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PostPosted: 04/13/17 10:34 pm    ::: 2018 WNBA Mock Draft Reply Reply with quote

And so it begins....
https://www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2018/




They're off to a clumsy start. I'm sure they'll clean it up pretty quickly. Smile
But it's nice to have it up early.


Underclassmen born in 1996 are eligible for early draft declaration
Prominent eligibles
Napheesa Collier (Claimed not to be interested in declaring early on 10/18/17)
Sophie Cunningham
Teaira McCowan
Azura Stevens



First Round
#1 LVS
#2 IND
#3 CHI (from ATL)
#4 CHI
#5 SEA
#6 DAL
#7 WAS
#8 PHX
#9 CON
#10 NYL
#11 LAS
#12 MIN

Second Round
#13 LVS
#14 IND
#15 CON (from ATL in Hooper trade)
#16 ATL (from CHI in 2018 1st rd pick + Hooper trade)
#17 SEA
#18 DAL
#19 WAS
#20 PHX
#21 CON
#22 NYL
#23 LAS
#24 MIN

Third Round
#25 LVS
#26 IND
#27 ATL
#28 CHI
#29 SEA
#30 DAL
#31 WAS
#32 LVS (from PHX in Currie trade)
#33 CON
#34 NYL
#35 LAS
#36 MIN



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Stevens second round Laughing
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Kalani Brown is not eligible next yr she doesnt turn 22 til 2019. McCowan however will be eligible next yr



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PostPosted: 04/13/17 10:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Funniest thing is A'ja Wilson not at #1. Russell higher than Gabby Williams is good for a chuckle.



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PostPosted: 04/13/17 10:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wilson at 10 Laughing

What is this mess Laughing


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PostPosted: 04/13/17 11:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

just for fun

1. SA Wilson
2. Atl Deshields
3. Indy Turner
4. Conn G. Williams
5. PX Mitchell
6. Dallas Russell
7. Chi Vivians
8. Sea Canada
9. Was L. Brown
10. NY Billings
11. Minn Nurse
12. LA Atkins


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PostPosted: 04/13/17 11:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Good to see this thread started early.

Anyone want to make predictions on international picks?

I will go with 10-12 for Vadeeva and 21-24 for Park maybe higher if she plays well over the summer and stays at the same level all season in Korea. I could see this being a pretty big crop of international picks late, maybe 6 or more in total.
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This is the worst W mock Draftsite has ever put up. Where's Gentry? His are usually better and pretty reliable. Aj'a Wilson anywhere lower than #1 for any team not named Atlanta, Chicago, LA, Minnesota, Washington, Dallas, New York, Seattle, Connecticut, San Antonio, Phoenix, Indiana might make sense. But I can't see her falling past any of those teams.

I'm with Shades. Wait for them to clean this up.



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PostPosted: 04/14/17 12:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Kalani Brown is not eligible next yr she does turn 22 til 2019. McCowan however will be eligible next yr


Collier and Katie Lou are both Sophomores too.

Kaylee Jensen is kind of next year's version of Chantel Osahor.



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PostPosted: 04/14/17 1:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Kalani Brown is not eligible next yr she does turn 22 til 2019. McCowan however will be eligible next yr


Collier and Katie Lou are both Sophomores too.



They'll be old juniors next year, but I doubt Geno let's them go. He has a way about him.



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PostPosted: 04/14/17 2:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Napheesa Collier And Beatrice Mompremier should both be draft eligible in 2018
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PostPosted: 04/16/17 1:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Looking better already.
https://www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2018/




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PostPosted: 04/16/17 8:03 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's hard to do a mock for 2018 without some kind of order. But here's how I'm seeing the 2017 season finishing and the likelihood that either Dallas or San Antonio gets the #1 pick. Wilson on either team would be a huge upgrade.

#1. Dallas - A. Wilson
#2. San Antonio - G. Williams
#3. Atlanta - B. Turner
#4. Chicago - K. Mitchell
#5. Connecticut - D. DeShields
#6. Phoenix - N. Collier
#7. Indiana - M. Russell
#8. Seattle - A. Stevens
#9. Washington - T. McCowan
#10. New York - K. Samuelson
#11. Minnesota - K. Jensen
#12 .Los Angeles - M. Billings



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PostPosted: 04/16/17 8:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'd like to have one of those nice forwards in the first round, but not sure about Jensen. Not up on Ok St. At this point, I'd take Billings over her.


