2019 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

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.

ROUND ONE

  1. Kalani Brown – Las Vegas Aces
  2. Asia Durr – New York Liberty
  3. Katie Lou Samuelson – Indiana Fever
  4. Napheesa Collier – Chicago Sky
  5. Teaira McCowan – Dallas Wings
  6. Jessica Shepard – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Arike Ogunbowale – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Megan Gustafson – Phoenix Mercury
  9. Sophie Cunningham – Connecticut Sun
  10. Alanna Smith – Washington Mystics
  11. Kristine Anigwe – Atlanta Dream
  12. Brianna Turner – Seattle Storm

ROUND TWO

  1. Natisha Hiedeman – Phoenix Mercury
  2. Marina Mabrey – New York Liberty
  3. Kianna Ibis – Chicago Sky
  4. Anriel Howard – Minnesota Lynx
  5. Maci Morris – Washington Mystics
  6. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Danni Williams – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Hallie Thome – Minnesota Lynx
  9. Jenna Allen – Michigan State
  10. Kennedy Burke – Washington Mystics
  11. Bridget Carleton – Atlanta Dream
  12. Kennedy Leonard – Seattle Storm

ROUND THREE

  1. Kayla Goth – Indiana Fever
  2. Maite Cazorla – New York Liberty
  3. Allazia Blockton – Chicago Sky
  4. Kitjia Laksa – Indiana Fever
  5. Amy Okonkwo – Dallas Wings
  6. Ciara Duffy – Minnesota Lynx
  7. Morgan Bertsch – Los Angeles Sparks
  8. Laura Stockton – Phoenix Mercury
  9. Teniya Page – Connecticut Sun
  10. Kiara Leslie – Washington Mystics
  11. Rosemarie Julien – Atlanta Dream
  12. Zykera Rice – Seattle Storm

WNBA Draft Lottery — Who will win the #1 overall pick?

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!

Game #18 New York Liberty vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Recap (Mini Notes Version)

This recap is about 4 days late. I got busy and it’s hard to update your post with the All Star Game going on. The West won the All Star Game and Danielle Robinson participated in the win. Getting back to this game, the Silver Stars had an early camp day start and the Liberty were in town. The Silver Stars had won their previous match up against the Liberty and for the first time this season they swept the series against another team. The Stars improved to 6-12 while the Liberty dropped to 7-11.

GAME NOTES

  • This game was ugly. There was no denying it. It was un watchable at certain times.
  • Both teams shot less than 40% for the game.  The Silver Stars were just able to gut it out and get a much needed win
  • Jayne Appel had another strong rebounding game with 13 rebounds. If only Jayne looked to score more, she would have a good chance of being the most improved player.
  • The Silver Stars were able to hold all of the Liberty weapons to less than stellar shooting nights and defended them well
  • The Danielle Adams – Jayne Appel inside and outside combo is interesting. I want to see more than 2 games, but I think the Stars could benefit from this starting combo going forward. You get an inside post presence with Jayne and an outside shooting presence with Danielle making it difficult for teams to leave both.
  • Bill Laimbeer was ejected from this game after what looked like a questionable call for the Liberty. It was that kind of afternoon game.
  • Danielle Robinson had a great All Star performance with 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds
  • Jia Perkins struggled but she had other great stats such as 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals
  • Silver Stars are on a two game winning streak! Let the celebration begin.
  • Dan Hughes wins his 200th game. Way to go Dan! Dan is one of the best coaches in this league who has been able to have an impact in his players.
  • The Silver Stars biggest attendance as 12,000+ were at the game.
  • The Silver Stars now only have two matchups against the East – one on the road against Indiana and one at home against Atlanta
  • The Silver Stars don’t play again until August 2nd when they face the red hot Minnesota Lynx

Game #18 New York Liberty vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Preview

The Silver Stars are in action on kids camp day as they take on the New York Liberty. This is also the last game before they go on the All Star break. Danielle Robinson is headed for the All Star Game as is New York guard Cappie Pondexter.  Both teams are under .500 and both are coming in off wins. The Liberty stole a road win in Indiana on Tuesday while the Silver Stars were able to grab a home win against the Connecticut Sun last Saturday. This game could help both teams as New York is currently in a playoff race with Indiana for the fourth seed and San Antonio is trying to avoid being at the bottom of the Western Conference. This is also the second of a two game series between the two teams. San Antonio was able to escape with a road win in the first game with a 78-77 road win. The Silver Stars are currently 3-5 at home.

