In 2006, Taurasi averaged a WNBA record 25.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, including a career-high 47 points in a triple overtime regular season victory against the Houston Comets (a then league record that was recently broken by Maya Moore).During that game she made a WNBA record 8 three-pointers (which has since been tied by Riquna Williams).
In addition to the national recognition she received during her time at UConn, Taurasi was held in legendary status by many Connecticut fans.
For example, state senator Thomas Gaffey nominated her to join Prudence Crandall as the state's heroine.
In 2007, Taurasi finally reached the WNBA playoffs.
In the first round, the Mercury eliminated the Seattle Storm two games to none.
In the 2009 season, Taurasi was named the WNBA MVP and later led the Phoenix Mercury to its second WNBA championship in three years by beating the Indiana Fever, three games to two, as Taurasi was named the WNBA Finals MVP.
Taurasi is one of only two players (the other being Cynthia Cooper-Dyke), to win the season scoring title, the season MVP award, a WNBA Championship and the finals MVP in the same season.
For the season, the rookie averaged 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Although the Mercury did not qualify for the playoffs, Taurasi was named to the Western Conference All Star team and won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Entering the 2014 season, Taurasi became 2nd ranked in career points per game, 5th in career points and 9th in career assists.
In the 2014 season, with a supporting cast of all-star power forward Candice Dupree (who was traded to the Mercury in 2010), rising star Brittney Griner (who was drafted 1st overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft) and the arrival of new head coach Sandy Brondello, the Phoenix Mercury finished 29-5, setting the record for most wins in a regular season, earning the top seed in the western conference.
At times in her career, she had to play forward because there were shorter players in the starting five on her team. Also, right before the 2004 season, the Mercury acquired all-star Penny Taylor in a dispersal draft, to strengthen their roster.