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PostPosted: 02/07/21 12:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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JThomas, January, Hiedeman and JJones all shoot threes, at around league average or better. Smalls too, if she cracks the rotation. With JJones basically replacing AThomas, it's a better three-point shooting team than the one that was a game away from the Finals last season. They're gonna have some issues, but I'm not convinced that that's the biggest one.


All may be close to average, but according to HerHoopStats, the Sun were 11th in the league in three-point percentage and 10th in points from three-pointers.

And I don't see any upgrade on the roster.

Apart from the All-Star center who shoots 39% from three for her career and finished 3rd in MVP voting in her last WNBA season?


For her career, Jones averages 0.9 three-pointers made per game. Percentage alone does not tell the story.

Indeed it doesn't. Of course you're ignoring the huge uptick in threes (both attempts and makes) in her last two WNBA seasons. She's next to names like Chelsea Gray, Tiffany Hayes, Jewell Loyd and Kelsey Plum in those lists for 2019.



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Richyyy wrote:
ClayK wrote:
Richyyy wrote:
ClayK wrote:
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JThomas, January, Hiedeman and JJones all shoot threes, at around league average or better. Smalls too, if she cracks the rotation. With JJones basically replacing AThomas, it's a better three-point shooting team than the one that was a game away from the Finals last season. They're gonna have some issues, but I'm not convinced that that's the biggest one.


All may be close to average, but according to HerHoopStats, the Sun were 11th in the league in three-point percentage and 10th in points from three-pointers.

And I don't see any upgrade on the roster.

Apart from the All-Star center who shoots 39% from three for her career and finished 3rd in MVP voting in her last WNBA season?


For her career, Jones averages 0.9 three-pointers made per game. Percentage alone does not tell the story.

Indeed it doesn't. Of course you're ignoring the huge uptick in threes (both attempts and makes) in her last two WNBA seasons. She's next to names like Chelsea Gray, Tiffany Hayes, Jewell Loyd and Kelsey Plum in those lists for 2019.


She made 1.3 a game in 2019 ... if she doubles that, I agree, and she might if Jones takes over the middle. But it's also true that if threes become a bigger part of her game, and she's guarded by fours, she'll get fewer open looks.



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NEWS: Amber Cox has been named KC's Chief Operating Officer. Previously she served as Mohegan Sun's VP of Sports w/ @WNBA's Connecticut Sun & @NLL's New England Black Wolves. Cox also has experience leading @NWSL's Houston Dash & @MLS' Houston Dynamo.

https://www.kcwoso.com/news/amber-cox-named-club-chief-operating-officer



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PostPosted: 02/16/21 3:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I mentioned this in another thread, but looking at starters thoughout the league, I am most concearned about the Sun's backcourt. Jasmine Thomas is probably on the downslope at point, and they don't have an obvious starter at shooting guard. And whoever ends up starting there out of their current signees, it's the weakest starter in the league at this point in free agency. January isn't effective as a scorer at this point in her career and none of their other wing players have shown they are anywhere near starter-worthy. They do not have a first round draft pick. Odyssey Sims is starting to look like a league pariah, but she would objectively be an upgrade and immediate starter in the backcourt in Connecticut.



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Only way Sun can afford Sims is if A. Thomas is suspended for the year.



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PostPosted: 02/16/21 3:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, barring a trade to drop someone (or that suspension), they have to fit four players into $239,554. Which essentially means four players on the 0-2yr minimum of $58,710, with maybe one of them replaced by a draft pick. They can't even afford to keep both their second-round picks, never mind someone like Sims whose minimum is the 3+ version at $70,040.

https://herhoopstats.com/salary-cap-sheet/wnba/team/connecticut-sun-11eaecc7-3562-4a0a-b611-2362f5011b0b/



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PostPosted: 02/16/21 5:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I'm surprised nobody's talking about Connecticut. Looking at my projected starters in the league, whoever the Sun decides to start at shooting guard is dead last. That's the single weakest starting spot in the league at this point in free agency. Sims, to me, would be a huge upgrade and obvious starter in the backcourt there. Heck, Walker-Kimbrough is probably a better option than what they've currently got.


Imo no one's talking about Connecticut because they've done largely nothing this offseason compared to the other teams. They still haven't really addressed their main weakness across the roster, which is the shooting. I guess they assume Jonquel Jones can singlehandedly do that, plus replicate Alyssa Thomas' statistical output, plus replace the leadership & spirit that she provided.

Man though, is Thomas really about to get paid for getting injured overseas, when the Sun weren't even willing to do that with Ogwumike several years back? And that was back when top salaries were damn near half of what they are now. AT staying on the active roster means her team will only have at max 10 'healthy' players the whole year, and the bench will be weak as ever again so the starters will have to trudge along, playing the bulk of the minutes, again. But I guess since she's given so much to the team the past few years while playing hurt, both sides might figure that this is the Sun's way of repaying her – even if it is at the cost of the team's success. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



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