The WNBA draft is in the books, it was a lot of surprises, but it still was a pretty good draft. A lot of teams did well, with a few players slipping into the second round of the draft. I am going take a look at the three teams i feel did well.
New York Liberty
The New York Liberty came into the draft with five picks. They were able to add a lot of those picks because of the Tina Charles trade. With the first pick of the draft, the New York Liberty selected Sabrina Ionescu, as we all expected.
Ionescu can do it all; she is a brilliant passer, can shoot the three, and knows how to run an offense. Also, Ionescu is a fierce competitor, and she will help lead the New York Liberty to turn their franchise around.
With the 9th, 12th, 13th, and 15th picks in the draft, New York landed Megan Walker, Jazmine Jones, Kylee Shook, and Leaonna Odom. Walker was the best shooter in the draft, and she will provide spacing for Ionescu. Walker shot 45 percent from three at UCONN this season.
Jones and Shook were both teammates at Louisville. Jones provides size, good defender, and range. Odom is another athletic wing who can put the ball off the floor and score. Before the draft was over, the Liberty made a trade with the Mercury to acquire Jocelyn Willoughby, who was drafted with the 10th overall pick. New York gave up the rights to Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in the deal. Willoughby is an elite defender; she can guard positions 1-4.
The Liberty did great in the draft, picking up Ionescu to lead the franchise and also added athletic wings. New York has a lot of depth on their roster, and it gives them leverage to make trades down the road.
The Dallas Wings had four picks in the draft; they started by drafting Satou Sabally with the 2nd pick of the draft. Sabally is a good athlete who can shoot three and put the ball on the ground to get to the basket. Also, she is a willing rebounder and can bang down in the post.
With the fifth pick, the Wings took Bella Alarie, it was kind of surprising pick, but she can play. Alarie is a versatile forward, who can space the floor and has a high basketball IQ to create shots for her teammates.
Tyasha Harris was drafted with the 7th pick, and she is a floor general point guard that the Wings need. With their last pick of the draft, the Wings picked Luisa Geiselsoder, a center from Germany. Overall the Wings had a good night and are headed in the right direction.
The Atlanta Dream selected Chennedy Carter with the 4th pick of the draft. Carter can play point and off guard positions; she is a very aggressive point guard that likes to attack the paint. Carter averaged 21 points per game this season. It will be interesting to see how Carter and Courtney Williams mesh.
Later in the draft, Atlanta also drafted Brittany Brewer and Mikayla Pivec. Brewer has some post skills and can shoot a little bit from the outside. But must improve her three-point shot to be more consistent. Brewer is an impressive rebounder and can block shots. She averaged 2.3 blocks per game this season.
Pivec is a shooting guard that can pass and rebound, her willingness to share the ball could go a long way in the WNBA. On the WNBA level, she will need to improve and take more three-point shots to be a more all-around player. To round out the rest of their draft, the Dream took Kobi Thornton out of Clemson.