Who are the 32 players in the G.O.A.T WNBA Bracket Challenge?

Greatest of All Time Player Bracket Challenge!

We released the WNBA G.O.A.T Bracket Challenge and we have had great response to it. Our Round of 64 is now completed and now we move on to the Round of 32. Listed below are the 32 players left in the WNBA G.O.A.T Bracket Challenge who moved on thanks to the voting.

The Round of 32 will begin tomorrow at 10 am EST via Twitter Polls and we thought it would be a great idea to have the bios of the 32 WNBA Players so all of you would have an informed opinion on who to vote for in every region. . We are starting with the first region W, followed by the second region, N, then the third region B and the final region A.

Region W

#1 overall seed Diana Taurasi vs #8 Dawn Staley

#1 Diana Taurasi

Regarded as one of the most intense players, Diana Taurasi has backed it up in 15 seasons with the Mercury delivering 3 championships and becoming known as one of the toughest playoff competitors in league history. Spending her entire career with the Phoenix Mercury she has led the Merc to new heights winning the 2009 MVP 5 scoring titles including 4 in a row, while making 9 all star and ten all WNBA teams. But DT’s biggest accomplishments have come in the post season winning the Finals MVP twice on her way to being known as one of the best clutch performers in WNBA history.  – Glenn

#8 Dawn Staley

Dawn Staley is one of the WNBA’s most recognizable players and is currently the head coach of South Carolina women’s basketball team. Dawn originally played for the ABL before being drafted in the WNBA in 1999. She played for six seasons for the Charlotte Sting and was traded to the Houston Comets during her last season in the WNBA in 2006. She led the Charlotte Sting to the title game in 2001. She was a six time WNBA All Star. Aneela

#2 Sheryl Swoopes vs #7 Ticha Penicheiro

#2 Sheryl Swoopes (1997- 2011)

Three time MVP, four time champion, three time defensive player of the year, two time scoring champ, and a list of additional accolades too long to include here. Swoopes was one of the faces of the league from its inception and one of the most enduringly popular figures ever to grace a WNBA court. – Kevin

#7 Ticha Penicheiro

Penicheiro is one of the best passers the WNBA has ever seen. Currently, she ranks 2nd All-Time in both assists and steals. Over her 15-year career, Penicheiro led the league in assists 7 times, including a career-high 8 assists per game in 2002. She also won a WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005. – Michael

#3 Candace Parker vs #6 Chamique Holdsclaw

#3 Candace Parker (2008 – present)

Two time MVP, eight time All WNBA, and league champion. Parker led the league in rebounding and blocks twice each. One of the most engaging and popular players in league history, she has been one of the faces of the league from the moment she was drafted #1 in 2008. – Kevin

#6 Chamique Holdsclaw

A six-time WNBA All-Star and a three-time All-WNBA Second Team selection. She played 11 seasons with her longest stint being her six seasons with the Washington Mystics. She was the 1999 Rookie of the Year and won her only scoring title in 2002. She also won back-to-back rebounding crowns too. – Lamar

#4 Sylvia Fowles vs #5 Becky Hammon

#4 Sylvia Fowles

A 6-foot-6 center known as a great rebounder and defender, has played 12 seasons in the WNBA and currently plays for the Minnesota Lynx. Fowles is a two-time WNBA Champion, a two-time WNBA Finals MVP and a one-time WNBA MVP. Fowles also is a three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star. – Nathan

#5 Becky Hammon

A six time WNBA All Star and 16 year WNBA veteran. Hammon has split her WNBA career between the New York Liberty and the San Antonio Stars where the Stars have since retired her jersey. She has made the All – WNBA Team four times, she won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and took the San Antonio Stars to their only WNBA Finals appearance in 2008 – Lamar

Region N

#1 Lauren Jackson vs #8 Candice Dupree

#1 Lauren Jackson

Seen as one of the world’s greatest women’s players and one of the WNBA’s best post players in history. Lauren Jackson came to the WNBA at the tender age of 19 and did not disappoint quickly becoming the anchor in the middle of the great Storm teams of the 2000’s. Teaming up with Sue Bird they quickly formed one of the greatest inside outside tandems seen in the WNBA. Winning two titles in her 12 season career Injuries cut Lauren’s career short but she still was remembered as a 2 time scoring champion and one time rebounding champion who was a severe threat whenever she stepped onto the court.  – Glenn

#8 Candice Dupree

Candice Dupree is a model of consistency. Every time that she steps on to the court, she is going to get what she wants. This consistency is what led her to make 7 all-star games. Dupree was also a member of the 2014 Phoenix Mercury team that won a championship. She currently ranks in the top ten all-time for both total points and rebounds. – Michael

#2 Cynthia Cooper vs #7 Teresa Weatherspoon
#2 Cynthia Cooper

Quite simply the WNBA’s first megastar. Cynthia Cooper transcended a long career in Europe and exploded onto the American scene at the ripe age of 34. She was the scoring and overall leader of the legendary Houston Comets dynasty. Winning the WNBA title in each of her four full seasons and being named Finals MVP in each of those seasons. The 3 time scoring champ and 2x WNBA MVP in her first two seasons, Cooper set the benchmark for excellence that WNBA players still strive for today.  – Glenn

#7 Teresa Weatherspoon

Teresa Weatherspoon is one of the WNBA’s inaugural players and was a dynamic guard for the New York Liberty. She became well known for her half court shot to tie the WNBA Finals series with the Houston Comets in 1999. She helped guide the Liberty to it’s first ever WNBA Finals appearance in 1997 and then in 1999. She won the first ever WNBA DPOY in 1997 and won again the following year. – Aneela

#3 Seimone Augustus vs #6 Brittney Griner
Seimone Augustus (2006 – present)

Six time All WNBA player, eight time All Star, and four time champion. The #1 pick of the 2006 draft, Augustus won rookie of the year and became the face of the Lynx throughout their 2010’s dynasty including winning finals MVP.  – Kevin

