward (46 percent) and the favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year (42 percent). Catchings also tied for the lead with Brittney Griner as the player a team would sign first if starting a franchise today (25 percent each).
At the forward spot, the versatile Catchings (46 percent) was selected as the No. 1 power forward and shared the top spot among small forwards with Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry (33 percent apiece).
Kara Lawson of the Connecticut Sun drew high praise for her potential as a team leader once her playing career is over. She was voted the active player who would make the best head coach (42 percent).
Kamiko Williams of the New York Liberty tied for second among "sleeper" rookies most likely to be a success. To see where all Lady Vol alums ranked in the polling, please click on and read the complete WNBA release above.