2013 Connecticut Sun Team Preview

 

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The Sun! The Sun! The Sun! Last year the Sun had a huge playoff but they didn’t come away with the Championship. They have all the Championship pieces but they can’t seem to get it. They got one of the best picks in the Draft by picking up Kelly Faris. Faris is probably the best defenders this draft will see. Any team would be lucky to pick her up. She may not be good at anything particular but her defense will definitely carry her team. The Sun picked a great player to add to their team.

Tina Charles is the reigning MVP and I know she’s going to be thirsty for a Championship. Last year, Charles had huge competition with Candace Parker from the Los Angeles Sparks. If Charles wants a another MVP season and a good look at the Championships, she will have to work twice as hard if she wants to beat Parker.

I’m not sure how the Sun continue to do well. When you look at their roster nothing jumps out but when you see them play, a different player stands out a different time. Renee Montgomery does a good job at holding her team together. The Sun have had moments where they could have lost composure and lost the game, but Montgomery keeps her team level headed and composed. Coach Donovan is definitely a huge part of their success. She knows exactly who to put on the floor that will make the game change. She knows exactly what to say in huddles and during halftime that wakes her team up and keeps the spark. She controls her team very well and it proves to help immensely.

The Sun can have another good season if they continue to make things happen.

2013 Seattle Storm Team Preview

Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx

The Seattle Storm are going to have a rough season regardless of who they bring in. Their whole team dynamics have changed and it’s going to be hard for the team to bounce back. The Storm have tried to bring in people to fill the PG and C spot but Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson being out this season is a big blow.

The first pick for the Storm in this draft was Tianna Hawkins. She’s a Forward from Maryland that has a pretty good rebounding game. She isn’t the best but when the Storm need her she will help out on the boards.  She isn’t the best scorer but she is going to help Seattle out in the long run. Chelsea Poppens was the 18th pick and she is another big rebounder that the Storm will definitely need. The Storm are a team that don’t commit many fouls They don’t enjoy losing free points on the line and in college Poppens was a huge fouler. That may not fit in well with the Storms team. The last player they selected was Jasmine James. Jasmine is a good player and her defense is going to be good. She is a great defender. She comes up with so many steals and that’s going to help generate some Seattle offense.

The Storm lost Bird and they made a good effort to try and replace her Temeka Johnson. Johnson has played for a few different teams in the WNBA so she definitely have the experience. She’s going to bring leadership and be a good point guard. Last year, she played for the Tulsa Shock and she has had one of her best seasons. She brough a lot to their team even though their record didn’t show it. She’s going to be the same kind of player now that she’s with the Storm. Tanisha Wright, Shekinah Stricklen, and Tina Thompson all need to step up their game if they want to have a winnings season. Thompson needs to perfect her range so they can count on he to sink a 3 when the team needs it. Shekinah Stricklen will definitely be on and off the bench helping her team get it together and score. Wright will probably be the face of this team because she has the experience the tenacity to get after things. These 3 players are huge in the success of this team.

2013 Washington Mystics Team Preview

 

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The Washington Mystics have acquired quite a few players that will change the game for them. Last year, their season didn’t go as planned but maybe this year, with their new draft picks and new acquisitions, their season will turn around. The Mystics have some great strengths but their strengths don’t carry them far. This year, they’ve tried to fill their weaknesses so they can have a more successful season. The Mystics are a good defensive team, they make stops and force turnovers on the defensive end but they physically can not score. They have a lot of post players which is usually good but once you stop their post players, they offense is over. In the draft, they definitely need a scorer and some perimeter players.

This year from the draft they picked up Taylor Hill, Nadirah McKenith, and Emma Meesseman. Taylor Hill is a guard from Ohio State University She is 5’10 and will definitely be a good part of their team. She average 15.3ppg during high school. She’s a good free throw shooter so if she can get to the line she can really rack up some points. McKenith is from St. John’s and she is a similar player to Hill. She’s going to help her team from the line and with some quick assists. Their last draft pick, Meesseman, is from France. She’s a center they’ve acquired. She’s going to add to the height that the Mystics already have. These players increased the guard depth on the bench as well as adding some variety at the center position.