One-third of your first round are early declarations. Realistic?

Turner might be a redshirt. If so, she'd be out of this draft.



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PostPosted: 04/21/17 1:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I double checked these birthdates.

Kalani Brown and Katie Lou Samuelson are both born in 1997. They should NOT be draft eligible.

Collier is draft eligible, but I'm guessing not too likely to leave early.



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PostPosted: 04/21/17 2:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
I double checked these birthdates.

Kalani Brown and Katie Lou Samuelson are both born in 1997. They should NOT be draft eligible.

Collier is draft eligible, but I'm guessing not too likely to leave early.


yeah i been saying idk why Kalani was on this list ...shes even stated she was ready for 2019 on social media a while back . Seems no one is paying attention to big T Teairra McCowan though she would be available as an early entry. She seems like the most intriguing project of anybody going early next year to me .



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Marina Mabrey born in 1996 a junior next season would be eligible.



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PostPosted: 04/21/17 4:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm extremely excited for this draft class. It will be interesting to see who wins ROY and who makes the all rookie team. I'm really intrigued to see where Kia Nurse goes. I think she may be appealing because she seems to accept any role she is given. Gabby Williams is the same way.
1. Aja Wilson
2. Diamond Deshields
3. Gabby Williams
4. Kelsey Mitchell
5. Brianna Turner
6. Kia Nurse
7. Monique Billings
8. Jordan Canada
9. Mercedes Russell
10. Tyler Scaife
11. Lexie Brown
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If the Storm get a low pick then i would be pretty ok with them drafting Vadeeva. Big talent with a high ceiling



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Michelle89 wrote:
If the Storm get a low pick then i would be pretty ok with them drafting Vadeeva. Big talent with a high ceiling


It depends on how much interest she shows in coming over. If she's excited, maybe first round (but I'm basing it on hype). If she's wishy-washy, I can't see passing on a great college player who will show up.



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Without High jacking the Dallas wings thread, some people are down on Evelyn Akhator saying she's closer to 6'1 vs her listed height of 6'3 and that she should have been taken number 10 instead of number 3, so I was wondering if anyone thinks 5'11 Gabby Williams will be successful at the next level, why she would be a lottery pick? Maybe because she went to Uconn? I like Williams and think she could be a Kawhi leonard type player in the WNBA, But right now it seems like she won't have a position in the pros.
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Isn't Williams basically just a 3 in the pros? Maybe a little undersized if that 5'11" is accurate, but not scarily so. It'd be good for her future if she could work on her outside shot, but essentially she's a wing at the next level.



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Isn't Williams basically just a 3 in the pros? Maybe a little undersized if that 5'11" is accurate, but not scarily so. It'd be good for her future if she could work on her outside shot, but essentially she's a wing at the next level.


agree. And she has a whole different skill set than Akhator.



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Gabby Williams came into UConn as a guard, but Geno converted her to post so he could get his best players playing the most minutes.

Here's Gabby's Prospects Nation page
https://prospectsnation.com/story/gabby-williams-connecticut

Quote:
“UConn said we don’t need her but we’d love to have her.”


Turns out they really needed her. Smile



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Will be interesting to see her play at the next level, but right now she seems more like a undersized 4, she can guard wings but not sure you would want her guarding some of the bigger 4's she'll face in the wnba.
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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
Will be interesting to see her play at the next level, but right now she seems more like a undersized 4, she can guard wings but not sure you would want her guarding some of the bigger 4's she'll face in the wnba.


She's not a post player in the WNBA. That's a pretty easy prediction.



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I believe Gabby is closer to 6'0 than 5'11....but to me,Gabby's height is irrelevant.She already has a better physique,more speed,and better jumping ability than just about every wing in the league.Gabby just needs to develop her indivudual skills.


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I believe Gabby is closer to 6'0 than 5'11....but to me,Gabby's height is irrelevant.She already has a better physique,more speed,and better jumping ability than just about every wing in the league.Gabby just needs to develop her indivudual skills.


This....all of what ahkator lacks. Shes simply not an elite athlete vs a player like Gabby



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Looking at the draftsite mock, it looks more like wishful thinking that all those kids would come out. Poor Geno would pull out his hair if all his Jrs abandon ship. And I will be surprised if K. Jensen is a first round pick. She gets gaudy numbers in college but if you watch her play, I just don't see it translate. (and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but she's not 6'4") Also I finally see one actually listed shorter than she actually is - Mercedes Russel at 6'0" Laughing



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Richyyy wrote:
Isn't Williams basically just a 3 in the pros? Maybe a little undersized if that 5'11" is accurate, but not scarily so. It'd be good for her future if she could work on her outside shot, but essentially she's a wing at the next level.


