PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury has re-signed 6-4 guard/forward DeWanna Bonner to a multi-year contract, the club announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With the new deal, Bonner is locked in along with the returning core for the Mercury, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi and three-time All-Stars Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree. The Mercury will add to that group the first pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, the most anticipated draft class in league history.
“DeWanna is a superstar in this league,” Head Coach and General Manager Corey Gaines said. “Last year we saw her true abilities as a playmaker and leader of our team. She can score the ball from anywhere on the court and create mismatches with anyone we play. No one in the WNBA has a player like DB.”
After winning the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award in each of her first three seasons, Bonner was thrust into the starting lineup in 2012 and emerged as a star. The 6-4 playmaker averaged a career-high 20.6 points per game, second-most in the league that season, and a 9.9-point improvement from her 2011 campaign (10.7 ppg), marking the fourth-highest scoring increase in league history. Bonner also averaged career highs in rebounds (7.7), assists (2.2), steals (1.7) and minutes played (35.2).
Last season, Bonner recorded three 30-point efforts, including a WNBA season-high 38 points on July 3 at San Antonio, and became one of just five players in franchise history to record multiple 30-point games in a single season (Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, Cappie Pondexter, Jennifer Gillom, and Brandy Reed).
“We are thrilled to re-sign DeWanna and keep our core group intact for the next several years,” said Mercury President and Chief Operating Officer Amber Cox. “We expect DB to be a cornerstone of this franchise for years to come.”
In just four seasons with the club, Bonner owns franchise records for highest career rebound average (6.5 per game), most double-doubles (19), most double-digit rebound games (23), and most 20-point, 10-rebound performances (10). She also ranks fourth all-time with 860 total rebounds, trailing only the likes of Taurasi, Taylor and Gillom.
The WNBA Draft will take place on Monday, April 15, with the first round to be broadcast on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The Mercury will host a draft party for more than 500 fans at Hotel Palomar beginning at 4:30 p.m. local time with Gaines, Vice President Ann Meyers Drysdale, and Mercury players and legends in attendance, as well as live look-ins from Bristol, Conn.
Source: Phoenix Mercury press release.