Chrystal Langhorne does everything for this team. She is the leading scorer and leading rebounder. Without her, this team doesn’t have a leg to stand on. She does a lot for the Mystics but now she has help. The Mystics not only have great draft picks but they also got Quanitra Hollingsworth, Kia Vaughn, and Ivory Latta. Ivory Latta is definitely going to effect this team in a great way! She was one of the leading scorers for Tulsa and with the team the Mystics have, she’s going to be great. Shannon Bobbit and Latta will make a great backcourt for scoring and playmaking. Kia Vaughn has always been a great player. She was the Most Improved Player in 2011 and she’s kept improving throughout the years.

Pre-Season so far

May 9

Dream LogoThe Preseason began with the Dream playing Tulsa. The Final score was Dream 72 and Shock 58. It seemed as though these teams were going to exchange the lead after the first quarter but the Dream lead in all 4 quarters and eventually took the game from the Shock. Courtney Clements, a rookie from San Diego State, led her team with 18 points. Aneika Henry led her team with 11 rebounds. Kayla Pederson led her team with 11 points and Courtney Paris led her team with 9 rebounds.

May 11

feverThe reigning champs, the Indiana Fever, took on the San Antonio Silver Stars. Catchings led her team with 17 points and 6 rebounds. The reigning MVP seems to want another MVP season. Jia Perkins had a huge game for her team scoring 14 points while Julie Wojta grabbed 7 rebounds. This game was a great first game for these two teams and it will prove to be a good season for them both.

connecticut-sun-The Liberty and the Sun were the next to face off. The Sun beat the Liberty 83-74. Kamiko Williams, rookie form Tennessee, was the leading scorer racking up 12 points. Allison Hightower led her team with 12 points as well. The Liberty tried to come back in the 4th quarter put their push wasn’t successful.

May 12

Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota LynxThe Seattle Storm edged out the Los Angeles Sparks winning their game 67-66. Noelle Quinn had a good first preseason game with the Storm leading her team with 7 rebounds. Tina Thompson tied the game high by scoring 8 points. Ebony Hoffman also scored 8 points to lead the Sparks. Paola Ferrari, a rookie from Abilene Christian, had 6 rebounds for the Sparks. These 2 teams will meet again 4 times this season.

2013 WNBA Draft

The Draft is over and, like any other year, the teams had a great selection of players to choose from. The #ThreeToSee, as expected came out with the first 3 draft picks. From their, it was all jumbled. You’ll see in this blog whether I think teams made the right choice and what they can do to insure their decision won’t backfire.

boneIt seems like there’s always that one team that has the opportunity to make a good draft choice and at the last second they pick someone else. This year, and unfortunately for them, and last year that team was the New York Liberty. The Liberty’s Coach Bill Laimbeer talked about adding Kelly Farris to his season since he knew she was going to be in the draft. He talked about how she would help the team’s defense. Farris wasn’t a huge player in college. She had her moments where she had big plays but her defense was always solid. Laimbeer likes hard work and toughness and she is definitely the perfect example for both of those qualities. The Liberty had a lot of options and I don’t believe they capitalized. They had the option to pick A’Dia Matthies who is a versatile guard from Kentucky. She is a good three point shooter and adds another element to the floor. Another good pick for the Liberty would have been Layshia Clarendon. She might be one of the best shooting guards in the draft this year but she is definitely under estimated. The Liberty had options with the 5th overall. Instead of going with a versatile guard, they went for another big player and chose Kelsey Bone. She’s a good player don’t get me wrong but maybe not the right piece for the Liberty puzzle. We’ll see during the season how that works out for them.

Brittney Griner, Asha Hampton-FinchThe Phoenix Mercury had the first pick in the draft. Everyone knew who they were going to pick when they saw the lottery results. Phoenix picking Brittney Griner is a no brainer but they definitely could have done better and found a better fit for their team. Griner is one of the bigs that were in this draft. She did a great job in college shutting people down and blocking shots but that’s definitely not gonna happen in the league. Griner reminds me of Sylvia Fowles. Fowles was a great shot blocker in college and she had a couple dunks but once she came to the league, she had to go up against veteran post players. These veterans may not be swatting balls and dunking but they aren’t easy. Griner is a slow player and her defense isn’t that great. Phoenix has one of the best defenesive teams and they like to have a quick paced game. Griner just doesn’t fit right now. If I were Phoenix, I definitely would have chosen Elena Delle Donne. She is a guard/forward that can literally play anywhere on the floor. Yes the Mercury needed a post person but having a versatile forward is just as good. Delle Donne can shoot the outside jumper, hit some 3s, and can drive in and post up a player. She’s a threat anywhere on the court and off the court. She is just as threatening on the floor as she is on the bench. I can’t guaruntee the success of Griner but the Mercury team would’ve had a better go with Delle Donne.