What is the success rate for post players transitioning from power forwards to small forward once they get in to the WNBA? Other then say Maya Moore, I can't really think of one. Right now what makes Williams so dynamic is her leaping, rebounding, and Passing abilities, and her motor. In all the Uconn games I've seen Williams is normally playing the 4 or 5
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zune69 wrote:
I believe Gabby is closer to 6'0 than 5'11....but to me,Gabby's height is irrelevant.She already has a better physique,more speed,and better jumping ability than just about every wing in the league.Gabby just needs to develop her indivudual skills.


This....all of what ahkator lacks. Shes simply not an elite athlete vs a player like Gabby


Bad comparison.Ahkator is a pf,Gabby is a wing.You would expect a wing player to be more athletic than a pf.Ahkator has more athletic ability than at least half of the wnba starting PF's

#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:

What is the success rate for post players transitioning from power forwards to small forward once they get in to the WNBA? Other then say Maya Moore, I can't really think of one. Right now what makes Williams so dynamic is her leaping, rebounding, and Passing abilities, and her motor. In all the Uconn games I've seen Williams is normally playing the 4 or 5


Gabby's not your typical post up,back to the basket player.So her transition from 4/5 at uconn to the 3 in the pro's won't be as uncomfortable as it would be for a traditional post player.Gabby has all of the physical/athletic tools you'd want a wing player to have,plus she's a great defender.You could make the case that Gabby is already a better defender than every starting SF in the league with maybe the exception of Maya


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WNBA 09 wrote:
zune69 wrote:
I believe Gabby is closer to 6'0 than 5'11....but to me,Gabby's height is irrelevant.She already has a better physique,more speed,and better jumping ability than just about every wing in the league.Gabby just needs to develop her indivudual skills.


This....all of what ahkator lacks. Shes simply not an elite athlete vs a player like Gabby


Bad comparison.Ahkator is a pf,Gabby is a wing.You would expect a wing player to be more athletic than a pf.Ahkator has more athletic ability than at least half of the wnba starting PF's

#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:

What is the success rate for post players transitioning from power forwards to small forward once they get in to the WNBA? Other then say Maya Moore, I can't really think of one. Right now what makes Williams so dynamic is her leaping, rebounding, and Passing abilities, and her motor. In all the Uconn games I've seen Williams is normally playing the 4 or 5


Gabby's not your typical post up,back to the basket player.So her transition from 4/5 at uconn to the 3 in the pro's won't be as uncomfortable as it would be for a traditional post player.Gabby has all of the physical/athletic tools you'd want a wing player to have,plus she's a great defender.[b]You could make the case that Gabby is already a better defender than every starting SF in the league with maybe the exception of Maya[/b]



I think Lori Ann , Alysha Clark , Alyssa Thomas , DeWanna Bonner , Tamera Young would disagree



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I think Lori Ann , Alysha Clark , Alyssa Thomas , DeWanna Bonner , Tamera Young would disagree


And they'd all be wrong.


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WNBA 09 wrote:

I think Lori Ann , Alysha Clark , Alyssa Thomas , DeWanna Bonner , Tamera Young would disagree


And they'd all be wrong.


You really think Gabby is already a better defender then all those players i just listed ? She may have an argument but no way. Lets wait til shes defending WNBA players before we make that judgement. Shes not a better defender than Angel but shes a damn good defender in college i will agree on that for gabby .



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WNBA 09 wrote:
zune69 wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:

I think Lori Ann , Alysha Clark , Alyssa Thomas , DeWanna Bonner , Tamera Young would disagree


And they'd all be wrong.


You really think Gabby is already a better defender then all those players i just listed ? She may have an argument but no way. Lets wait til shes defending WNBA players before we make that judgement. Shes not a better defender than Angel but shes a damn good defender in college i will agree on that for gabby .



Angel is a gambler on defense.She'll get 2-4 steals per game,but also give up just as many baskets

A.Clark is undersized,and has trouble guarding the elite wings(Bonner,Moore,MCcoughtry)

Thomas isn't known for being an elite defender.She not fast/quick enough to consistently guard wings.