#6 Brittney Griner

A six-time WNBA All-Star that has played seven seasons all for the Phoenix Mercury. Griner has made All-WNBA five times and has made the All-WNBA Defensive First Team three times and the All-WNBA Defensive Second Team three times. A two-time Defensive Player of the Year who averages 3.0 bpg over her career. She is a two-time scoring champ and has scored over 20ppg the last three years. Griner won a WNBA title in 2014 and an Olympic gold medal in 2016. – Lamar

#4 Elena Delle Donne vs #5 Lindsay Whalen

#4 Elena Delle Donne

A 6-foot-5 forward known has arguably the most talent player currently in the WNBA, has played seven seasons in the WNBA and currently plays for the Washington Mystics, averaging 20.3 points and 7.0 rebounds for her career. Delle Donne is a one-time WNBA Champion, a two-time WNBA MVP and a six-time WNBA All-Star. Delle Donne also was a WNBA Rookie of the Year and in 2019 became the only player in WNBA history to join the 50-40-90 club. – Nathan

#5 Lindsay Whalen

A 5-foot-9 known as one of the most consistent and reliable WNBA players in history, played 15 seasons in the WNBA and retired in 2018 with the Minnesota Lynx. Whalen was a four-time WNBA Champion, a five-time All-Star and a three-time All-WNBA First Team. Whalen also was a three-time WNBA assists leader and currently has the most assists in WNBA Playoff history.  – Nathan

Region B
#1 Maya Moore vs #8 Breanna Stewart
#1 Maya Moore

Quite simply the greatest player from the 2010’s. Maya Moore transformed the Minnesota Lynx from the bottom into a dynasty within one year of her arrival. She helped create one of the most respected franchises in the process. The 2014 MVP added leadership and scoring which went on to win four WNBA titles and 6 finals in 8 years. She was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2013. In 2019, Maya Moore stepped away from the game to pursue social justice opportunities and in the process added even more respect to an already legendary career.  – Glenn

#8 Breanna Stewart

What Breanna Stewart has done in her career is incredible. At just 25 years old, Stewart has already won both the regular-season league MVP and finals MVP. She has also made 2 all-star games in 2017 and 2018. She lost her 2019 season due to an achilles injury, so there will be a lot eyes on her to see if she can pick up where she left off in 2018. Breanna Stewart might be young, but by the time she wraps up her career, she will be among the league greats. – Michael

#2 Tamika Catchings vs #7 Rebekkah Brunson
#2 Tamika Catchings

The most respected woman in WNBA history for her class on the court and her community leadership off it. Tamika Catchings is known as one of the greatest ever to play the game. She reached 3 WNBA Finals and she was a WNBA champion in 2012. She’s a 5 time Defensive Player of the Year and was the 2011 WNBA MVP. Catchings’s all around game was second to none in her 15 year career, all with the Indiana Fever. She led the Fever to the WNBA playoffs in all but two of them. Her community work and leadership has made Tamika Catchings one of the WNBA’s greatest ambassadors and she continues in a new role as Fever President and General Manager. – Glenn

#7 Rebekkah Brunson

Brunson is a 5 time All-Star over her 15-year career. During this span, she won 5 championships, the most in WNBA history. Brunson is also the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder with a total of 3,356 rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson was a fierce defender which earned her a spot on 7 All-Defensive teams, 1 being First Team (2011) and 6 being Second Team. (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018) – Michael

 

#3 Angel McCoughtry vs #11 Skylar Diggins-Smith
#3 Angel McCoughtry (2009 – present)

Six time All WNBA player, five time All Star, seven time All Defensive team, and two time scoring champ. McCoughtry was the #1 pick in 2009 and won rookie of the year. She led the league in steals twice. Abrasive and mercurial, McCoughtry has a reputation for being hard on coaches and teammates. Despite that, many players have had their best seasons playing alongside her. -Kevin

#11 Skylar Diggins – Smith

Diggins-Smith is a perennial all-star currently set to play for the Phoenix Mercury in this upcoming season. In 2014 she won the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award after averaging 20.1 points per game. Her resume also includes 2 First Team All-WNBA appearances (2014,2017) and one 1 Second Team All-WNBA appearance. (2018) Also during the 2018 season she set her career high for points with 35. – Michael

#5 Swin Cash vs #13 Courtney Vandersloot
#5 Swin Cash

A 6-foot-1 forward known has one of the most consistent players in WNBA history, played 15 seasons in the WNBA and retired in 2016 with the New York Libery. Cash was a three-time WNBA Champion and a four-time WNBA All-Star. – Nathan

#13 Courtney Vandersloot

A 5-foot-8 guard known as arguably the best passer in WNBA history along with Sue Bird, has played nine seasons in the WNBA and all for the Chicago Sky. Vandersloot is a two-time WNBA All-Star and was All-WNBA First Team in 2019. Vandersloot also is a four-time WNBA assists leader as she currently has the all-time average for assists, hovering at 6.2 assists in the regular season and 7.0 assists in the postseason. – Nathan

Region A
#1 Lisa Leslie vs #8 Penny Taylor

#1 Lisa Leslie

One of the allocated Cornerstones of the WNBA Lisa Leslie created the LA sparks into the model franchise it continues to be today. Her massive post presence and inside shooting touch made her one of the most feared players on the court and her marketing savvy made her one of the most respected players off it. A 3 time MVP and the force behind the Sparks back to back titles in 2001 and 2002, Leslie is rightfully one of the WNBA’s true legends. – Glenn

#8 Penny Taylor

Penny Taylor is one of the best all-around players to ever play in the WNBA. In 2001 Taylor was drafted to the Cleveland Rockers with the 11th pick in the first round. She played a total of 13 seasons in the league, 3 of which resulted in championships. She also made 3 all-star appearances and was even named to the All-WNBA First team in 2007.Michael

#2 Sue Bird vs #7 Cappie Pondexter
#2 Sue Bird (2002 – present)

Eight time All WNBA player, 11 time All Star, three time assist leader, and three time champion. Bird is the epitome of a WNBA point guard, balancing her own offense with her teammates perfectly. She is the league’s all time assist leader and helped Lauren Jackson and Breanna Stewart to MVP status. – Kevin