Projected Starting Lineup for the New York Liberty

G – Cappie Pondexter

G – Katie Smith

F – Plennette Pierson

F – Toni Young

C – Kara Braxton

Projected Starting Lineup for the San Antonio Silver Stars

G – Danielle Robinson

G – Jia Perkins

F – Shenise Johnson

F/C – Danielle Adams

C – Jayne Appel

THREE KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Defend Cappie Pondexter. Cappie was big in New York’s  latest win and in order for the Silver Stars to end on a winning note, they will need Danielle Robinson, Jia Perkins, Shenise Johnson to defend her as best as possible. They will need to keep her out of the lane, and keep her from scoring at will. They will need to make it tough for her to score.

2. Post Presence – Despite not being an All Star, Plennette Pierson is still a tough post player. Danielle Adams and Jayne Appel will also have to keep her from the paint and force her to shoot where she isn’t comfortable. Kelsey Bone is also a promising young rookie post so the Silver Stars will need to keep her from making an impact on the game.

3. The Danielle Factor – Both Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams will have to step up and be the leaders if the Silver Stars want to win the game. Danielle Robinson will need to be aggressive, push the tempo and look for her own scoring. Danielle Adams will need to continue scoring but she will have to do more of it in the paint area like she was able to do last game.

The Silver Stars game will be on LiveAccess and will be at 11:30 am local time. It is an early tip, so expect screaming kids and drink lots of coffee!

Game #8 – San Antonio Silver Stars vs New York Liberty Game Recap

 

Delisha Milton Jones was one of 4 double figure scorers for the Silver Stars in their one point victory

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel S. Butler (NBAE/Getty Images)

This game was nuts. There are no words to describe the game that was played. It was for the most part, a very boring afternoon affair until the OT period happened. And then, some how, some way the Silver Stars ended up with a win and left NJ for the last time.

The official game story is actually written very nicely and has some great post game quotes from both teams. Click here to read it.

The game story written by me is written below.

GAME RECAP

Newark (June 23, 2013)

The Silver Stars and the New York Liberty meet with both teams going in different directions. San Antonio was win less in their three road games and the Liberty were perfect at home in 4 games played at the Prudential Center. But, it was the San Antonio Silver Stars who came away victorious. The Silver Stars were still without Jayne Appel, who is listed as day to day.  The Silver Stars struck early and were up 15-4 before the New York Liberty came storming back and the Silver Stars were able to hang out in front and were ahead of the first quarter by seven points 25 – 18. In the second quarter,  the Silver Stars struggled offensively but the Liberty were not much better and the Silver Stars had a 2 point lead at half time 34-32. In the third quarter,  both teams still struggled but there was not much separation from either team as the Stars still stayed in front 49 – 48. In the fourth quarter, both teams were able to score but the Silver Stars were able to pull away with their biggest lead at 63- 55 before the New York Liberty came back thanks in part to Leilani Mitchell and Plenette Pierson. From there out, both teams exchanged the final dagger in the last 2 minutes, however neither were able to pull it out and the game went into overtime. The overtime period resulted in both teams making plays, but just like in the fourth quarter,  they couldn’t pull away. In the final 36 seconds, neither team took a timeout and Shenise Johnson  put the Silver Stars ahead for good as the Liberty couldn’t get the shot that they wanted, nor did any shot off their rebounds went in. The Silver Stars won the game by a final score of 78-77.  Danielle Robinson was the Silver Stars leading scorer with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The Liberty were lead by Cappie Pondexter who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

TIDBITS AND NOTES FROM THE GAME

– Danielle Robinson continues to play well in her third season. She has really progressed from her last two seasons and looks primed and ready to be the Silver Stars future point guard

– That was one heck of an OT period. I could barely understand it, as LiveAccess is 2-3 minutes behind the official box score, so I had to literally look at the box score to see what was happening, and then watch it on LiveAccess. That was brutal, especially in a game like this where you have no clue who will win the game.

