She is averaging 39.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.9 steals and 1.4 blocks. She leads the league in efficiency rating. She’s hit 40+ points seven times, 50+ three times and scored exactly 60 points once. Her team, the Shanxi Flame, is in second place.
But due to injury, Maya Moore will not be playing in the Chinese Women’s All-Star Game.
No word on the extent of the injury; but it is apparently serious enough for the hands-down best player in the league to stop and get some rest before the upcoming playoffs. Totally understandable, as evidenced by her above statistics. And as seen by our own two eyes, which witnessed Moore dominate a game in pretty much every single aspect against Beijing at Shougang Gymnasium last December.
The news on Moore’s injury comes after Twitter speculation, of which we were a bit guilty of as well, that she had simply been snubbed:
The Chinese Basketball Assoc denies American Maya Moore a place at all-star game even tho she is averaging 40 pts/game in their league. scum
— Adam Minter (@AdamMinter) January 7, 2013
RT @adamminter Despite averaging over 40 pts/game, Maya Moore has been denied a spot in next week’s chinese women’s basketball all-star game
— Jon Pastuszek (@NiuBBall) January 7, 2013
Instead, Sophia Young, who plays for the Beijing Great Wall, will suit up for the North Team.