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PostPosted: 05/12/17 9:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Mystics opening roster:

PG: Toliver/Latta/Cloud
SG: Hill/Walker-Kimbrough/Simms
SF: Ruffin-Pratt/Taylor
PF: Delle Donne/Hawkins
C: Meesseman/Thomas



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The Mystics on their 2017 Opening Day Roster will have 7 players who weren't with the team at the end of the 2016 WNBA season.


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Gene Wang writes in the Washington Post that Emma will play the four games at the start of the season for the Mystics and then fly back to Belgium to be with her national team for the FIBA world championships qualifying. She's expected to miss roughly one month while overseas.


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PostPosted: 05/14/17 9:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Elena will be on Sports Center on Sunday Morning. Shows her playing dodge ball.


https://twitter.com/espnW/status/862770561558093825



A video of the dodge ball game played. This game was showed on ESPN this morning. The 6'2' older blonde women is Elena's Mom.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/video/19364161/elena-delle-donne-dominates-more-one-court


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Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault signs four-year contract extension
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“We are excited about the work that Mike has done in working to establish the Mystics as one of the premier teams in the WNBA and are pleased to have him lead us for years to come.,” said Sheila C. Johnson, Monumental Sports & Entertainment vice chairman and Mystics managing partner.


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I'd be intrigued to know how the value of Thibault's extension compares to Taurasi's from yesterday. I'd be willing to bet that Mike's on at least double, probably more like triple what Taurasi's getting.

Would be interesting if they considered putting coach salaries under the salary cap in the next CBA...



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I'd be intrigued to know how the value of Thibault's extension compares to Taurasi's from yesterday. I'd be willing to bet that Mike's on at least double, probably more like triple what Taurasi's getting.

Would be interesting if they considered putting coach salaries under the salary cap in the next CBA...


In 2014 assistant coaches were getting basically the same as a max player salary

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-dream-refuses-pay-assistant-coach-lawsuit-says/q5tvnQAmZ0Kr64oTXIMpUN/

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Ciampi got cut when a new head coach joined the team but the team won’t pay the remaining months on the $100,000-a-year contract.



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 9:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So Meeseman is gone for a month. Here is how the lineup looks now:

PG: Toliver/Latta/Cloud
SG: Hill/Walker-Kimbrough/Simms
SF: Ruffin-Pratt/Cloud
PF: Delle Donne/Taylor
C: Thomas/Hawkins

Meesseman - not with the team

Since SWK & Simms are not playing much, Hill and TRP are getting breathers by committee. Mostly Cloud comes in at the 1 & 3 and Latta at the 2.

Some observations:

1) Starters are mostly doing their jobs - KThomas is a better center than Meeseman NOTE: I am NOT NOT NOT saying she's a better player!
2) THawk is off to a great start, but will get eaten alive by Griner/Fowles at center
3) 5 players sharing 3 positions in the backcourt can work, but hopefully SWK & Simms are progressing in practice
4) TRP is a MAJOR glue player
5) KTO's shot is way off. Could it be related to the tape on her forearm/elbow area of her shooting arm?
6) Hill is finally making a claim as the "4th to see" in that "3 to see" class

Here's what needs to happen for this team to compete for a title: Acquire a starting center. Period. Moving EDD or Meeseman to the 3 is better than either playing center. Since EDD is willing to take over when needed and Emma is not, her presence makes the Mystics a competitor. It has been extremely sad to watch Emma disappear, since she has All*Star talent and had the highest 3 pt % on the team last year.

It looks like Mike T should have given up Emma instead of Dolson, as hard as that is to say about our future star. But Dolson is not actually the center to get the team competing with Minny or LA. I'm not sure how Mike T will solve this puzzle with beautiful pieces that don't fit together.

Final comment: this team needs a starting center. And a healthy KTO.



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Aren't they allowed to bring in someone during the time Meesseman will be missing? I know for New York, they'll be bringing someone (likely two) when prince & Vaughn are out.



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Aren't they allowed to bring in someone during the time Meesseman will be missing? I know for New York, they'll be bringing someone (likely two) when prince & Vaughn are out.


I know they're playing with the cap, which is why Kia Vaughn had to go to make room for KTO. Short suspensions count against the cap. I don't know if there are any players under rookie contract who could help this team. Not sure who is maxed besides KTO and EDD. Ivory, Tayler & TRP should have non max veteran contracts. There should be room, likely only for a rookie contract, though.