#7 Cappie Pondexter

Cappie Pondexter will go down as one of the most explosive guards in the history of the WNBA. When she came into the league in 2006 she made an immediate splash averaging 19.5 points per game for the Phoenix Mercury. Pondexter is a two-time WNBA champion with the Mercury. She also took home the Finals MVP trophy for her performance in the 2007 WNBA Finals. Cappie finished her career as a 7-time all-star among many other accolades. – Michael

#3 Tina Thompson vs #6 Nneka Ogwumike

#3 Tina Thompson (1997 – 2013)

Eight time All WNBA player, nine time All Star, and four time champion. Thompson was the first player chosen in the inaugural college draft in 1997. She was a precursor to the ubiquitous “stretch four” of today, mixing the ability to bang in the paint with long range shooting accuracy. – Kevin

#6 Nneka Ogwumike

A six-time WNBA All-Star and has played eight seasons in the league. She has spent her whole career with the Los Angeles Sparks and is currently their third all-time leading scorer. She was the 2016 WNBA MVP and has been All-NBA four times. She has made the All Defensive Team four times. And she hit the series winning shot in the 2016 WNBA Finals to bring the Sparks their first title in 14 years. – Lamar

#4 Katie Smith vs #5 Tina Charles

#4 Katie Smith

A 5-foot-11 wing known as a great scorer, played 15 seasons in the WNBA and retired in 2013 with the New York Liberty. Smith was a two-time WNBA Champion and a one-time WNBA Finals MVP. Smith was also a seven-time All-Star and had one of best scoring seasons in WNBA history with 23.1 points per game in 2001. – Nathan

#5 Tina Charles

A five-time WNBA All-Star and the 2012 league MVP. She has won two Olympic gold medals. Charles has All-WNBA eight times and is one of three players in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding. She’s led the league in rebounding four times and is the New York Liberty’s all-time rebounding leader. She has been in the league for 10 seasons. – Lamar

Who is the Greatest WNBA Player of All Time? Tournament Bracket Challenge!

Greatest of All Time Player Bracket Challenge!

Welcome to the Greatest WNBA Player of All Time Tournament Bracket Challenge presented by wbasketballblog.com!

The constant debates between who REALLY is the Greatest WNBA Player of All Time can be put to rest in this bracket challenge. There are so many different ideas of what makes a great player in terms of scoring the ball, defending, rebounding and what kind of impact they had in the game, etc.  We thought it would be a great idea to put it in the public’s hands once and for all to determine who is the Greatest WNBA Player of All Time.

The world is consumed of bad news everyday and since the NCAA Tournament was cancelled, why not throw our own tournament but still represent the WNBA and women’s basketball? So, we came up with this idea.

In order to undertake this challenge of putting the top 64 players, I reached out to ask individuals if they would like to participate. In turn, I received a lot of interest and we were able to quickly form a committee. The following committee members are: Kevin Brown, Glenn Starkey, Nathan Hiatt, Lamar Smith, Michael Olsen and myself (Aneela Khan).

As a committee, we decided that Diana Taurasi is the overall #1 seed and the four #1 seeds are Diana Taurasi, Lauren Jackson, Maya Moore and Lisa Leslie. The four regions are named W, N, B and A. Tomorrow, we will release the 64 players bios to give you an informed opinion on who to vote for.

Voting will begin at 10 am EST on Monday, March 30th and we will conduct the polls via Twitter. We will do one region each day. The winner will be announced some time in April.  Voting will be for 24 hours.

The G.O.A.T bracket is below. (We apologize for the size of the table and how small it is but it will make it easier for you to see.) Again, we deeply apologize for the size and the fact that there are no printed copies. Truly.

Listed below are the committee members bios who contributed to making this bracket happen. They are very diverse and come from different walks of life.

Aneela KhanTwitter@whoopsblogger

Aneela Khan is the owner of wbasketballblog.com. She became a fan of the WNBA in the year 2008 when Candace Parker entered the league. She was a fan of the San Antonio Stars before they were sold to Las Vegas. She started to blog and write about women’s college basketball, WNBA, Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team seriously in the year 2016.

Glenn Starkey  – Twitter – @Starkman55

Glenn Starkey has followed the WNBA since the year 2000. In 2004, he became a season ticket holder to the New York Liberty. He married a fellow New York Liberty fan, Rebecca in 2011. He has seen the New York Liberty go through many ups and downs throughout their tenure and has found a community with many other fellow Liberty fans. Glenn works in business insurance and also supports six women’s college basketball teams.

Kevin BrownTwitter – @over_short

Kevin Brown has been a WNBA fan since the inaugural season. He preferred the WNBA over the ABL because of how dominant Sheryl Swoopes was. Kevin has tracked WNBA stats and trivia over at his personal website WNBA odds and ends in which he has kept records from old and new seasons. His site has been simply instrumental in keeping WNBA data when there was no other option.

Lamar Smith – Twitter – @inside380

Lamar Smith is a sports journalism Masters graduate at Arizona State University. He is an avid basketball fan and in the fall he will be publishing his first book.

Michael OlsonTwitter @colombianmikey

Michael Olsen is a senior in high school. He is from Minnesota and is a Lynx fan and was able to witness the Lynx’s great dynasty. He really became supportive of the WNBA in 2016 and in his free time, he watches women’s college basketball, the WNBA and he also plays basketball. He also likes to study both the history of the league and historical players while still watching the young talent we see in the game today.

Nathan HiattTwitter – @NATE_HIATT

Nathan Hiatt is a sports journalist who graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He currently attends Arizona State University as a graduate student and is set to graduate this coming May.

Canadian Senior Women’s Basketball Team Member Kayla Alexander speaks on the postponed Olympics and COVID-19.

kayla alexander

The corona virus continues to spread across the world and wreak havoc on sporting events, both big and small. It has now forced the International Olympic Committee to postpone the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo to no later than summer 2021. The Olympic Games were set to start from July 24 to August 9th.

The IOC were originally supposed to have a decision come April, but national team federations such as Canada and Australia pulled their athletes from the Games and Team Australia even told their athletes to prepare for the games in summer 2021 before there was even a final decision made.

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team was headed to the Olympics after they went 3-0 in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This was one of their best teams ever assembled as they had a mix of youth, experience and great defense and Team Canada was ranked fourth in the world, the highest standing yet.

