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PostPosted: 10/21/16 7:48 am    ::: Los Angeles Sparks 2017 Reply Reply with quote

..... Only get better. Deeper and more versatile. #scary. #Back2Back

Next season roster
Alana Beard
Essence Carson
Ana Dabovic
Chelsea Gray
Sandrine Gruda
Jantel Lavender
Nneka Ogwumike
Candace Parker
Kristi Toliver
Marianna Tolo
Victoria Vivians
Riquna Williams


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 1:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There are some big 'ifs' involved. On paper they look pretty good, though this year's lineup has been a kinda unusual mix that somehow managed to put it together. Adding another athletic scorer and a big who can play minutes should be a positive thing if they can keep their defensive intensity.

Anyway it's a year away and several teams will be improved next year. Way too early to count your chickens.



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PostPosted: 10/21/16 2:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Toliver made a 3-point shot at the end of the game that I still shake my head at and do not know how she made the shot. LA is a very good and deep team.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 2:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Also the ability to suspend the injured Williams opened up a max salary slot. Assuming they use the pick rather than trading it for yet another veteran, that should give them a usable player on a cheap-ish salary, but otherwise things could be a little more complicated cap-wise. And I'd expect the bench to be more American next year. The reserves seemed to be enjoying themselves, but those are experienced, talented, veteran players. Spending the summer in LA getting paid might be nice for a while, but I'm not sure I'd want to come back again to sit on my ass all season long.

Plus who knows how much longer Parker will choose to show up. She's already skipped half a season just to rest.



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PostPosted: 10/21/16 2:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hey basketballologist, can you edit your topic title to read
"Los Angeles Sparks 2017"

I'm guessing an admin might have to help you with this. We need the topic anyway, and yours was the perfect start.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 2:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:

Plus who knows how much longer Parker will choose to show up. She's already skipped half a season just to rest.


I was under the impression she was done playing overseas and wouldn't need the rest. But she could probably pull down a decent contract in China.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 4:29 pm    ::: Re: Sparks will.... Reply Reply with quote

basketballologist wrote:
..... Only get better. Deeper and more versatile. #scary. #Back2Back

Next season roster
Alana Beard
Essence Carson
Ana Dabovic
Chelsea Gray
Sandrine Gruda
Jantel Lavender
Nneka Ogwumike
Candace Parker
Kristi Toliver
Marianna Tolo
Victoria Vivians
Riquna Williams


Will Alana Beard have another (healthy) season like this? Which Carson will show up or Will she do a Coleman and revert back to shooting badly from the floor?? Now with a ring will Lavender want more then bench minutes or will she stay?



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PostPosted: 10/21/16 5:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I would guess Lav will go, there were times that group played better with Parker on the bench so why would she not want to be a starter. Unless the trade parker Cool


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 6:22 pm    ::: Re: Los Angeles Sparks 2017 Reply Reply with quote

basketballologist wrote:

Kristi Toliver
Marianna Tolo
Victoria Vivians
Riquna Williams


Is this the Victoria Vivians from Miss St?

I believe she's only junior. How is this going to happen for next summer?

Is she eligible by age? Is there an indication she's leaving school early?


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 6:28 pm    ::: Re: Los Angeles Sparks 2017 Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
basketballologist wrote:

Kristi Toliver
Marianna Tolo
Victoria Vivians
Riquna Williams


Is this the Victoria Vivians from Miss St?

I believe she's only junior. How is this going to happen for next summer?

Is she eligible by age? Is there an indication she's leaving school early?


She was even eligible for the last draft


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 8:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

They should add Tolo plus their draft pick. The Sparks should be deep next season. I just wonder out of their 5 Euros, how many will want to return?

PG: Toliver/Gray
SG: Beard/Dabovic/Williams
SF: Carson/draft pick
PF: Parker/Gruda?
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Tolo



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PostPosted: 10/21/16 8:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
They should add Tolo plus their draft pick. The Sparks should be deep next season. I just wonder out of their 5 Euros, how many will want to return?

PG: Toliver/Gray
SG: Beard/Dabovic
SF: Carson/draft pick
PF: Parker/Gruda?
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Tolo


you don't think Williams is on this team?

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PostPosted: 10/21/16 8:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
toad455 wrote:
They should add Tolo plus their draft pick. The Sparks should be deep next season. I just wonder out of their 5 Euros, how many will want to return?

PG: Toliver/Gray
SG: Beard/Dabovic/Williams
SF: Carson/draft pick
PF: Parker/Gruda?
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Tolo


you don't think Williams is on this team?