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Congratulations goes out to the New ODU Women's Basketball Head Coach Nikki McCray-Penson


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update on the Wizards' practice facility & new Mystics arena. Timetable is still set to open in Sept./Oct. 2018.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/wizards-expect-a-d-league-team-in-place-for-2018-1/



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toad455 wrote:
update on the Wizards' practice facility & new Mystics arena. Timetable is still set to open in Sept./Oct. 2018.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/wizards-expect-a-d-league-team-in-place-for-2018-1/


They kind of mention the Mystics as an afterthought. The important thing is that D-League team!



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myrtle wrote:
toad455 wrote:
update on the Wizards' practice facility & new Mystics arena. Timetable is still set to open in Sept./Oct. 2018.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/wizards-expect-a-d-league-team-in-place-for-2018-1/


They kind of mention the Mystics as an afterthought. The important thing is that D-League team!


UGH! Pretty much expresses Leonsis' concern with the Mystics. They are the JV team to the Varsity D League men's team. Bringing Arena Football to the phone booth.

4,200 seats! Says it all. Going for the "lowest attendance" record here. Will they get a banner for it?



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myrtle wrote:
toad455 wrote:
update on the Wizards' practice facility & new Mystics arena. Timetable is still set to open in Sept./Oct. 2018.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/31/wizards-expect-a-d-league-team-in-place-for-2018-1/


They kind of mention the Mystics as an afterthought. The important thing is that D-League team!


it definitely seems like the NBA is more concerned with the D-League(soon to be Gatorade League) than the WNBA. The D-league is expected to reach 30 teams by the 2018-19 season. I know it's probably cheaper to run a G-League team and attendances aren't anything close to WNBA crowds, but it's kind of sad that the NBA farm league keeps more attention sometimes than the WNBA.



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OK - the Meeseman at Center experiment is officially over. K.Thomas & Hawkins are doing just fine and the team fits together better with them at Center.

So, what to do with the wonderful Emma when she returns? Her position and game are similar (but not identical) to EDD. Differences are that Emma is a better (way more accurate) 3 pt shooter AND a better passer. EDD is one of the best scorers in the game and is starting to be more assertive on defense blocking shots.

The big question is: can either of them defend the 3 for short spurts of the game? I think it will make sense for chemistry purposes to bring Emma off the bench when she returns. Bring her in to replace either TRP or EDD, then stay in the game when the other needs a breather. I could see Emma getting 2 four minute spurts at the 3 and 12+ at the 4. With Emma's deadly 3 pt shot, she could certainly add offense over what TRP gives. But how could she defend a player like Christmas-Kelly?

And, by the way, the real KTO has shown up now and this team is blazing hot! And I didn't see K.Thomas scoring 10 pts!

Let's hear it for our red hot Mystics!



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I think it's clear the team would've been better trading Meesseman than Dolson. Dolson & Thomas at center with Hawkins backing up EDD at PF. Meesseman should come off the bench when she returns.



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I think the opposite - Mystics didn't looked like contenders at all vs CT and Atlanta. Dream almost killed them in the second half, two-three minutes more, and Atlanta would take this game.

K Thomas is OK. She will let you not to give up on boards, but that's all. Washington is still very often looks terrible on 3pt line (8th on percentage), although they have best shooters in the league. They just need better ball movement and better chemistry in attack. With such roster you shouldn't overmuscle opponents, overrun them!


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I think the opposite - Mystics didn't looked like contenders at all vs CT and Atlanta. Dream almost killed them in the second half, two-three minutes more, and Atlanta would take this game.

K Thomas is OK. She will let you not to give up on boards, but that's all. Washington is still very often looks terrible on 3pt line (8th on percentage), although they have best shooters in the league. They just need better ball movement and better chemistry in attack. With such roster you shouldn't overmuscle opponents, overrun them!


Still dont think they look like contenders neither . Sure they scored a million points against my wings , But everyone knows WE DONT defend like we should . I think the Minny game will prove if they are for real or not *Styx*



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I think the opposite - Mystics didn't looked like contenders at all vs CT and Atlanta. Dream almost killed them in the second half, two-three minutes more, and Atlanta would take this game.

K Thomas is OK. She will let you not to give up on boards, but that's all. Washington is still very often looks terrible on 3pt line (8th on percentage), although they have best shooters in the league. They just need better ball movement and better chemistry in attack. With such roster you shouldn't overmuscle opponents, overrun them!