Team Canada women’s basketball member Kayla Alexander was set to debut in her first Olympics this year and she took some time out of her day to answer questions regarding the Olympics, COVID-19 and the WNBA.  Recently,  she signed a standard contract with the Minnesota Lynx.

Q: As a Canadian Senior Women’s National Team member who was vying for a spot on the team, how were you training as COVID – 19 virus was becoming more and more serious?

KAYLA: When it was becoming more serious I was in season in Poland. Things progressed pretty quickly once the NBA suspended the season and the NCAA cancelled March Madness and all spring sports. Shortly after that our season went from the possibility of having a condensed playoff format to cancelled. When I returned home a decision had not yet been made by the COC and IOC, so I was doing what I could at home. My dad has some old workout equipment in the basement so our CB trainer created some strength workouts for me that I could do at home based on the equipment I had. I was also using the Nike NTC app for more endurance/cardio type workouts and yoga.

It was hard, but I am sure many athletes were trying to do the best with what we had. There is no way to replicate all of the skills and physical aspects required to play basketball, at home, so I could only imagine what other athletes felt not having access to pools, climbing walls, pole vaults, tracks, etc.

Q: How did you feel about the IOC still wanting to continue with the Olympics despite the global outbreak?

KAYLA: I think that they, like myself and I am sure many others, were trying to remain positive and see how the virus would play out. None of us know the future, and what would take place, so I think they were waiting and hoping that something positive would happen regarding the virus.

At the same time, it was frustrating not being able to train at the level that I wanted and needed to in order to prepare for the games. I can only imagine the stress this was causing fellow athletes, having to try to stay/ be fit, but also dealing with the unknown of what tomorrow held. I don’t think that the IOC would put the athletes, staff and the world at risk and expect us all to show up and perform if it wasn’t safe, and would have made a decision soon.

Q:  What was your real, raw reaction when you got the news that Team Canada was not going to send it’s athletes to the Games?

Heartbroken, sad and upset if I’m being honest. This would have hopefully been my first ever games. However, the leadership role Canada took as a nation, makes me proud of our country. I  respected their decision because it showed that their priority was to concentrate on the collective health and well being and take all necessary steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In due time, sports will bring the world together again, when it’s safe for each and everyone of us.

Q: Your thoughts on the IOC’s postponement on the Games to summer 2021 and how it affects your plans going forward?

I think it was the right call, we will all still have a chance to compete in the future when it is safe to do so. It’s also takes a little of the stress out of the situation knowing that we have at the very least an idea of when to expect the games instead of a question mark.  I don’t know at what extent it affects my plans going forward because at this time, none of us know the future, we don’t know how long until we find a cure, how long it will spread, when it will be safe again, etc. So I am focused on the present, staying positive and doing my part, and trying my best to stay as ready as I can for when sports are safe again.

Q: Finally, your thoughts on the WNBA season? Should it go on? What do you think the WNBA should do if you were the WNBA commissioner?

I believe Cathy and the league will make a decision when appropriate that prioritizes the health and wellness of everyone. We don’t know what the future holds, but I am sure they will monitor the situation closely and come to a conclusion soon. Being my optimistic self, I’d like to hope that the world quickly heals from this virus and the WNBA can proceed as scheduled, but the health and safety of everyone will always come first.

2020 WNBA Mock Draft Version 3.0

megan walker, connecticut, 2020 wnba draft

We are now in March and normally around this time, the NCAA Tournament would be kicking off. Unfortunately due to the corona virus spreading across the world, the tournament was cancelled. It was for good reasons, although I, like many others were crushed since the NCAA tourney brings so many good memories and great performances. It also allows seniors to raise their stock and for the WNBA general managers to see what certain players are made of.

It also makes junior Megan Walker’s decision to join the draft early somewhat intriguing because there is still no word on whether or not the WNBA season will be cancelled and how they will deal with the draft which is happening in less than a month

I debated on whether or not to publish this latest version of the WNBA Mock Draft, but I thought my subscribers deserved a treat since I am not releasing it on Twitter and Instagram, so if you are viewing this post, it means you are viewing my blog and for that, I appreciate it. If you would like to view past versions (Version 1.0 and Version 2.0) you may do so here for Version 1.0 and here for Version 2.0. Thanks for your continued support!

ROUND ONE

  1. New York  Liberty- Sabrina Ionescu
  2. Dallas Wings – Satou Sabally
  3. Indiana Fever – Chennedy Carter**
  4. Atlanta Dream – Lauren Cox
  5. Dallas Wings – Megan Walker
  6. Minnesota Lynx – Tyasha Harris
  7. Dallas Wings – Ruthy Hebard
  8. Chicago Sky – Beatrice Mompremier
  9. Dallas Wings – Kiah Gillespie
  10. Phoenix – Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
  11. Seattle Storm -Crystal Dangerfield
  12. Washington –  Bella Alarie

ROUND TWO

  1. New York Liberty – Te’a Cooper
  2. Indiana Fever – Joyner Holmes
  3. Dallas Wings – Kathleen Doyle
  4. Minnesota Lynx – Nicki Ekhomu
  5. Atlanta Dream – Kaila Charles
  6. Phoenix Mercury – Mikayla Pivec
  7. Seattle Storm – Nausia Woolfolk
  8. Los Angeles Sparks – Haley Gorecki
  9. Dallas Wings – Leaonna Odom
  10. Los Angeles Sparks – Japreece Dean
  11. Connecticut Sun – Stephanie Jones
  12. Washington Mystics – Jocelyn Willoughby

ROUND THREE

  1. Atlanta Dream – Sara Rhine
  2. New York Liberty – Ciara Duffy
  3. Atlanta Dream – Becca Hittner
  4. Indiana Fever – Taryn McCutcheon
  5. Phoenix Mercury – Ja’Tavia Tapley
  6. Chicago Sky – Reili Richardson
  7. Seattle Storm – Katie Campbell
  8. Chicago Sky – Kylee Shook
  9. Las Vegas Aces – Jazmine Jones
  10. Los Angeles – Nadia Fingall
  11. Connecticut – Jordan Danberry
  12. Washington – Juicy Landrum

2020 WNBA Mock Draft Version 2.0

Satou Sabally is a top 2 pick after she declared early for the 2020 WNBA Draft held in April.