skylarThe Tulsa Shock picking up Skylur Diggins is no shock to me. During the offseason, they picked up Candice Wiggins from the Minnesota Lynx. Diggins and Wiggins have been fighting to play with each in the league for years and it’s now reality. These players have the same style of play and they will mesh well together. Tulsa has a lot of newer plays on their roster making them a young team. Even though they are a young team, they could definitely have a great season. They’ve got everything they need! Kayla Pedersen, Glory Johnson, and Amber Holt will still be a great Forward trio. Pederson did great adding a little bit of outside range for the Shock and Johnson is a forward that plays like a guard. The Shock backcourt is great now being filled with Diggins and Wiggins. These two will be a force coming down the court on a fast break. This is going to be a quick paced and scrappy team.They may not have size but their speed is incredible!

mathiesThe Los Angeles Sparks going into this draft didn’t need anything particular. They had a really great team last year, they lost a few players but they gained so much more in Lindsay Harding. The Sparks had the 10th pick and they chose A’dia Matthies. Matthies has set so many records for her school and led her team to the winningest season. The Sparks have a great back court and Matthies will add depth and a spark off the bench. There is no one on this Sparks team that doesn’t have the ability to stand out and Matthies is no exception. The Sparks are going to do very again this season especially with this new addition.

2013 WNBA Draft: Griner vs Della Don

Who gets your vote as the best player in this draft class????

New WNBA Logo

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The WNBA made a huge change this year and created a new logo. President Laurel Richie and her team wanted to evolve the logo as the game is evolving. The players are becoming better, more athletic, and more diverse. It was time for a change and the WNBA made that change. One of my favorite changes is the colors. That now sets them aside from their male counterparts. They are branching away from being like the NBA. They are now more than ever creating their own pathway. Richie believed that the WNBA logo should reflect the players. She says she looked at Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash, and Diana Taurasi to set the tone for the logo.

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There’s an equation that goes with the creation of the new logo. The first was the old logo. The second part is the color of their ball. The fans think that that is the thing that is most iconic. Even though they are branching away from NBA they want to keep the affiliation because they are proud of that. Those 3 things created the new logo of the WNBA. There’s a lot of women in this league that have the athleticism to be the logo woman. Check out Twitter and Facebook to see who others think it is.

The WNBA is about to start its 17th season welcoming another great group of Rookies as well as some returning vets. It’s going to be another great season! Make sure you check everything out! The draft and preseason are coming soon. I won’t miss it, will you?

~ LB

WNBA Trade Central

Before every season, or sometimes during the season, there are huge trades that are made. Trades that we would never expect seem to come out of the blue! This year was no different!

20130401-171134.jpgLindsay Harding, previously of the Atlanta Dream, is now with the Los Angeles Sparks. Harding was a huge factor in much of the success of the Dream last season. She was a great point guard that helped circle the ball throughout her team. She was a great asset to Angel McCoughtry as well as her team. She had several big games that sealed wins for the Dream and there’s no doubt she will continue to do the same for the Sparks. Last year, Kristi Toliver was one of the main guards for the Sparks. She was a great court leader and created great opportunities for her teammates. Harding is going to do the same. Harding will also be reunited with former teammate Alana Beard. There’s going to be a great chemistry that this team finds and they are going to have another great year with a huge possibility of a championship.

20130401-171319.jpgThe Mystics have acquires Ivory Latta from the Tulsa Shock. Every since Latta has been in the WNBA she has changed the dynamics of each team she has played with. She is a well rounded player. She can either be your top scorer or your top contributor. She takes the position you need her to take. For the Mystics, she’s probably going to be a scorer. They have a little trouble in their back court and choosing her was a great selection. She’s a 6 year player that still brings huge energy off the bench and can lead. If the mystics use her to their advantage she will definitely change the game for them.