Some people are just born "Debbie Downers." The Styx are on a FIVE game win streak after losing the best player on the team from last year. Did I ever say K.Thomas was better than "OK?" I said that I didn't expect 10 pts from her and was psyched that we got that. Maybe you got confused about who "KTO" is. that's Kristi Toliver. The player known for hitting shots while being blanketed by a defender and falling down while she shoots. That KTO has just finally showed up and that is HUGE for this team!

And while we're talking, let's look at team chemistry - the stuff that develops from players playing and practicing together. Team starts the year with 2 players playing the same position as last year and 1 player trying to play a new position. Team loses last year's best player who tried her best to play a new position but it didn't work and the team starts playing better after she leaves. Then TWO key rotation players get injured, missing practices and one game. Boom - another hit to chemistry. Finally, the players who are here are healthy and the players can learn how to play together. Clearly they need it.

BUT THEY'RE WINNING. They'll likely lose to Minny and also a few other games. But right now THEY ARE WINNING. And they haven't had time yet to learn to play together.

That is all. This Mystics fan is excited to have a team that's WINNING games.



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This Mystics fan is excited to have a team that's WINNING games.


GO MYSTICS! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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2nd best team in standings right now is good. What can Meeseman bring in a trade to improve the team is the real question.

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2nd best team in standings right now is good. What can Meeseman bring in a trade to improve the team is the real question.

PEACE & LOVE GO MYSTICS!!!!!


I wouldn't trade Meesseman. Plus, there's a good chance Meesseman only wants to play for the Mystics and Mike Thibault while playing in the WNBA.


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2nd best team in standings right now is good. What can Meeseman bring in a trade to improve the team is the real question.

PEACE & LOVE GO MYSTICS!!!!!


It is very hard to contemplate letting go of the Meese! She is SO talented and SO young still. That's why I tried to think of a way in which she could stay that would benefit her and the team. Playing her at center with EDD at the 4 is CLEARLY not working.

The team will develop chemistry while she's out of the country and they will need time to develop chemistry when she returns. Since EDD & Emma can't both play the 4 at the same time, Mike T has to put on his thinking cap here. Both Emma & EDD are 25-30 mpg players.

This has some similarity to the issues in LA with the tall lineup, except one of their 4's can play the 5. But putting starter quality Lavender coming off the bench was the key to getting the ring. Mike T has to figure out how to put these great puzzle pieces together and it will likely involve a starter quality/All Star coming off the bench.



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They played all of four games with Meesseman (and went 2-2 after she arrived late and had no preseason). Deciding the concept is an abject disaster seems ridiculously premature.



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How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


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How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


No thank you.



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They played all of four games with Meesseman (and went 2-2 after she arrived late and had no preseason). Deciding the concept is an abject disaster seems ridiculously premature.


Not sure if you watched those games. The eye test is clear (to me). It looked like Emma did not know how to play her game as a 5, with EDD at 4. Everybody seems more clear about their roles now. KThomas is playing her usual solid defense has more offense than she's ever shown anywhere and THawk generally is more effective on the offensive side of the floor.



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Randy wrote:
How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


No thank you.


While I'm not a fan of Angel, she would solve the problem of a lack of firepower/scoring at the 3. Mystics would be able to compete with the likes of Minn or LA. Would she play second fiddle to EDD?

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How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


No thank you.


While I'm not a fan of Angel, she would solve the problem of a lack of firepower/scoring at the 3. Mystics would be able to compete with the likes of Minn or LA. Would she play second fiddle to EDD?

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Sorry for double post.



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Randy wrote:
How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


No thank you.


While I'm not a fan of Angel, she would solve the problem of a lack of firepower/scoring at the 3. Mystics would be able to compete with the likes of Minn or LA. Would she play second fiddle to EDD?


I don't know about second fiddle, but Angel has had no difficulty playing with other big stars in Europe or on Team USA. The question is whether EDD would be willing to share the spotlight.



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Angel seems to do better with other star players than anyone else.


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They played all of four games with Meesseman (and went 2-2 after she arrived late and had no preseason). Deciding the concept is an abject disaster seems ridiculously premature.


Not sure if you watched those games. The eye test is clear (to me). It looked like Emma did not know how to play her game as a 5, with EDD at 4. Everybody seems more clear about their roles now. KThomas is playing her usual solid defense has more offense than she's ever shown anywhere and THawk generally is more effective on the offensive side of the floor.

