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PostPosted: 05/20/19 4:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'd love it if Walker makes the team now.

PG: Gray/Jones
SG: Beard/Williams/Mabrey
SF: Parker/Ruffin-Pratt/Walker
PF: Nneka/Vadeeva
C: Chiney/Brown



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PostPosted: 05/21/19 12:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
I'd love it if Walker makes the team now.

PG: Gray/Jones
SG: Beard/Williams/Mabrey
SF: Parker/Ruffin-Pratt/Walker
PF: Nneka/Vadeeva
C: Chiney/Brown


Works for me.

Obviously, Wiese, Sameulson, Mabrey, and Walker are vying for the final two spots. I have a feeling that despite showing out in the preseason, Walker will get cut as she seems more of a tweener (3-4) and while we need a 3, we don't need any more fours. Then the Sparks take two of the remaining three, all of whom can shoot the three (which is desperately needed given all the big bodies inside.)
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PostPosted: 05/21/19 9:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

boom*NNEKA*nneka wrote:
toad455 wrote:
I'd love it if Walker makes the team now.

PG: Gray/Jones
SG: Beard/Williams/Mabrey
SF: Parker/Ruffin-Pratt/Walker
PF: Nneka/Vadeeva
C: Chiney/Brown


Works for me.

Obviously, Wiese, Sameulson, Mabrey, and Walker are vying for the final two spots. I have a feeling that despite showing out in the preseason, Walker will get cut as she seems more of a tweener (3-4) and while we need a 3, we don't need any more fours. Then the Sparks take two of the remaining three, all of whom can shoot the three (which is desperately needed given all the big bodies inside.)



I think Walker is necessary until CP3 returns. Gives some height, scoring and rebounding at the SF. TRP is a glue player. She does the dirty work, rebounding and gets a lot of assists for not being a PG. Wiese looked good in pre-season and has played with the primary players. Mabrey shows promise - can bring her back if needed during the season since she's been at training camp. Needs to attend Alana Beard's training camp for defense.



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PostPosted: 05/22/19 3:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Who's the best defender out of Weise , Mabrey & Samuelson ?



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PostPosted: 05/22/19 3:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Who's the best defender out of Weise , Mabrey & Samuelson ?


Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/22/19 3:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Who's the best defender out of Weise , Mabrey & Samuelson ?


Laughing


Samuelson showed some promise last season



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PostPosted: 05/22/19 5:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Michelle89 wrote:
myrtle wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Who's the best defender out of Weise , Mabrey & Samuelson ?


Laughing


Samuelson showed some promise last season


In my opinion, Samuelson > Wiese > Mabrey. It's all relative, of course.
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PostPosted: 05/22/19 6:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Didn't watch Samuelson, but Wiese on offense looked significantly more athletic than Mabrey in college, who I am surprised is still in the mix to make a WNBA team. I don't really pay attention to defense.


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PostPosted: 05/22/19 8:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
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Who's the best defender out of Weise , Mabrey & Samuelson ?


Laughing


Ijs Smile whomever comes out on top on that end will get the nod. All 3 can shoot lights out.



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 11:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So I guess LA is the last to make its cuts.



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 12:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
So I guess LA is the last to make its cuts.


Doesn't NY have one more cut to make?



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 12:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
myrtle wrote:
So I guess LA is the last to make its cuts.


Doesn't NY have one more cut to make?


And Phoenix...



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 1:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
myrtle wrote:
So I guess LA is the last to make its cuts.


Doesn't NY have one more cut to make?


Unless they’re temp suspending more than Johannes, they should have two more cuts.



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 1:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bullsky wrote:
pilight wrote:
myrtle wrote:
So I guess LA is the last to make its cuts.


Doesn't NY have one more cut to make?


And Phoenix...


Phoenix should be the most interesting one.

There’s also Aces and Mystics with a cut left.



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 4:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Sparks are the only team that doesn't have its roster finalized by the deadline...



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 4:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Walker and Samuelson are the final cuts for LA.



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PostPosted: 05/23/19 9:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Gray/Jones/Wiese
Beard/Williams/Mabrey
Parker/TRP
N. Ogwumike/Vadeeva
C. Ogwumike/Brown

All things considered, looks pretty good. We lost three rotation players in Sims, Carson, and Lavender, and replaced them with Jones, TRP, and C. Ogwumike. Also essentially traded Samuelson for Mabrey and Brown.

Keepers (7): Gray/Beard/Parker/N.Ogwumike/Williams/Vadeeva/Wiese
Lost (4): Sims/Samuelson/Carson/Lavender
New (5) : Jones/Mabrey/TRP/C. Ogwumike/Brown
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PostPosted: 05/24/19 8:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Walker and Samuelson are the final cuts for LA.


I feel so bad for Ashley Walker. I get that she's an undersized big, but she usually performs so well in training camp but is just caught in a tough situation. There was no way she was making this team.



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 9:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bullsky wrote:
toad455 wrote:
Walker and Samuelson are the final cuts for LA.


I feel so bad for Ashley Walker. I get that she's an undersized big, but she usually performs so well in training camp but is just caught in a tough situation. There was no way she was making this team.


6 of the 14 shots she took in preseason were three pointers, so at 6’1 would it be out of line to call her a SF?



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 10:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
bullsky wrote:
toad455 wrote:
Walker and Samuelson are the final cuts for LA.


I feel so bad for Ashley Walker. I get that she's an undersized big, but she usually performs so well in training camp but is just caught in a tough situation. There was no way she was making this team.


6 of the 14 shots she took in preseason were three pointers, so at 6’1 would it be out of line to call her a SF?


Not sure. I don't know if she's quick enough to defend SF's. She was a natural PF in college alongside Devanei Hampton.



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 10:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bullsky wrote:
Shades wrote:
bullsky wrote:
toad455 wrote:
Walker and Samuelson are the final cuts for LA.


I feel so bad for Ashley Walker. I get that she's an undersized big, but she usually performs so well in training camp but is just caught in a tough situation. There was no way she was making this team.


6 of the 14 shots she took in preseason were three pointers, so at 6’1 would it be out of line to call her a SF?


Not sure. I don't know if she's quick enough to defend SF's. She was a natural PF in college alongside Devanei Hampton.


Tweeners like that have never really been able to find a place in the league. There are exceptions, but not many.


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PostPosted: 05/24/19 11:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There’s a long list of PF’s in college that have moved to a more perimeter position in the WNBA. If they can shoot the three, it certainly helps with the transition.



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 11:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Thank you for posting these! I'm so happy for the rookies and in particular, am looking forward to when Marina feels really comfortable...when all the swag and confidence we saw at ND are there. She played well in the preseason but her interviews make me want to go give her a hug! I know it's a challenge just getting adjusted to a whole new life, team, etc.

Kalani and Syd sound really good and all three are ready to do what they can for the team.

My goodness this has been the year of (understandably) emphasizing how hard it is to earn a spot. The vet and rookie cuts definitely make that clear.


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PostPosted: 05/29/19 8:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Vadeeva left already? No Vadeeva or Parker makes the Sparks very thin inside.

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/05/28/sparks-will-miss-maria-vadeeva-who-impressed-in-season-opener-before-reporting-to-play-for-russia/

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Dulling the shine on Vadeeva’s career night with the Sparks: She’s reported to the Russian national team to participate in the upcoming EuroBasket tournament, which runs through July 7 for the teams that reach the final.



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