Bonner is the best wing defender when she wants to be.But has a tendency to become preoccupied with offense/shooting the basketball.Bonner's defense took a step back last season.And with her being pregnant,she might not return to form until the 2019 season.

Young's one of the better defenders in the league,but is very cocky and arrogant to the point where she'll have defensive lapses

I believe Gabby is a better defender than all five players.She rarely if ever has defensive lapses,nor gambles to the point where she gives up cheap baskets.Bonner/Angel are no question better overall players.But Gabby is the better,more disciplined defender imo




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I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range. She has amazing athleticism and amazing instincts, but yeah, we will have to see how her defense translates since most of the defense we've seen from her so far is within 15 feet of the basket. And I enjoyed Zune's description of the wings defensively - fairly accurate I think though perhaps a bit harsh in some cases. Just goes to show that improvement is always possible.



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I believe Gabby is a better defender than all five players.She rarely if ever has defensive lapses,nor gambles to the point where she gives up cheap baskets.Bonner/Angel are no question better overall players.But Gabby is the better,more disciplined defender imo


McCowan Burned gabby at least 2 to 3 seperate times when they played in the F4 when gabby would go for her famous bait and sit behind the post and steal it on a wrap around when the entry comes in . Do i blame her ? NO because she probably knew she could not defend mccowan playing behind but to say she doesnt gamble is quite a stretch .



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I believe Gabby is a better defender than all five players.She rarely if ever has defensive lapses,nor gambles to the point where she gives up cheap baskets.Bonner/Angel are no question better overall players.But Gabby is the better,more disciplined defender imo


McCowan Burned gabby at least 2 to 3 seperate times when they played in the F4 when gabby would go for her famous bait and sit behind the post and steal it on a wrap around when the entry comes in . Do i blame her ? NO because she probably knew she could not defend mccowan playing behind but to say she doesnt gamble is quite a stretch .


um, yeah, it's only smart to gamble when a player is 8" taller than you. I wouldn't call that a good example.



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I believe Gabby is a better defender than all five players.She rarely if ever has defensive lapses,nor gambles to the point where she gives up cheap baskets.Bonner/Angel are no question better overall players.But Gabby is the better,more disciplined defender imo


McCowan Burned gabby at least 2 to 3 seperate times when they played in the F4 when gabby would go for her famous bait and sit behind the post and steal it on a wrap around when the entry comes in . Do i blame her ? NO because she probably knew she could not defend mccowan playing behind but to say she doesnt gamble is quite a stretch .


We are comparing defense against wing players,not 6'7 post players.And notice,I said rarely.So it may happen against a bigger post player(McCowen).




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I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range. She has amazing athleticism and amazing instincts, but yeah, we will have to see how her defense translates since most of the defense we've seen from her so far is within 15 feet of the basket. And I enjoyed Zune's description of the wings defensively - fairly accurate I think though perhaps a bit harsh in some cases. Just goes to show that improvement is always possible.


I've said it before, but it's a common occurrence in all sports that outstanding players at one level often struggle or simply have no position to play at the next because of size or speed. Happens from HS to college, happens from college to pros, happens in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, everything.

I think both Williams and Collier may face that reality. They may make it, but in both cases their skill sets and size don't mesh. They can play at a position for which they are undersized in college, but the size problem will be exacerbated at the next level where the players are bigger and where they don't have a huge talent advantage.

Both are outstanding college players. Both have limitations beyond their own control that affect their pro prospects. Can they add additional skills in the next year to play a different position in the pros, or do they have to play the same position while undersized?


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@ myrtle....you're right.I was too harsh on Clark.Using the word abused was too much.I edited my post.


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@ myrtle....you're right.I was too harsh on Clark.Using the word abused was too much.I edited my post.


That was actually one of the points that made me bite my tongue Laughing That playoff game was just ______________



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@ myrtle....you're right.I was too harsh on Clark.Using the word abused was too much.I edited my post.


That was actually one of the points that made me bite my tongue Laughing That playoff game was just ______________



Angel averaged 24 ppg against the Storm in the regular season. It wasn't limited to just a single game.


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@ myrtle....you're right.I was too harsh on Clark.Using the word abused was too much.I edited my post.


That was actually one of the points that made me bite my tongue Laughing That playoff game was just ______________



Angel averaged 24 ppg against the Storm in the regular season. It wasn't limited to just a single game.


The playoff game is the one that hurt the most in which she did the most damage.



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I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range.