Yes, Williams will be on the team next season. I wonder if Dabovic returns with Williams on the team or if she tries to go somewhere else.



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I've thought all year that Dabovic should be playing SF. Maybe they can work her in there instead.

She doesn't have a good enough handle to play PG...



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PostPosted: 10/21/16 8:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Toliver/Gray
Beard/R. Williams
Carson/Dabovic
Parker/Lavender
Ogwumike/Tolo

#3 pick, international or waiver wire player (one should be a post the other a wing/guard) LA will be right there again next season.

If you can't afford both just take a post at #3 (Coates, B. Jones) you can always play big line up a few minutes a night, it doesn't work for long stretches but with Parker and Ogwumike you can switch them to the SF on occasion (I agree the big line up isn't wise for extended minutes but it is fine five minutes a night if need be, and you can only afford 11 players.)

Or if she can prove she is healthy you can always try and trade R. Williams for another first round pick. I bet Atlanta would take a chance on her for the #7 pick, maybe even PX at #5, or Indy at #8. Its a risk but if healthy all of those teams would be better off with R. Williams then a mid first round rookie, especially if they are trying to win in 17 or 18.

Then LA would have #3 to use on a post (B. Jones, Coates, or other early declaree) and a mid to late pick to use on a guard/wing (Cofey, Epps, Plum, A. Jones, Walker-Kimbrough, Weise). Making the payroll cheaper without giving up anyone who actually played on the team in 16.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 9:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
myrtle wrote:
toad455 wrote:
They should add Tolo plus their draft pick. The Sparks should be deep next season. I just wonder out of their 5 Euros, how many will want to return?

PG: Toliver/Gray
SG: Beard/Dabovic/Williams
SF: Carson/draft pick
PF: Parker/Gruda?
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Tolo


you don't think Williams is on this team?


Yes, Williams will be on the team next season. I wonder if Dabovic returns with Williams on the team or if she tries to go somewhere else.


I could see Dabovic going to PHX to play with Serbian teammate Petrovic. But Agler or Toler probably wouldn't mind having the depth.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If LA stays focused,thay have a legit shot at winning 3 championships in the next 5 years.The sparks are balanced on both sides of the ball.They don't need Parker to carry the load for an entire season.Candace can play 24-28 minutes during the regular season then turn it up during the playoffs.The sparks also have enough assets to acquire a 3pt shooter or defensive wing if Beard/Carson gets injured.The return of Williams will give the sparks more bench depth.Most importantly,the sparks have a competent Head coach that will keep his foot on their necks.I see this sparks team winning 1-3 more championships in the near future.


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PostPosted: 10/21/16 11:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

1: Toliver / Gray
2: Beard / Williams / Dabovic
3: Carson / Vivians
4: Ogwumike / Lavender / Gruda
5: Parker / Tolo

And this line up is solid. Could everybody please shut the f*ck up cause Penny Toler is not about to make a major move. UNLESS she trade the lottery pick plus a reserve (Belyakova) for a great small forward (Shenise Johnson, Karima Christmas)


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PostPosted: 10/22/16 1:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Whoa... calm down.

I think Gray should start. Whether it's at the #1 or #2, it doesn't make much difference. Williams can be the spark off the bench.

Gray/Dabovic
Toliver/Williams
Beard/Carson
Ogwumike/Lavender
Parker/Tolo

Who would you draft at #4 under this scenario? I'd probably go combo guard/PG/SG. Then if they feel a need for 12 players, they could find a filler.


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PostPosted: 10/22/16 6:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
I've thought all year that Dabovic should be playing SF. Maybe they can work her in there instead.

She doesn't have a good enough handle to play PG...


I dont agree. She did fine last season with the Sparks at the point and overseas and on the Serbian team. But to me she looked insecure in the few minutes that she got this season and that's my whole point with her. Last season when she got consistent minutes from Agler she played with confidence and really worked well with players and certainly with Parker.
She needs consistency and she didnt have that this season.

But the advantage of her is that she can play all 3 perimeter positions but to me it looked like Agler didnt want any of that. Almost every time she and Gray were together on the floor he had Dabovic running the point. Pointing to her to bring the ball up.



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Michelle89 wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I've thought all year that Dabovic should be playing SF. Maybe they can work her in there instead.

She doesn't have a good enough handle to play PG...


I dont agree. She did fine last season with the Sparks at the point and overseas and on the Serbian team. But to me she looked insecure in the few minutes that she got this season and that's my whole point with her. Last season when she got consistent minutes from Agler she played with confidence and really worked well with players and certainly with Parker.
She needs consistency and she didnt have that this season.

