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PostPosted: 07/15/17 3:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

They look tight and not confident in games of late. Might just not be translating to games. Even the very good FT shooters are missing FTs. I don't know what they're doing in practice but your muscle memory can be altered if you're rattled. As a person who can shoot, that much I do know.



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I also have to wonder if Wright will be back next season? Just to have that veteran guard on the team. Wright also has the fire & energy in her that Prince always seems to lack. Schimmel's an afterthought for me, especially if we draft a SF with our pick. Though I guess Schimmel could take Allen's spot(Rebecca or Lindsay). We still need an upgrade in the post and I think out of anyone, Stokes has the most trade value.

PG: Boyd/L. Allen or Schimmel
SG: Rodgers/Prince/Wright
SF: Zellous/draft pick
PF: Charles/Raincock/Zahui B
C: Vaughn/Stokes



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Obviously, it depends on where the team picks, but to me the handwriting is on the wall -- post players are getting taller, especially centers. We're talking about athletic bigs, not stiffs. Currently, the league has Griner 6-8, Fowles 6-6, and Jones 6-6. Boyette at 6-7 isn't doing much yet, but the talent is there and you get the feeling one of these days the light bulb will go on. Wilson is coming in next year as a 6-5 PF. If Stevens enters the draft, you're talking about a 6-6 PF/C. Russell is 6-6. If McCowan enters the draft, she is 6-7. Down the road, you have Kalani Brown at 6-7. Should the opportunity present itself, this might be a train the Liberty want to get on sooner rather than later. Otherwise, we're going to see a lot of opposing post players simply shoot over our centers or out-jump them for rebounds.



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I love for McCowan to enter the draft early. I doubt we could trade much to get a lottery pick, but there's the possibility when end up with the #5 pick. That pick and Stokes to Indiana?



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PostPosted: 07/15/17 6:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

root_thing wrote:
Obviously, it depends on where the team picks, but to me the handwriting is on the wall -- post players are getting taller, especially centers. We're talking about athletic bigs, not stiffs. Currently, the league has Griner 6-8, Fowles 6-6, and Jones 6-6. Boyette at 6-7 isn't doing much yet, but the talent is there and you get the feeling one of these days the light bulb will go on. Wilson is coming in next year as a 6-5 PF. If Stevens enters the draft, you're talking about a 6-6 PF/C. Russell is 6-6. If McCowan enters the draft, she is 6-7. Down the road, you have Kalani Brown at 6-7. Should the opportunity present itself, this might be a train the Liberty want to get on sooner rather than later. Otherwise, we're going to see a lot of opposing post players simply shoot over our centers or out-jump them for rebounds.


I agree. The team has a major need for length to match these players. Even Candace Parker has excellent length at 6'4". I'm pleased there are so many post players likely in this draft. I think it's a given that the Liberty need one. I think a part of their problems on offense stem from having to work so hard on defense to make up for size deficiencies. That wears you down. To me that's definitely the number one need bar none.



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toad455 wrote:
I love for McCowan to enter the draft early. I doubt we could trade much to get a lottery pick, but there's the possibility when end up with the #5 pick. That pick and Stokes to Indiana?


If Boyette is any indication, I wouldn't consider McCowan a guaranteed lottery pick. Keeping in mind that Boyette as a junior was the same age as McCowan as a sophomore, their numbers are very similar -- with Boyette having a slight edge. Imani improved somewhat the next year, but not enough to even crack the middle third of Round 1. Obviously, McCowan could really take off this coming season, but there's no guarantee. She looked great against an exhausted, undersized Osahor but that wasn't the case in the first half of the game. She also looked OK against 5-11 Gabby Williams, but even though Gabby is super-athletic, that's a match-up Teaira should dominate. Notably, going head-to-head against someone her own height, McCowan was clearly outplayed by Kalani Brown. So, while Teaira has great potential, she's still pretty raw. And the fact that Boyette went #10 in a less heralded draft (albeit one that looks pretty good in hindsight) makes me think McCowan isn't a lottery pick unless she shows significant improvement.



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