Yeah, I watched them. It was a team working out how to play with lots of new pieces at the start of the season. Since Meesseman left you've managed to beat mostly terrible teams. You don't throw away a visibly superior player after four games. At the very, very least, Meesseman can be a better version of Hawkins given a little time to adjust.

ETA: Kiah Stokes was a fat, untradeable, waste of space after five games this season. New York fans have changed their minds just a little after a few more. Just for one counter-example.



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Angel seems to do better with other star players than anyone else.


Good! Ok Mike T. Make it so. Cool

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Randy wrote:
How about Angel for Emma plus DC's No. 1 next year? Angel is from Baltimore, I believe, though I think her family now lives in the Atlanta area. But still, returning "home" has always been a great excuse for W players who don't like their present summer address.


No thank you.



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Do the Mystics not have the cap space to bring in someone temp. like New York, Chicago & Connecticut have?



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Richyyy wrote:
They played all of four games with Meesseman (and went 2-2 after she arrived late and had no preseason). Deciding the concept is an abject disaster seems ridiculously premature.


Not sure if you watched those games. The eye test is clear (to me). It looked like Emma did not know how to play her game as a 5, with EDD at 4. Everybody seems more clear about their roles now. KThomas is playing her usual solid defense has more offense than she's ever shown anywhere and THawk generally is more effective on the offensive side of the floor.

Yeah, I watched them. It was a team working out how to play with lots of new pieces at the start of the season. Since Meesseman left you've managed to beat mostly terrible teams. You don't throw away a visibly superior player after four games. At the very, very least, Meesseman can be a better version of Hawkins given a little time to adjust.

ETA: Kiah Stokes was a fat, untradeable, waste of space after five games this season. New York fans have changed their minds just a little after a few more. Just for one counter-example.


I agree 100%. Give it time to work and if it doesnt work then let Emma come off the bench and have a 3 post rotation a la Sparks. KThomas doesnt have to play more then 20-23 minutes to be effective



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How much center did Meesseman play before this year? Is this new to her? During that period when Fowles was sitting out waiting for her trade to MN, EDD played a lot of C for Chicago. Elena is bigger than Emma, and Elena is a top notch shotblocker. Maybe she's the one who should be playing center. I know it means getting beat-up a bit in the post, but Parker does it for LA. Candace only weighs 175 lbs compared to EDD's listed 188. Center isn't Parker's best position either, but she does it because it's the best thing for the Sparks. I know EDD is the star, but if she cares about winning she should do whatever is best for the team. Otherwise, she really is a selfish princess like Sky fans are making her out to be.



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Here's the lineup I think can compete with Minnesota:

PG: Toliver/Cloud
SG: Hill/Latta/Walker-Kimbrough/Simms
SF: Ruffin-Pratt/Meeseman/Taylor
PF: Delle Donne/Meeseman
C: Thomas/Hawkins

We were FAR from full strength against Minny - especially in the post, without EDD & Emma. Everyone was scrambling and out of position except Krystal Thomas. Putting Meeseman on Maya could bother her shot, which hasn't been going in much anyway. One of the guards needs to cheat into the paint and force Minny's guards to beat us from outside.

Bottom line is this team is prime to gel at the end of the season. Whether Mike T puts Emma coming off the bench at the 5 or 3/4 will depend on what develops in practice between the players. But missing so much time means she must come off the bench as the starters have been set and K.Thomas is playing the best basketball of her pro career. She's always been above average as a defender and now she's added more offense. I still want a guard helping on Big Syl and Becky in the paint even when Krystal's in the game. Hawkins only plays the 5 when Sylvia's out of the game.



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PostPosted: 06/13/17 12:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

When TRP is healthy, she is terrific match-up for Maya, just look back at all those Stics games vs Lynx last two seasons. No need to put Meesseman on her.


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TRP (with some help) is your best bet against Maya and certainly not Meesseman Laughing

Although with the way Maya is playing this season you might worry the most about Fowles instead of Maya. The more shots Maya takes instead of Fowles might be better..



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The issue with Washington is that two starters cannot shoot, thus allowing a playoff defense (with time to prepare) to always have a double-team ready for EDD -- and though I think the world of EDD, she is not a good passer. (Then again, a bad shot for her probably has a better chance of going in than a good shot for TRP or Tayler Hill.)