But the advantage of her is that she can play all 3 perimeter positions but to me it looked like Agler didnt want any of that. Almost every time she and Gray were together on the floor he had Dabovic running the point. Pointing to her to bring the ball up.


And teams learned that if you double team her, she coughs up the ball...I agree if they don't double her on the way up the court, she does ok in setting up and running the team. But that's a big if. The scouting reports get a whiff of blood and they go for it.



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myrtle wrote:
Michelle89 wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I've thought all year that Dabovic should be playing SF. Maybe they can work her in there instead.

She doesn't have a good enough handle to play PG...


I dont agree. She did fine last season with the Sparks at the point and overseas and on the Serbian team. But to me she looked insecure in the few minutes that she got this season and that's my whole point with her. Last season when she got consistent minutes from Agler she played with confidence and really worked well with players and certainly with Parker.
She needs consistency and she didnt have that this season.

But the advantage of her is that she can play all 3 perimeter positions but to me it looked like Agler didnt want any of that. Almost every time she and Gray were together on the floor he had Dabovic running the point. Pointing to her to bring the ball up.


And teams learned that if you double team her, she coughs up the ball...I agree if they don't double her on the way up the court, she does ok in setting up and running the team. But that's a big if. The scouting reports get a whiff of blood and they go for it.


What's the scouting report on Cruz?

Cruz is too small and weak for my liking, and WAY over rated on defense. I'd take Xargay or Dabovic over Cruz in a heartbeat. Let's make some deals! Smile


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PostPosted: 10/22/16 2:58 pm    ::: Re: Los Angeles Sparks 2017 Reply Reply with quote

Alana Beard- keeper- fountain of youth
Essence Carson- keeper for her defense
Ana Dabovic- cannot shoot, nor dribble under pressure...
Chelsea Gray- keeper
Sandrine Gruda- nope, bye
Jantel Lavender- keeper, or trade to my Wings for Glojo + SG or OS
Nneka Ogwumike- keeper
Candace Parker-keeper, but needs an adequate backup, legs are getting heavy
Kristi Toliver- keeper
Marianna Tolo- can go
Victoria Vivians- who?
Riquna Williams- if healthy, instant offense, let's see


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PostPosted: 10/22/16 3:55 pm    ::: Re: Los Angeles Sparks 2017 Reply Reply with quote

ChicagoAnnie wrote:

Ana Dabovic- cannot shoot, nor dribble under pressure...
Marianna Tolo- can go


Send them both to Minny, and I'll temporarily suspend my pursuit of Banham.


ChicagoAnnie wrote:
Jantel Lavender- keeper, or trade to my Wings for Glojo + SG or OS


YES, please! Johnson and Parker have such great chemistry! #poisonpill

ChicagoAnnie wrote:
Victoria Vivians- who?


Junior for Mississippi St who is eligible for the draft.


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PostPosted: 10/22/16 4:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Michelle89 wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I've thought all year that Dabovic should be playing SF. Maybe they can work her in there instead.

She doesn't have a good enough handle to play PG...


I dont agree. She did fine last season with the Sparks at the point and overseas and on the Serbian team. But to me she looked insecure in the few minutes that she got this season and that's my whole point with her. Last season when she got consistent minutes from Agler she played with confidence and really worked well with players and certainly with Parker.
She needs consistency and she didnt have that this season.

But the advantage of her is that she can play all 3 perimeter positions but to me it looked like Agler didnt want any of that. Almost every time she and Gray were together on the floor he had Dabovic running the point. Pointing to her to bring the ball up.


And teams learned that if you double team her, she coughs up the ball...I agree if they don't double her on the way up the court, she does ok in setting up and running the team. But that's a big if. The scouting reports get a whiff of blood and they go for it.


Why can teams double her and leave others that open? Because Toliver is often on the bench when she is in (this was not often the case last season) and they dont have to worry about Beard/Carson and Gray shooting from the perimeter.

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Ana Dabovic- cannot shoot, nor dribble under pressure...

She is probably one of the Sparks best shooters (after Toliver) She is the reason that Serbia won a bronze medal at the olympics and why they won the European championship Laughing She scored 24 pts against USA a couple years ago. Yes she is worthless Rolling Eyes

I would have her with the Storm anyday of the week..



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I can't believe anyone can watch Dabovic play and think she's even a mediocre ball handler. She's a decent shooter. Handles are ugly though. Really ugly.