– The Silver Stars, for the most part, defended Cappie well. Cappie missed some easy shots at the rim, but the Stars made sure to stay in front of her and made her take some bad shots. They also defended the last possession of the game as well as OT nicely and never gave Cappie much room to operate

– The Silver Stars couldn’t defend the interior  pick and roll as Plenette Pierson was able to make them pay.

– The Danielle Adams vs Kelsey Bone matchup was fun to watch. Neither really was able to make one another pay, such as Danielle would score, then Kelsey would score, or Danielle would get a TO, so would Kelsey etc.

– Despite shooting 38.5 from the field, 25% from three, and getting out rebounded the Silver Stars WON. They also shot 42% from the line. This is one of those wins, where you just don’t understand how they won, but still did.

Becky Hammon was quoted in the AP game recap in which she said still had about 10 more days to go before she could come back. Also, Becky was at the game

– Despite  being re inserted in the lineup, Shameka struggled again.

– It was nice to see Delisha Milton Jones being rewarded for working hard and trying her best to help Silver Stars win games with a stat line of 15 points and 5 rebounds.

– If Leilani Mitchell didn’t play this game, this game wouldn’t have been close. She was the one, along with Plennette who was able to either score, assist which made Cappie’s life a whole lot easier to score than to lead the offense.

– The Silver Stars improve to 3-5 on the season and their next game is on Tuesday against the Phoenix Mercury which will also be a nationally televised game. YAY for ESPN2. It’s also the Stars only appearance.

Game #8 – San Antonio Silver Stars vs New York Liberty Game Day Preview

It`s Silver Stars game day as they face one of three undefeated teams in the East, the New York Liberty. The Liberty are 4-0 at home this season, and the Silver Stars will try to end their win less road streak by a win this afternoon. This is the first of two meetings between the two teams. It is not clear if Jayne Appel will play, so the Silver Stars will have to try to get their first road win with those who are available.

The official game day preview courtesy of AP — http://www.wnba.com/games/20130623/SANNYL/gameinfo.html#nbaGIlive

A fellow blogger`s take on Silver Stars game preview — http://silverstarstream.com/2013/06/22/game-preview-san-antonio-heads-to-new-jersey-to-take-on-the-liberty/

The Silver Stars will need contributions from everyone as they attempt to steal a road game. The Liberty are also looking for a third straight win despite being without one of their best players in Essence Carson. Cappie Pondexter`s scoring is down this season, but she is averaging around 3.5 assists a game. 

Here are the keys to the game 

1. Make Cappie just a scorer – If San Antonio can defend and make Plennette Pierson, Leilani Mitchell, Katie Smith, Kelsey Bone, etc into non factors, it will force Cappie into becoming just a scorer which will take out the other options that NY has. It will also make defending Cappie a little easier for the Silver Stars.

2. Defend the paint. New York has alot of post options to pass the ball inside too, and if SA wants to win the game, they need to take away paint points from the likes of Plenette, Kara and Kelsey

3. NO X Factor. The Silver Stars need to make sure that sure that a player on New York doesn`t get hot and impact the game. Last game, it was Noelle Quinn who struggled before and had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Possible Starting Lineups for the Silver Stars

PG – Danielle Robinson

SG – Jia Perkins

SF – Shenise Johnson

PF – Delisha Milton Jones

C – Danielle Adams (if Jayne Appel can`t go)

Possible Starting Lineups for the New York Liberty

PG – Kamiko Williams

SG – Cappie Pondexter

G – Katie Smith

PF – Plennette Pierson

F(c) – Kata Braxton

 I haven`t watched much of the Liberty this season, but they struggled early in the season while they were getting used to one another. That is not the case anymore.

The game will be on MSG + and on LiveAccess. It will tip off shortly at 3 pm EST, 2 pm local time and 12 pm PST. 

This is also the last time that the Silver Stars will play in Newark, New Jersey as next season the Liberty head back to Madison Square Garden after a 4 season hiatus.

Becky Hammon MIGHT make the trip. This is not yet confirmed.