It has been one month since the first version was published and much has changed in the world of women’s college basketball as well in the WNBA. WNBA Free Agency shook up a large majority of WNBA rosters and many draft picks were traded. I will have two more versions of this 2020 WNBA Mock Draft which will be released monthly. One in March which will be released sometime during the NCAA Tournament and the final WNBA Mock Draft which will come out one week before the WNBA Draft held in April.

Dallas has the most WNBA draft picks this year so they will have a lot of tough decisions to make moving forward. Some players have played their way into the 2020 WNBA Mock Draft such as Duke’s Haley Gorecki and Leaonna Odom. Some have played their way off this mock draft. Of the draft eligible juniors, I included just one this time as Satou Sabally has already declared for the draft and the other possible early junior (Aarion McDonald) may not declare early. Some players have moved up and down since the previous month due to the team’s needs changing as well as their play on the court.

For the potential draftees, making the roster for this year could prove to be very tough as spots are very limited due to all the new signings as well as contract extensions. Some teams may only carry 11 players. It may take some of these potential draftees two to three years to make the roster, if they still desire to play in the WNBA some day.

ROUND ONE

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – PG – Oregon  – New York Liberty

Another month, the top pick is still Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon. The New York Liberty need some good news after rumors of Tina Charles potentially moving on came to be during WNBA Free Agency. Sabrina Ionescu can provide that new spark. Most importantly, she can provide leadership and give the Liberty a possible new franchise corner stone. She recently became the first women or men’s college basketball player to reach 2000 points, 1000 assists and 1000 rebounds in their career and I don’t think she is done yet.

2.  Satou Sabally – SF – Oregon – Dallas Wings

Unofficially last month, I included Satou Sabally in my first version of the 2020 WNBA Mock Draft. I had her originally going fourth overall to the Atlanta Dream, but Sabally has been on a tear since then. Her declaring early had to do with some financial situation in her family but it still a great move because the Dallas Wings can now take her and help the Wings elevate their franchise a little bit after a lot of veterans left during WNBA Free Agency. She is just scratching the surface of her potential and between her and Cox, I think the Wings should lean towards Satou Sabally.

3. Lauren Cox – PF/C – Baylor – Indiana Fever

With the declaration of Satou Sabally declaring early, this opens up the spot for Indiana to grab Lauren Cox. Cox would normally be a top 2 pick in this draft, but she slides now down to the 3rd spot. The Fever could use her as a starter and help facilitate their offense as Cox is an excellent passer offensively. The Fever can do so much with what Lauren Cox brings to the table, that they should not pass on her if they are given the chance. She’s still a very good and talented player.

4.  Beatrice Mompremier – PF/C – Miami – Atlanta Dream

Last month, I had Satou Sabally as the #4 pick overall. In that past month, as I have stated before above, Sabally has increased her stock. Not only that, the next best available player is draft eligible junior Chennedy Carter. But the Atlanta Dream don’t need Carter anymore. They have acquired Courtney Williams in free agency and still have some talented guards on their roster. There is no space for Carter. However, there is still some space for fowards and centers and the best player available for that position is Beatrice Mompremier. She recently just got back to playing form as she was injured a large majority of the year. She will be in top shape come draft time and the Dream could use her off the bench to help develop her game slowly so she can get improve and get better.

5. Ruthy Hebard – PF – Oregon – Dallas Wings

Last month, this pick belonged to the Phoenix Mercury but it now belongs to the Dallas Wings. The Dallas Wings already had pick #2 and have already a loaded roster. Some are on training camp contracts and the Wings have talented guards already on their roster so putting Chennedy Carter on this team does not make any sense either. The Wings should take Ruthy Hebard with their fifth pick but she will be in tough competition to make the final roster as she will be in competition with four other power forwards/centers trying to make the team.

6. Chennedy Carter** – SG – Texas A&M – Minnesota Lynx

Chennedy Carter has not declared yet for the draft, but if she does, she now falls down two spots from last month. Not because of her talent, but because of the WNBA teams reshuffling their rosters during WNBA Free Agency. The Minnesota Lynx just recently acquired Rachel Banham from Connecticut in a sign and trade but Carter still play well on this team. She can help give Minnesota Lynx another star besides Napheesa Collier and Sylvia Fowles.

  • 7. Te’a Cooper – SG – Baylor – Dallas Wings
  • 8. Tyasha Harris – PG – South Carolina – Chicago Sky
  • 9. Kiah Gillespie – SF – Florida State – Dallas Wings
  • 10. Crystal Dangerfield – PG – Connecticut – Phoenix Mercury
  • 11. Kaila Charles – SG – Maryland – Seattle Storm
  • 12. Bella Alarie – SF – Princeton – Washington Mystics

ROUND TWO

  1. Kathleen Doyle – New York Liberty
  2. Jocelyn Willoughby – Minnesota Lynx
  3. Mikayla Pivec – Dallas Wings
  4. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – Indiana Fever
  5. Joyner Holmes – Atlanta Dream
  6. Haley Gorecki – Phoenix Mercury
  7. Nicki Ekhomu – Seattle Storm
  8. Sara Rhine – Los Angeles Sparks
  9. Becca Hittner – Dallas Wings
  10. Japreece Dean – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Stephanie Jones – Connecticut Sun
  12. Brittany Brewer – Washington Mystics

ROUND THREE

  1. Nausia Woolfolk – Atlanta Dream
  2. Ciara Duffy – New York Liberty
  3. Leaonna Odom – Atlanta Dream
  4. Taryn McCutcheon – Indiana Fever
  5. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Reili Richardson – Chicago Sky
  7. Katie Campbell – Seattle Storm
  8. Kylee Shook – Chicago Sky
  9. Jazmine Jones – Las Vegas Aces
  10. Nadia Fingall – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Jordan Danberry – Connecticut Sun
  12. Juicy Landrum – Washington Mystics

2020 WNBA Free Agency – Where will free agents sign?

ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY

*UPDATE: I have updated all the free agent signings with links to their official signings as the WNBA Free Agency period has been so hectic. As you will see below, I was very wrong about where more than half of the free agents would end up.*

WNBA Free Agency for the 2020 WNBA season finally opened up yesterday as it was delayed due to the new WNBA CBA agreement. This WNBA Free Agency season is a bit different compared to previous years because there are a lot more free agents that are big names and there could be potential shake ups among WNBA teams that could alter the 2020 WNBA season. Because of the delay, the WNBA Free Agents cannot officially sign until February 10th this year, so before that can happen, I thought I would make this post to make my best educated guess on where all of the WNBA Free Agents at every level would end up.