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the sparks will not repeat in 2017 even if they keep all of their 2016 top talents. you saw how complacent they were after the olympic break.



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the sparks will not repeat in 2017 even if they keep all of their 2016 top talents. you saw how complacent they were after the olympic break.


They were not complacent. They overtrained during the break and were tired. The team addressed this in the break before the playoffs when Brian asked what they wanted to do, and they insisted on less training. That's when they pointed out they practiced too much during the Olympic break and came out of it leg-weary.



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Would love to see Cambage in L.A. somehow. What would it take for the Sparks and the Wings to make a blockbuster trade for this to happen


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Would love to see Cambage in L.A. somehow. What would it take for the Sparks and the Wings to make a blockbuster trade for this to happen


You think she'd be content as a backup, or would the Sparks return to the big lineup?



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Content? I'm guessing she'd love to be a backup. If it's with LA she might even show up, too.
Make it happen, Sparks! Smile



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Content? I'm guessing she'd love to be a backup. If it's with LA she might even show up, too.
Make it happen, Sparks! Smile


She always wanted to play for the Sparks, right?



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jap wrote:
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the sparks will not repeat in 2017 even if they keep all of their 2016 top talents. you saw how complacent they were after the olympic break.


They were not complacent. They overtrained during the break and were tired. The team addressed this in the break before the playoffs when Brian asked what they wanted to do, and they insisted on less training. That's when they pointed out they practiced too much during the Olympic break and came out of it leg-weary.


Thanks for sharing. Very Happy

I was surprised how they started after the break.



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I'm still waiting to see how many sparks fans admit that moving away from the "Big Lineup" played a role in LA winning the championship.So many sparks fans were in denial about the lack of floor balance.


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myt wrote:
jap wrote:
scrappy wrote:
the sparks will not repeat in 2017 even if they keep all of their 2016 top talents. you saw how complacent they were after the olympic break.


They were not complacent. They overtrained during the break and were tired. The team addressed this in the break before the playoffs when Brian asked what they wanted to do, and they insisted on less training. That's when they pointed out they practiced too much during the Olympic break and came out of it leg-weary.


Thanks for sharing. Very Happy

I was surprised how they started after the break.


I seem to remember Agler being asked about the poor start after the Olympic break, and his response was that he thought the team had gotten too full of themselves and gotten soft. How do you get soft by over training.... unless he was talking mentally soft.



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I'd love for us to draft Kaela Davis or some sort of big wing who can shoot on the dribble. Or look for this in free agency.


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I'd love for us to draft Kaela Davis or some sort of big wing who can shoot on the dribble. Or look for this in free agency.


Isn't that what you have in Dabovic?



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I think Cambage would be content as a backup as long as she's in a big market and they. are winning. From my understanding, she didn't wanna play in Tulsa

Gruda and Carson for Cambage?


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Will Carson even be under contract next year? She was signed only because Riquna Williams got hurt. I think a trade for Cambage would also involve Lavender for starters. And it would have to be more than just Lavender in my opinion.



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Will Carson even be under contract next year? She was signed only because Riquna Williams got hurt. I think a trade for Cambage would also involve Lavender for starters. And it would have to be more than just Lavender in my opinion.



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Why would Dallas trade Cambage for Gruda and Carson ? Laughing :

Why would LA trade Lavender after they just won the Championship Shocked

LA finally found the right lineup combination,and now rebkell wants to break them up.


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I want Cambage for crying out loud


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I think its easy to decide who to get rid of with this team. Lavender just won a championship with the team she's been with for five years, in addition to winning 6th woman of the year. I have feeling she stays. I'd keep the starting lineup the same but play Gray and Lavender heavy minutes, especially through the regular season and in blowouts. Dabovic was disappointing this year but last year she was great. I'd give her another go considering she can backup 3 positions as needed. I'd draft a small forward. There are plenty with potential next year that can take a year or two to grow. Bring back Hamson or sign another big or two, if all else fails bring back Gruda. Parker, Lavender, and Ogwumike are going to rotate at the 4 and 5 most of the time anyways. Edit: I forgot about Tolo, that changes a lot of things. It pushes Lavender to playing the 4 more often. Tolo is a good post to throw against Griner and Fowles.
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PG: Toliver/ Gray
SG: Beard/ Williams/Dabovic
SF: Carson/ #4
PF:Parker/Lavender/Gruda or FA
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The Sparks are a running team, a fast-break squad. Hollywood Liz has to do some serious toning up to run with this pack of she wolves. For a great example, one only needs to look at the transformation in Jantel's figure from her earliest years to the last few.

