It still annoys me that Mitchell needs to be classified as naturalised, but anyway I still lean slightly in her direction as the player who helps us the most when we're at full strength.
The thing is, all 3 candidates - Mitchell, Whitcomb & Griffin - are automatic starters at their respective positions. In terms of team need, and how much better they are than the next best player at their respective positions, there are valid arguments for all 3 of them.
I think point guard being such an important role is what gives Leilani the edge. She reads the floor better than our alternatives, is poised, and is also a reliable scorer.
For the Asia Cup, with Cambage being out (as well as Tolo, Smith and Bunton), Griffin might have been the better pick but I don't know that she's healthy either atm.
Anyway the much bigger concern is the (lack of) depth of local players ready to step up to international level. There's going to be some turnover after Tokyo and right now I'm not loving the pool of replacements.
Is there gas in the car?
Yes there's gas in the car.