I used my own knowledge of the WNBA free agents from how they fared from last season plus the Olympic commitments as well as by looking at a variety of sources online that would not have been available in previous seasons. I used the official WNBA Free Agency guide for the list and I also looked at the W-Insidr’s Free Agency tracker to get a handle of where some free agents could be headed. I also looked at High Post Hoops WNBA Free Agency Tracker in which I used their salary cap numbers. Bullets Forever looked at the Washington Mystics’ WNBA Free Agency situation.  Yesterday, CBS Sports also released their WNBA Free Agency Tracker in where you can also keep track.

By using all those resources plus my own knowledge, I made this list. I know that, I could be very wrong on a number of free agents as WNBA Free Agency is more wide open this year but I did mention of why certain players may not end up on the same team due to salary cap and other implications. Last year, I also made my best guesses on where the 2019 WNBA Free Agents would end up. I was very clearly wrong about half of them.  But this year, I will update this list to reflect on all the signings when they happen, unlike last year.

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CORE PLAYERS

Tina Charles – She will re-sign with the New York Liberty as I don’t see her wanting to move anywhere else at this time.

Skylar Diggins-Smith – She will be signed and traded to another team as Skylar Diggins-Smith has made her intentions clear about moving to another team. Skylar Diggins-Smith is a big name, so I think alot of teams will be interested. It just depends on what Dallas can receive back that makes it easier to trade her. The three front runners (in my opinion) are Indiana, Minnesota and Los Angeles. | Well, I was very wrong on this front. It turns out Phoenix had a great presentation that turned out to be the game changer for Skylar Diggins as she signed in Phoenix. 

Brittney Griner – She will re-sign with the Phoenix Mercury. Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury seem happy with one another.  |This was probably one of the safest free agent predictions to make. Brittney Griner officially re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury.

RESERVED PLAYERS

Lindsay Allen (LVA) – Will be back with the Las Vegas Aces
Bridget Carleton (MIN) – Will have to wait for a contract.
Alaina Coates (ATL) – Will be back with the Atlanta Dream.
Anna Cruz (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx.
Temi Fagbenle (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx, may or may not come over due to the Olympics.
Reshanda Gray (NYL) – Will have to most likely wait for a contract.
Isabelle Harrison (DAL) –  I think she will be back with the Dallas Wings. | I was right. Isabelle Harrison re-signed with the Dallas Wings.
Natisha Hiedeman (CON) – Will be back with the Connecticut Sun. | Another expected return. Natisha Hiedeman re-signed with the Connecticut Sun.
Marine Johannes (NYL) – May or may not come over due to the Olympics. | Well, the update is that she is indeed playing as she re-signed with the New York Liberty.
Sonja Petrovic (now known as Sonja Vasic as she got married in the summer) (PHX) – May or may not come over due to the Olympics.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (NYL) – Will be re-signed by the New York Liberty
Angel Robinson (PHX) – Will have to wait for a contract
Marianna Tolo (LAS) – Will be back with the Los Angeles Sparks
Yvonne Turner (PHX) – Will be back with the Phoenix Mercury
Marta Xargay (PHX) – Will be back with the Phoenix Mercury
Cecilia Zandalasini (MIN) – Will be back with the Minnesota Lynx, may not come over due to the Olympics.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Rachel Banham (CON) – A team may give Rachel a better offer and I am not sure if the Connecticut Sun will match it. I think they might match it or there won’t be any other better offer and she will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun.
Liz Cambage (LVA) – Teams will offer Liz Cambage a great deal but the Las Vegas Aces will match that offer and re-sign Liz Cambage.
Kahleah Copper (CHI) – Kahleah Copper will re-sign with the Chicago Sky. | This came to be true as Kahleah Copper re-signed with the Chicago Sky.
Jamierra Faulkner (CHI) – Jamierra Faulkner may or may not get a better offer from other teams, but I am not sure whether or not the Sky will match it. It’s a 50/50 shot if Jamierra Faulkner will stay as a Chicago Sky player. | Jamierra Faulkner has stated she will not be playing for the Chicago Sky this summer. 
Chelsea Gray (LAS) – Some teams will offer Chelsea Gray a good deal but the Los Angeles Sparks will match it and she will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Bria Holmes (CON) – I can see another team possibly giving Bria Holmes a better offer, but I am not sure yet if Connecticut will match it. I think it’s a 50/50 shot if Bria Holmes stays with the Connecticut Sun. | Turns out, she will be staying with the Connecticut Sun as they re-signed her. 
Jonquel Jones (CON) – Jonquel Jones will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun because she is their best player and there is no way that the Sun will give her up. | Another easy prediction to make as the Connecticut Sun re-signed with Jones.
Betnijah Laney (IND) – She will be re-signed with the Indiana Fever. | This turned out to be true as the Fever did re-sign Laney.
Imani McGee-Stafford (DAL) – Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Imani McGee – Stafford was given a qualifying extended offer | This ended up to be true, as Dallas re-signed her to a training camp contract.
Tiffany Mitchell (IND) – A few teams will probably offer Tiffany Mitchell a good deal but the Indiana Fever will match it and she will be back with the Indiana Fever. | This turned out to be a true prediction as the Indiana Fever signed her to a multi year deal.
Astou Ndour (CHI) – Astou Ndour will be re-signed with the Chicago Sky. | I was wrong about this prediction too as Astou Ndour was signed and traded to the Dallas Wings.
Morgan Tuck (CON) – Morgan Tuck is an important player for the Sun last year but I think if another team gave her a better offer, I don’t see the Connecticut Sun matching it. I think she will go to another team if that happens. | As it turns out, it was half right. The Connecticut Sun did a sign and trade with the Seattle Storm and Tuck is now a Storm player. 
Courtney Williams (CON) – Courtney Williams is one of the Connecticut Sun’s best players so I don’t see the Sun letting her go away, so if a team does offer her a better deal, the Sun will match it and she will be re-signed with the Connecticut Sun. | This turned out to be completely false. Courtney Williams and the Connecticut Sun could not come up with a great contract for both sides and Williams eventually wanted to go to Atlanta and so the Dream signed her.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Kayla Alexander – Will have to wait and see if a team offers her a contract. I think Chicago will offer her a contract again, but it could be a while as Chicago has other concerns they need to take care of.