This is my biggest concern with her, as well. In 3 years at UConn, she is 1-7 from 3 (1-6 this past season). Interested to see how that develops this upcoming season.


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I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range.


This is my biggest concern with her, as well. In 3 years at UConn, she is 1-7 from 3 (1-6 this past season). Interested to see how that develops this upcoming season.


Gabby has below average shooting touch from all distances other than post-move layups, which she can finish at an above average rate due to her ambidextrous athleticism. For example, she shot a mediocre 72% on FT's this past season, which, however, was a big improvment from the 46% in her freshman season.

Unless the 5-11 Gabby can get a very high percentage of paint layups in the pros as she has been able to do in college, I don't see her college performance so far as presaging a high scorer in the W.

I'm not sure Gabby's an elite defender. She certainly has above average reflexes and speed, but most of the "great defense" that people recall I suspect are retinal memories of her breakaways after gambling steals.

I'm surprised to hear Maya referred to as an elite defender, but I don't see the Lynx much so I'll defer to others.

What Gabby will know is team defense. In my opinion, Geno Auriemma teaches better team defense than any other coach I've seen in college or pro. However, do W teams even play team defense? Again, I'll defer, though I do remember what's-his-name's "white line".
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I'm surprised to hear Maya referred to as an elite defender, but I don't see the Lynx much so I'll defer to others.


I never called Maya an elite defender.....Truth is,there are no great SF defenders.Moore,Bonner,Young and McCoughtry are all very good at best.




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lynxmania wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range.


This is my biggest concern with her, as well. In 3 years at UConn, she is 1-7 from 3 (1-6 this past season). Interested to see how that develops this upcoming season.


Gabby has below average shooting touch from all distances other than post-move layups, which she can finish at an above average rate due to her ambidextrous athleticism. For example, she shot a mediocre 72% on FT's this past season, which, however, was a big improvment from the 46% in her freshman season.

Unless the 5-11 Gabby can get a very high percentage of paint layups in the pros as she has been able to do in college, I don't see her college performance so far as presaging a high scorer in the W.

I'm not sure Gabby's an elite defender. She certainly has above average reflexes and speed, but most of the "great defense" that people recall I suspect are retinal memories of her breakaways after gambling steals.

I'm surprised to hear Maya referred to as an elite defender, but I don't see the Lynx much so I'll defer to others.

What Gabby will know is team defense. In my opinion, Geno Auriemma teaches better team defense than any other coach I've seen in college or pro. However, do W teams even play team defense? Again, I'll defer, though I do remember what's-his-name's "white line".

Even given all that, even if she can't improve her shot, isn't she basically Alyssa Thomas?



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lynxmania wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range.


This is my biggest concern with her, as well. In 3 years at UConn, she is 1-7 from 3 (1-6 this past season). Interested to see how that develops this upcoming season.


With most teams starting stretch fours, it possible Gabby could have some success posting her defenders up if she does transition to the wing in the pros.
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lynxmania wrote:
myrtle wrote:
I think Gabby will be an outstanding pro...but do think she needs to work on extending her range.


This is my biggest concern with her, as well. In 3 years at UConn, she is 1-7 from 3 (1-6 this past season). Interested to see how that develops this upcoming season.


With most teams starting stretch fours, it possible Gabby could have some success posting her defenders up if she does transition to the wing in the pros.


Her signature move at UConn has been an explosive drive from the high post, which she can do righty or lefty and which she can finish with an underhand layup, an overhand layup, a sort of jump hook layup, or occasionally a very short stop & pop shot.

If her high post defender is about her size, Gabby can elevate her shooting hand over the hands of the defender. If the defender is bigger than her but slow, Gabby can explode by her to the rim.

A taller defender with quick mobility should give Gabby trouble, as would a help defender who can anticipate her high post move. So far, Gabby seems able to out-anticipate and out-execute defender(s) much of the time. Of course, UConn is very adept at drawing potential help defenders away from Gabby's explosion lanes.

So, her ability to get layup shots will indeed probably depend on the quality of her individual defenders in the WNBA and the help defenders.

If Gabby can develop a better outside shot, and especially if she can develop a 3pt shot, she would be a much more dangerous offensive player. That, however, is expecting a lot at this late stage of of her career. Most players with very good shooting touches have developed that skill early in high school.

Gabby has greater hops, speed, explosiveness and general athleticism than Alyssa Thomas, in my opinion. As to shooting touch, I haven't seen Thomas lately.
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