I hope Chelsea gets together with fellow Dukey, Alana, to be all she can be physically too.



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PostPosted: 10/23/16 9:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Cambage. Add another erratic star with whom you never know whether she'll show up or feel like putting in any effort tonight or not?

They don't have enough of that already?

And to compound that, give away the reliable Lavender as part of the deal? It just keeps getting better. Rolling Eyes

Maybe they could work in getting Powers as part of the deal. That would really make it perfect. Razz


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PostPosted: 10/24/16 12:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
Cambage. Add another erratic star with whom you never know whether she'll show up or feel like putting in any effort tonight or not?

They don't have enough of that already?

And to compound that, give away the reliable Lavender as part of the deal? It just keeps getting better. Rolling Eyes

Maybe they could work in getting Powers as part of the deal. That would really make it perfect. Razz


might as well draft Deshields too.

But then they better get rid of Nneka - she's much too reliable.



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PostPosted: 10/24/16 2:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I think its easy to decide who to get rid of with this team. Lavender just won a championship with the team she's been with for five years, in addition to winning 6th woman of the year. I have feeling she stays. I'd keep the starting lineup the same but play Gray and Lavender heavy minutes, especially through the regular season and in blowouts. Dabovic was disappointing this year but last year she was great. I'd give her another go considering she can backup 3 positions as needed. I'd draft a small forward. There are plenty with potential next year that can take a year or two to grow. Bring back Hamson or sign another big or two, if all else fails bring back Gruda. Parker, Lavender, and Ogwumike are going to rotate at the 4 and 5 most of the time anyways. I think Hamson can handle 8-10 minutes a night.
2017
PG: Toliver/ Gray
SG: Beard/ Williams/Dabovic
SF: Carson/ #4
PF:Parker/FA or Gruda
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Hamson


You lost me when you forgot about Tolo. Carson starting I don't get unless they're too scared to upset last season's formula.



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PostPosted: 10/24/16 8:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
UK1996 wrote:
I think its easy to decide who to get rid of with this team. Lavender just won a championship with the team she's been with for five years, in addition to winning 6th woman of the year. I have feeling she stays. I'd keep the starting lineup the same but play Gray and Lavender heavy minutes, especially through the regular season and in blowouts. Dabovic was disappointing this year but last year she was great. I'd give her another go considering she can backup 3 positions as needed. I'd draft a small forward. There are plenty with potential next year that can take a year or two to grow. Bring back Hamson or sign another big or two, if all else fails bring back Gruda. Parker, Lavender, and Ogwumike are going to rotate at the 4 and 5 most of the time anyways. I think Hamson can handle 8-10 minutes a night.
2017
PG: Toliver/ Gray
SG: Beard/ Williams/Dabovic
SF: Carson/ #4
PF:Parker/FA or Gruda
C: Ogwumike/Lavender/Hamson


You lost me when you forgot about Tolo. Carson starting I don't get unless they're too scared to upset last season's formula.


As a 4th or 5th option on offense you average 8 points, shoot 45% from the field, and 36% from the 3-point line, while on defense you are a premier league defender capable of guarding 1-4, I think you've earned your starting spot.

Bringing in Carson is what allowed LA to get away from the bad big lineup this year. She's not an All-Star but let's not pretend that she wasn't a key to the success of LA this year.


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PostPosted: 10/24/16 8:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Toliver and Beard are both free agents per the LA celebration today. The crowd was chanting for both of them to come back. I would think they would both want to come back but what does everyone else think?


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PostPosted: 10/24/16 8:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I would love to see Carson back. Indeed she was critical to LA's success this year and it would be awesome to see her full game back and make anyone who leaves her open PAY!!!

Soooo, apparently both Kristi and Beard are free agents this year. They announced it during the celebration today. I was like, "Noooooooo!!!" The crowd chanted for their return while Brian put both of them on the spot to ask them back. I don't see KT leaving but I do wonder about Beard because of her tenure in the league (13 years). I really don't want her retire because I think we all recognize that she was important both on and off the court, but after finally getting a ring, I could definitely understand. I get that it was a grind for her to get healthy again (when the docs said she wouldn't) and I'm suspect she is considering whether the process is something she feels she wants to continue. As Brian said, I hope she will make it 14 years. We shall see. Also, I didn't know this but CP essentially recruited KT. KT was playing for Chicago but didn't get in the game against LA so when the players were going through and high fiving at the end, CP said that LA would love to have her and the seed was planted! Who knew?!! Laughing


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