20130401-171426.jpgTemeka Johnson is headed to the Seattle Storm. Last year with Tulsa she proved to be the team leader. She averaged a career high 12.2 ppg with this team an improved her 3-point range percentage to 53%. She is exactly what the Storm needs in their time without Sue Bird. Bird and Johnson have similar stats in their past season so it should be a good fill. Lauren Jackson and Bird’s chemistry might not be there but I’m sure Johnson and Jackson will form a bond that might help this team bounce back.

20130401-171517.jpgJanel McCarville has returned to the WnBa and she is now with the Minnesota Lynx. She is now reuniting with fellow gopher Lindsey Whalen. There’s two have great chemistry in colleens so there’s a possibility it might be rekindled. McCarville has played in the WnBa since 2010 so it’s likely she may not improve the game as much as expected. Rebel lag Brunson and McCarville will make a great team in the grit court.

cheryl fordThe Liberty always find ways to get great players, this season is no different. This year they acquired 3 great veteran players: Cheryl For, Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan. Cheryl Ford is a huge player! There’s not gonna be many people that can stand toe to toe with ehr. Granted, players like Candace Parker are going to give her a run for her money but she just as strong if not stronger. Katie Smith is going to be a great leader. She might not lead the team this year in points or rebounds or assists, but she is definitely gonna add some wisdom. Deanna Nolan has all the tenacity in the world and that’s gonna be great on the defensive end. She is going to change the game defensively for the Liberty. All of these players are going to bring a huge charge to the Liberty. The Liberty also gained draft picks that will increase their team as well. They have the most draft picks in the entire draft. They have so many chances for great picks. They are looking for defense and they got it in all these players.

~ LB

Thibault Gets Canned–Quick Thoughts

I find it a little pathetic that Coach Thibault got fired. Is it his fault the Sun can’t win a ring? NO. They just don’t play good in the PL. There are some teams that play great during the regular season, and then tank during the PL. (Spurs) CT firing Thibault is ridic. Maybe the players should work harder in the PL. I am sick of these organizations blaming the coach! It’s also IGNORANT to criticize Thibault after THIS years finals! NO ONE was going to stop Catchings from getting that ring!!

Ringless No More


I think we all can honestly say that we we were trying to hold off tears last night. We all were able to maintain our composure….until Tamika herself began to cry. Catchings, never been the first player to show her emotions. In fact many people often question, “how can you be so good and have no emotions after hitting that fade away jumper??” I believe that statements such as that will never be uttered again in regards to Tamika. Now i’m sure every single article right now is saying every thing I am saying. How happy it is to see such a deserving person/player get a ring!!!!! Although I am overjoyed for Catchings, I truly must say that she’s not the only person I would like to talk about.

I can honestly set her and talk about nearly every player on this Fever team, because in my own opinion, this was the first title that I have ever seen in the WNBA, that was a TEAM EFFORT!!!!

[Let me clarify. Although there are many titles that have been claimed by teams playing as a unit; I feel like for the first time, there was a team that did not even closely match up with their opponents..on paper; and yet they won the title.]

This girl here ——->

All I can say is………………. RESPECT!!!!!!

I have the utmost respect for this woman!!!! As i’ve stated before, I have always liked Zellous. But I could not give you a reason for me liking her. I couldn’t talk greatly about offense like I could say Kristi Toliver. However I always got this feeling like she could truly be a key player for the Fever one day.. Welp, that day has came and gone, and in the blink of an eye, this woman here is a CHAMPION!!!!!! Although Catchings was the clear MVP of the series, I think we all can agree that if Zellous had not stepped up offensively, than we would all be preparing ourselves for a Game 5………hell actually the Lynx would already be the repeating champions!!!! I feel as if I have been able to watch a flower bloom right in front of my eyes. From game 1-2 Zellous was starting to trust herself. Little by little she was scoring, playing good defense. Then you starting to see her in Games 3 and 4 taking fade away shots as if she truly believed that she was the best player on the court! I love that about her game! I can go on and on about this girl, but I will just stop here. Let me just say again… RESPECT!!!!

Last but most importantly….. I keep this simple…

DEFENSE WINS GAMES…………DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!