Seimone Augustus – Will re-sign with the Minnesota Lynx. I just don’t see her leaving the Lynx because she has been pretty loyal with the Lynx franchise since she was drafted. I think it could be a one or maybe two year deal as retirement possibly looms. | This was a shocking false prediction. Everyone thought Augustus would finish her career in Minnesota yet she chose differently and she signed with the Los Angeles Sparks for her final season.

Evgeniia Belyakova – I don’t see her coming over due to the Olympics so in my opinion, I don’t see her signing with a WNBA team this year.

Alex Bentley – Alex Bentley is a great free agent and a great player/scorer so any team will be lucky to have her. I just don’t know what team that will be yet.

Sue Bird – Sue Bird will re-sign with the Seattle Storm. In my opinion, I think it is just a one year deal because Sue Bird will turn 40 in October, and I just don’t see her playing past that age. She has also hinted at retirement when the new WNBA CBA was announced and she said that the younger players would benefit greatly from this new CBA. | The least shocking move ever has come true as Sue Bird re-signed with the Seattle Storm. 

DeWanna Bonner – DeWanna Bonner has been with Phoenix since she was drafted and although this is tough, I can see DeWanna Bonner leaving Phoenix IF she is given a better contract from another team than what Phoenix can offer her. | This was a tough decision but the Sun were able to make the sign and trade with Phoenix, making Dewanna Bonner a Sun player. 

Essence Carson – I think that the Phoenix Mercury will offer Essence Carson another contract. I think it will be for one year but it could be possible that another team gives her a better deal.

Layshia Clarendon – I can see Layshia Clarendon playing for another team this season as Connecticut may not look to re-sign her. | This turned out to be true as Layshia Clarendon signed with the New York Liberty.

Sydney Colson – Sydney Colson could be back with the Las Vegas Aces, maybe on a one to two year contract. | This turned out to be a false prediction as the Chicago Sky signed her.

Ana Dabovic – I don’t see Ana Dabovic coming over to the WNBA this year. I could be wrong but with the Olympics looming, she can just pass on the WNBA.

Blake Dietrick – I think Seattle will look to re-sign her but I don’t see them in a rush to do so. I think Blake Dietrick will have to wait for a contract. | She will not be on the Storm as the Atlanta Dream signed her to a contract.

Elena Delle Donne – Per Mike Thibault who was a guest on the W-Insidr podcast, Elena Delle Donne has a verbal agreement to come back to the Mystics. She can officially sign on February 10th. | I don’t think this was in ever in doubt but she re-signed with the defending WNBA champion Washington Mystics.

Stefanie Dolson – Stefanie Dolson will most likely join another team as Chicago has both Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot as unrestricted free agents and will need to throw a lot of money behind them which results in less money for Dolson. I think she ends up with another team if Chicago cannot offer what she is looking for. | Stefanie Dolson and the Chicago Sky seem content with one another as Dolson re-signed with the Chicago Sky.

Celine Dumerc – I don’t see Celine Dumerc coming over to the WNBA this year just like some other fellow Europeans due to the Olympics looming.

Megan Gustafson – Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Megan Gustafson was given a qualifying extended offer. | This was true as Megan Gustafson re-signed with the Dallas Wings. 

Bria Hartley – I think Bria Hartley will re-sign with the New York Liberty. It could be possibly just a short term deal, however. | This turned out to be a false prediction. Hartley signed with the Phoenix Mercury.

Glory Johnson –  Per Dorothy Gentry at the Athletic, Dallas will do everything it can to keep Glory Johnson as a member of the Wings. | Dallas missed out as Glory Johnson signed with the Atlanta Dream.

Sara Krnjic – Have never seen her play in the WNBA. Don’t see her coming this year either.
Camille Little – Camille Little has retired.

Sancho Lyttle – Sancho Lyttle has retired.

Brooke McCarty-Williams – Brooke McCarty – Williams will be with another team as she was not offered a contract per the Athletic’s Dorothy Gentry.

Angel McCoughtry – Angel McCoughtry is an interesting case. The Dream did not core Angel as they allowed her to test free agency for the first time in her career. Angel McCoughtry is a talented player. She will be looking to make the maximum amount allowed and some teams could offer it to her. There are a variety of teams that could do so for her services OR she could be back with the Atlanta Dream but on a smaller contract. However, that could be a long shot.

Emma Meesseman – Per Mike Thibault who was a guest on the W-Insidr podcast, Emma Meesseman will be back via a verbal agreement. She can officially sign on February 10th. | Emma Meeseman is back with the Washington Mystics, however it is only on a one year deal.

Kim Mestdagh – I don’t foresee her coming over to the WNBA this year but if she does, she will most likely re-sign with the Washington Mystics.
Carley Mijovic – I don’t see her coming to the WNBA.

Leilani Mitchell – I think she will re-sign with the Phoenix Mercury again, on a two year contract. | This turned out to be a false prediction. Leilani Mitchell signed with the Washington Mystics again.

Courtney Paris – Courtney Paris will re-sign with the Seattle Storm, maybe on a one to two year deal.

Epiphanny Prince – Epiphanny Prince will re-sign with the Las Vegas Aces after she played less than half a season for them last season. I think the Aces will offer her a one year deal. | This turned out to be a false prediction as the Seattle Storm signed her.

Allie Quigley – Allie Quigley is one of the Chicago Sky’s best players and I don’t see the Sky giving up on that. I think she will be re-signed by the Chicago Sky on a long term deal. | Another easy free agent prediction. Allie Quigley did in fact, re-sign with the Chicago Sky. 

