The WNBA Draft is coming up in three months and with that in mind, I have released the first version of my WNBA Mock Draft. These versions of the mock draft will be updated monthly. Also, after the NCAA Tournament, the mock drafts will be updated weekly until the actual WNBA Draft.
NOTE:**This first version of the draft does not include international players and will be included in the next version. It also does not include possible early declaration players and possible WNBA Free Agency movement which impacts the draft. That will be in the later versions of the draft which will be out in March or April.
The 2019 WNBA Draft Lottery will take place tonight during half time of the WNBA semi final game 2 (Washington vs Atlanta). The four worst teams in the league this season have the opportunity to grab a great college player in yet another deep WNBA draft class.
The four worst teams this season were the Indiana Fever, Chicago Sky, Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty. The lottery rules have shifted and instead of the 1 year record, it now accounts for 2 years (or seasons). So, this means that the Fever and the Sky have the best odds of landing a top 2 pick. The Las Vegas Aces improved significantly this season but can still land a top 3 pick. The “worst” odds out of all the teams belongs to the New York Liberty. The Liberty were great in 2017, and that great year will affect them for this draft lottery. However, it should be noted that finishing fourth in this year’s lottery is not that bad. There are a ton of talented players available and the Liberty should fare well.
Keeping all that in mind, I believe that lottery drawings are a luck of the draw. The Indiana Fever REALLY need this top pick and would be thrilled to have it. However, I do not think the Fever will win tonight. I have a feeling it will be the Chicago Sky who come away with the #1 overall pick. I think the Fever will pick #2, the Aces at #3 and the Liberty at #4 overall. (I could be totally wrong, and it could just be the Fever who finally manage to win the #1 overall pick)
Whatever team will end up winning the #1 overall pick in 2019, they will have plenty of talented senior college players to choose from. Players such as Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr, Arike Ogunbowale, Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, Kalani Brown and more. I tracked all of the college players for two years running and here was the latest on who the top overall junior player was for 2018.
This could change a WNBA teams fortune. So, who do you think will win the #1 overall pick? Tune in tonight to find out!
Note: *The WNBA Draft Lottery is postponed until further notice. It was supposed to take place on Sept 14 during the half time of the Lynx vs Mystics semi final playoff game. The unofficial note is that it may be rescheduled in the month of October, maybe even sooner. Until that happens, this is a break down of the WNBA Draft Lottery on all the four teams that missed the playoffs this season.*
This year’s WNBA Draft Lottery is almost upon us. The four teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at drafting the #1 overall selection in next year’s very deep draft. The four teams that missed the playoffs are the following: Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever and the San Antonio Stars. In order to have the highest percentage of possibly acquiring the #1 pick, teams with the worst 2 year record has the most chances of selecting #1 overall. This year, that honor belongs to the San Antonio Stars. The second worst team is the Indiana Fever followed by the Atlanta Dream and the Chicago Sky.
To break it down, although 4 teams missed the playoffs, only 3 teams will be selecting the top 4 WNBA Draft selections. The Atlanta Dream traded away their first round overall pick to the Chicago Sky who will now have two picks in the top 4. The Dream will have to trade in order to get into the first round once again.
The WNBA Draft Lottery can go many ways. In 2015 and 2016, the Storm won the #1 picks back to back. This is very rare and difficult to get. Since the San Antonio Stars had the #1st overall pick in 2017, it is very hard to see them getting the #1 pick in 2018 despite having a higher percentage than of the other two teams.
In my best educated guess, if I were to guess the WNBA Draft Lottery odds and selection, I would have to say that the Indiana Fever would get the #1 WNBA Draft pick. The San Antonio Stars would get the #2nd overall pick, then the Sky at 3 & 4 overall. Of course, this is just one scenario and it could be a much different outcome when the lottery does take place. This is a WNBA Draft where even if teams do miss out on the #1 overall pick, the rest of the draft has potential superstars, some stars and great potential starters. Teams shouldn’t be too disappointed, but whoever does get the #1 overall pick should help their team and franchise immediately.
The San Antonio Silver Stars fell to the Indiana Fever by a final score of 80-63. Danielle Adams led the way for SA with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Shavonte Zellous had 20 points for Indiana. The Silver Stars drop to 9-16 on the season and 3-10 on the road. The Silver Stars next opponent is Tulsa on Friday and the good news is that the Stars only have 4 more road games to play this season, including the one on Friday at Tulsa. My game recap is below, along with game observations and notes.
August 21, 2013
The San Antonio Silver Stars were looking to fix their road problems when they came to Indiana as they were 3-9 on the road this season. However, their road troubles continued as Indiana was able to pull out the victory and improve to .500 at home. The Silver Stars are now 3-10 on the road this season. That wasn’t the last of the Silver Star problems. Already short with their best two players, Danielle Robinson didn’t play in the second half as she injured her right knee during the last minutes of the 1st half. Danielle Robinson was leading the WNBA in assists per game with 6.9 and her status is not yet known. The Fever controlled this game thanks largely in part to San Antonio’s 19 turnovers compared to Indiana’s 12. They also managed to keep players in foul trouble making things even more difficult for San Antonio. Indiana led the first quarter by six 19-13 and built on a 22-12 run in the second quarter due to Tamika Catchings scoring 15 points. They built a 41-25 lead at half time. In the third quarter, San Antonio made it interesting when Davellyn White made two threes which cut Indiana’s lead to 44-37. However, IND was able to re take the lead thanks to Shavonte Zellous who was stellar in the second half. She had 20 points in her first game back from a foot injury. San Antonio never recovered and Indiana ran away with the game by a final score of 80-63.
GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS
I sure hope Danielle Robinson is ok. The Silver Stars are not just the same without her leadership and her ability to run the team.
Chelsea Poppens played in her second game for San Antonio. She had 3 points, and was active offensively. She struggles defensively which is to be expected and I thought she was decent. She still has a long way to go before she becomes a good player.
Indiana’s Fever LiveAccess was sharp and the Fever had a decent attendance for a Wednesday evening with 7,416 people. It looked sparse, but full at the same time
This was an ugly game for SA. Not worth watching again for San Antonio fans.
The Silver Stars are on the road as they visit the defending champion the Indiana Fever for the second and final time this season. The Silver Stars are coming off a win against the Mercury while the Fever are coming off from a loss at Seattle. The Silver Stars only have 10 games left to play in the regular season and this is the last time they will face an Eastern Conference opponent until Sept 15 which is the end of the regular season against Atlanta at home. The Western Conference playoff race is tightening up and it looks more and more like Seattle will be the final Western Conference team to qualify. However, it is still early and the Silver Stars still control their destiny as they play Seattle two more times and Tulsa 3 more times this season. The Silver Stars are 3-9 on the road while the Fever are 6-7 at home. The Fever currently lead the series 1-0.
Probable Starting Lineup for the Silver Stars
PG – Danielle Robinson
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
F/C – Danielle Adams
C – Jayne Appel
Probable Starting Lineup for the Indiana Fever
PG – Briann January
G- Shavonte Zellous or Erin Phillips
SF – Tamika Catchings
G/F – Karima Christmas
C – Erlana Larkins
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defend – The Indiana Fever are known for their defense and the Fever will be itching to play well after three straight road losses. Catchings is a well known defender as is Briann January and Erin Phillips. The Silver Stars must be ready for it and both Danielles will need to be on top of their game for the Stars to steal a road game.
2. Balanced scoring attack – Like last game, the Silver Stars need 4 double figure scorers and they need the bench to play well. The more balanced the Stars are the harder it will be for the Fever to stop them.
3. Get to the FT line – The Fever will make life difficult on the perimeter so the Stars must drive and attack. The Fever are limited in the paint due to injuries so the Stars have an advantage there. They shouldn’t settle for jumpers and look to drive more than they usually do.
The game will be on LiveAccess at 6 pm local time, 7 pm EST and 4 pm PST.
The San Antonio Silver Stars started off the game on the right foot, and were making all of the right plays. The Indiana Fever looked like they were just going through the motions and the Silver Stars were making them pay for it. It looked like the Silver Stars were having complete control of the game but then Indiana came storming back and won the game in a convincing matter. The Silver Stars just didn`t have enough weapons to take away from Indiana as both Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas looked strong in their first game of the season.
Shenise Johnson looked great in her first game of her second season. She looked strong, attacked the basket and was aggressive. Kind of looked like of how she was projected as one of the ROY players coming out of her draft last year
– The Fever also looked good and sharp and business like in their win against San Antonio
– Davellyn White, the rookie shot the ball a bit too much, but still showed some skills in her first pro game. As did Kayla Alexander.
– This is the first game of the season. The Stars will play again in a week against LA.
The San Antonio Silver Stars tip off their season tonight at the AT&T Center. It will be on LiveAccess online and NBATV & Fox Sports SouthWest at 8 pm. The Silver Stars are coming off from a great season last year and off a disappointing first round exit at the hands of the Los Angeles Sparks. In the off season, the Silver Stars lost Sophia Young to an ACL injury she suffered while playing overseas in China. The Silver Stars also drafted Kayla Alexander and Davellyn White hoping both can ease into the season and make an impact. The Silver Stars will also be without Becky Hammon who suffered a finger injury in practice about a couple of days ago. She is sidelined indefinitely.
The Silver Stars will have to rely on their young players – Danielle Adams and Danielle Robinson as well as Shenise Johnson. Jia Perkins, one of the key contributors off the bench last season will also be needed. Delisha Milton Jones experience will have to come in handy as they try to navigate their way into a tough opening schedule.
The Indiana Fever are coming off a championship from last season but are missing three important players as well as their rookie Layshia Clarendon. The Indiana Fever are still one of the best in the Eastern Conference due to their veterans and team leaders in Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings and will be there once again, competing with the best of the East.
This game will feature a heavy amount of defense and the Silver Stars will need to attack the basket as well as their three point shooting to be able to come away with the victory.
Probable San Antonio Starters
PG – Danielle Robinson / SG – Jia Perkins / SF – Shameka Christon / PF – Delisha Milton Jones / C – Jayne Appel
Probable Indiana Fever Starters
PG – Briann January / SG – Katie Douglas / SF – Tamika Catchings / PF – ? / C – Erlana Larkins
Silver Stars and Indiana Fever are tied (1 – 1) in pre season this year
Game Winner: Indiana by 5
It will be close and competitive, but ultimately SASS won’t have enough to pull it out.