Krystal Thomas is not really a scoring threat inside, so the Mystics really have just two scoring threats -- and that means Toliver and EDD will always be one dribble away from a double-team -- unless Meesseman is on the floor, and then who guards Fowles?



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ClayK wrote:
The issue with Washington is that two starters cannot shoot, thus allowing a playoff defense (with time to prepare) to always have a double-team ready for EDD -- and though I think the world of EDD, she is not a good passer. (Then again, a bad shot for her probably has a better chance of going in than a good shot for TRP or Tayler Hill.)

Krystal Thomas is not really a scoring threat inside, so the Mystics really have just two scoring threats -- and that means Toliver and EDD will always be one dribble away from a double-team -- unless Meesseman is on the floor, and then who guards Fowles?


Krystal now has several double figure scoring games and has shown interest in scoring on more than put backs. Hawkins has emerged as a suitable back up center. She provides more of an offensive threat that Krystal, but is nowhere near as good of a defender. Which is why I propose playing a tall lineup along with EDD and Meeseman.

Clearly TRP is the best defender of Maya. I suggest backing up with Meeseman because of 1) offense and 2) tall help with Fowles when THawk is in at center. And perhaps her height would bother Maya.



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PostPosted: 06/13/17 7:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
The issue with Washington is that two starters cannot shoot, thus allowing a playoff defense (with time to prepare) to always have a double-team ready for EDD -- and though I think the world of EDD, she is not a good passer. (Then again, a bad shot for her probably has a better chance of going in than a good shot for TRP or Tayler Hill.

I have watched EDD for a long time, your conclusion that she is not a good passer is wrong.


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The main problem with determining whether Delle Donne is a good passer is the small sample size



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The main problem with determining whether Delle Donne is a good passer is the small sample size


If you want to say she does not pass the ball around as much as a lot of players, you will not get an argument out of me.

If you are saying she would be a better player if she took less shots or she should pass the ball more, then you will get a very, very big argument from me.


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UofDel_Alum wrote:
ClayK wrote:
The issue with Washington is that two starters cannot shoot, thus allowing a playoff defense (with time to prepare) to always have a double-team ready for EDD -- and though I think the world of EDD, she is not a good passer. (Then again, a bad shot for her probably has a better chance of going in than a good shot for TRP or Tayler Hill.

I have watched EDD for a long time, your conclusion that she is not a good passer is wrong.


As a Mystics fan, I keep hoping to see signs that EDD can pass to her teammates in scoring position, but I have yet to see it. Part of the issue is that her teammates stop moving to get open - they get set for the rebound. Mike T has to attack this mindset - HARD. This is not Styx basketball under Mike T. He has to run drills in which EDD cannot shoot and must pass. The Mystics normally move around just fine so why do they stop?



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readyAIMfire53 wrote:
UofDel_Alum wrote:
ClayK wrote:
The issue with Washington is that two starters cannot shoot, thus allowing a playoff defense (with time to prepare) to always have a double-team ready for EDD -- and though I think the world of EDD, she is not a good passer. (Then again, a bad shot for her probably has a better chance of going in than a good shot for TRP or Tayler Hill.

I have watched EDD for a long time, your conclusion that she is not a good passer is wrong.


As a Mystics fan, I keep hoping to see signs that EDD can pass to her teammates in scoring position, but I have yet to see it. Part of the issue is that her teammates stop moving to get open - they get set for the rebound. Mike T has to attack this mindset - HARD. This is not Styx basketball under Mike T. He has to run drills in which EDD cannot shoot and must pass. The Mystics normally move around just fine so why do they stop?


I agree, Mike T should have an offensive scheme giving the ball to EDD attacking the net with another Mystics player attacking with her. Give EDD the option to shoot the ball attacking the basket or pass the ball to the second player which should be open. This is how she played at UofD. She was excellent passing the ball to the open player attacking the basket. The defense will collapse on her and there will always be an open player for a layup.


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PostPosted: 06/13/17 10:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It makes EDD less of a threat than she could be (which is saying something, considering how scary she is anyway). Teams know how ridiculously unlikely she is to pass, so they can slide across into the lane or double her with impunity, because she gets about one assist per night. Which is freaking ridiculous. If she wasn't so damn good anyway, we'd say she's never grown out of the college mindset where her team's only real option was her scoring.

For a player who draws so much attention, which should create open teammates all over the floor, it's crazy how ittle she creates for others.



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