Danielle Robinson – I think Danielle Robinson will be back with the Minnesota Lynx on a one to two year deal. | This turned out to be another false prediction as she signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

Sugar Rodgers – I think Sugar Rodgers will be back with the Las Vegas Aces. The Aces may offer her a three year contract. | This turned out to be a true prediction as she re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt – Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will re-sign with the Los Angeles Sparks, however there could be a chance that another team may offer her a better deal. | This turned out to be true as she re-signed with the Sparks.

Karlie Samuelson – She will have to wait for a contract. | She did not have to wait long. The Dallas Wings signed her to a training camp contract.

Shekinna Stricklen – Shekinna Stricklen will re-sign with the Connecticut Sun. I think it will be for a two year contract. | This turned out to be another false prediction as she signed with the Atlanta Dream.

Carolyn Swords – Carolyn Swords will be back with the Las Vegas Aces Aces. I think the Aces will offer her a two year deal. | This turned out to be half true. Carolyn Swords is back with the Las Vegas Aces but on the business side as she retired from the WNBA.

Kristi Toliver – Per Mike Thibault who was on the W-Insidr podcast, Kristi Toliver and the Mystics will come to an agreement about a contract. | That did not come true as Kristi Toliver went back to Los Angeles and signed with the Sparks. 

Tahlia Tupaea – I don’t see her in the WNBA this year.

Courtney Vandersloot – Courtney Vandersloot is the Chicago Sky’s best player. There is no way that Chicago lets her walk away without giving her the best offer. Courtney Vandersloot has made Chicago her home and I think both sides can work on a great deal to make each other happy. | Another easy prediction as the Chicago Sky re-signed her to a multi year contract. 

Tanisha Wright – Tanisha Wright has retired.

Isabelle Yacoubou – I don’t see her in the WNBA this year.

Tamera Young – Tamera Young will be re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces. I think the Aces will offer her a two year deal.

Shavonte Zellous – Shavonte Zellous will be re-signed with the Seattle Storm. The Storm will probably offer her a two to three year deal.

2020 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

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The 2020 WNBA season is on thanks to a new WNBA CBA. This means that it is time to start thinking about the upcoming season and free agency. This also means that the WNBA Draft is now three months away and it is now time to start preparing the WNBA Mock Drafts.

This 2020 WNBA Draft senior class is not as deep as last year’s senior class, therefore I added some possible juniors who could declare for this year’s draft in April. I will have three more versions of this mock draft which will be updated monthly. The final WNBA Mock Draft will be posted about a week or some days before the actual WNBA Draft takes place.

I have also included several WNBA Mock Drafts other outlets have posted so that if you haven’t read them yet or want to compare the mock drafts you may do so.

ROUND ONE

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – PG – Oregon – New York Liberty

The New York Liberty are entering into a new phase of rebuilding with a new ownership group and a new coach. What better way for the Liberty to start fresh with a #1 pick and select the best player from this class. Sabrina Ionescu has turned heads in women’s college basketball and will look to help the Liberty in May. Sabrina Ionescu is a smart player and she is a leader when she is on the floor.

2. Lauren Cox – F/C – Baylor – Dallas Wings

Lauren Cox is a steady forward who was instrumental in Baylor’s run to the championship last season and will look to help the Baylor Lady Bears defend their title come March/April. Lauren Cox can shoot from three, she can defend inside and she does not need to play a ton of minutes for the Dallas Wings. She can help the Wings with her interior defence and passing ability. Not only that, she’s a local player. That always helps with ticket sales!

3. Chennedy Carter** – PG/SG – Texas A&M – Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever are also trying to rebuild and Chennedy Carter (one of the first possible early junior players) can help immediately. Her game is meant for the pro level. She can shoot, she can score and she can provide the Indiana Fever with some highlight reels. More than that, she can help invigorate the Fever and bring them back to prominence.

4. Satou Sabally** – SF/PF – Oregon – Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream did not have a great season last year and will look to rebound again this season and could use some help on their front line. Satou Sabally (the second junior player who could possibly declare early) can give the Atlanta Dream size, shooting ability as well as the ability to switch onto defenders. She is a versatile small forward who gets better every year.

5. Te’a Cooper – SG – Baylor – Phoenix Mercury

Te’a Cooper has risen quite a bit and has proved herself with Baylor so far this year. She’s shown an ability to score and provide a bit of leadership as well. She can help the Phoenix Mercury’s bench and provide them a lift when the starters need a break.

  • 6. Beatrice Mompremier – Miami – Minnesota Lynx
  • 7. Aari McDonald** – Arizona – Seattle Storm
  • 8. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon –  Chicago Sky
  • 9. Tynice Martin – West Virginia – Dallas Wings
  • 10. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut – Connecticut Sun
  • 11. Joyner Holmes – Texas – Connecticut Sun
  • 12.  Bella Alarie – Princeton –  Washington Mystics

ROUND TWO

  1. Mikayla Pivec – Atlanta Dream
  2. Kathleen Doyle – Minnesota Lynx
  3. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – Dallas Wings
  4. Kaila Charles – Indiana Fever
  5. Tyasha Harris – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Ae’Rianna Harris – Phoenix Mercury
  7. Nausia Woolfolk – Seattle Storm
  8. Sara Rhine – Los Angeles Sparks
  9. Becca Hittner – Dallas Wings
  10. Japreece Dean – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Kiah Gillespie – Connecticut Sun
  12. Taryn McCutcheon – Washington Mystics

ROUND THREE

  1. Jordan Danberry – Atlanta Dream
  2. Ciara Duffy – New York Liberty
  3. Kylee Shook – Atlanta Dream
  4. Nicki Ekhomu – Indiana Fever
  5. Ja’Tavia Tapley – Phoenix Mercury
  6. Katie Campbell – Chicago Sky
  7. Kat Tudor – Seattle Storm
  8. Stephanie Jones – Chicago Sky
  9. Jazmine Jones – Las Vegas Aces
  10. Nadia Fingall – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Dominique Oden – Connecticut Sun
  12. Brittany Brewer – Washington Mystics