As the countdown to the WNBA draft for Thursday 2021(7pm ET, ESPN / ESPN App) continues, the biggest question isn’t focused on players who might have been picked ahead of Charli Collier. The Texas junior remains the No. 1 choice.
But with Wings trading a seventh option to Los Angeles Sparks ahead of Wednesday’s trade deadline, we now wonder: Which player is Sparks’ target for that selection? Dallas still had four selections out of the first 13, but Sparks now have two in the first round.
Could Los Angeles be a local college star in UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere? If pointguard Aari McDonald and Dana Evans are in the top six and Onyenwere remains, she could be Sparks’ choice at No. 7, Los Angeles coach / general manager Derek Fisher said he needs a candidate. Play and a variety of defenders.Players such as Onyenwere and DiJonai Carrington can also put in that money.
When the league announced its schedule on Tuesday, the 2021 picture of the season remains a major focus. It will be very difficult for Thursday’s many draft picks to build the WNBA roster, but we will soon find out which players might get the best opportunities and where.
1.Dallas Wings: Charli Collier, C, Texas
Collier finished the season with an average of 19.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1% off the field.With Dallas wanting more strength in the interior, Collier suited the bill. As a draft-qualified junior, she was able to stay in another season in Texas. But with the opportunity to go up to number 1, she goes to the pro level. There will be a lot to learn and improve. But, as she told ESPN’s Dave Wilson, “I have shown my whole life that I can compete with the best.”
2.Dallas Wings: Awak Kuier, PF, Finland
Like Collier, Kuier is 6ft 5 with the ability to score goals in a number of ways and has grown from her game modeling after two WNBA MVP Candace Parker.Kuier was just 19 years old, so she has. Her charisma Currently playing career with Ragusa in Italy, she knows she has to get stronger for WNBA, as Kuier told The Undefeated’s Sean Hurd, “I like players who like to play hard on me, I know it will help me in the future.”
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3. Atlanta Dream: Arella Guirantes, SG, Rutgers
Guirantes is known for her goal scoring abilities. But she’s a well-rounded player who should be able to step in quickly and make an impact. She finished the senior season with an average of 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists.The Dream had a number of offensive threats, including last year’s fourth-placed Chennedy Carter, but another goaltender in defense. Taxes can be a great addition to Atlanta.
4. Indiana Fever: Rennia Davis, SF, Tennessee
Fever continues to muster what kind of team they will be in coach Marianne Stanley’s second season, but it looks like bringing Davis 6ft 2, a multi-dimensional goal scorer and a good defender, may benefit Fever. She finished senior season with an average of 17.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, but she scored only 26% behind the arc, something she would have to improve.
5.Dallas Wings: Aari McDonald, PG, Arizona
Does Dallas opt for a point card here, and if so, which one? McDonald’s finished his senior season with an average of 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists with appearances in the National Championship game. McDonald’s defense is great. But how can she show her displeasure without the ball? If Dallas felt her speed, defense and attitude on the shoulders she played with were strong enough that she favored the wings, might have picked her.
6. New York Liberty: Dana Evans, PG, Louisville
The Liberty picked Sabrina Ionescu with his first pick last season. But they were able to prevent another spot this year. If Evans is still available, she may join three other Louisville players on the New York roster. Evans averaged 20.1 points and 3.9 assists this season, and she finished strong in the NCAA tournament with 29 points from a lovely 16 wins over Oregon and 24 in Lost Elite Eight to Stanford.
7. Los Angeles Sparks: Michaela Onyenwere, SF, UCLA
Onyenwere will have to improve her defensive skills in the WNBA, but she is well aware of it and does her best. That includes her 3-point shootout, Onyenwere, a 6-foot taller, averaging 19.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior, not necessarily a good fit for the WNBA-out-of-college position. But it might not matter: She has great mechanics, can protect a wide variety of players and is likely to make things happen on the field. If she’s still free, she might be the reason Sparks trade on Wednesday.
8. Chicago Sky: Kiana Williams, PG, Stanford
If there’s one thing that seems almost certain in this draft, it’s that Chicago is interested in becoming a backup defender to show Courtney Vandersloot Williams might be the answer. She took the NCAA title with Stanford, leading in scoring (14.0 PPG), assists (3.1 per game) and minutes played (32.3 per game). She finished with a 3-pointer, 311, the best program. In her college career
9. Minnesota Lynx: Jasmine Walker, PF, Alabama
If both Walker and Chelsea Dungee are still available here, Lynx might go with Walker size (6-3) and excellent firepower from 3-point range.She’s averaged 19.1 PPG and 9.4 RPGs this season, and she. At 78 out of 196 from behind the arc (39.8%), Lynx has stable players and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says they are looking to the future with this option. Walker is probably the type of player Reeve sees as a great improvement in her system.
10. Los Angeles Sparks: Chelsea Dungee, SG, Arkansas
Dungee is a great goal scorer and she plays fast, which Sparks wants.Admittedly, she hasn’t shown much in the game or rebounds (she has 41 assists, 70 Turnover and mean 3.9 RPG as a senior), but that’s probably due to the Razorbacks’ style of play and personnel, but we know what Dungee can bring: her 22.3 PPG this season shows. That she could be a real threat in a professional open space.
11.Seattle Storm: DiJonai Carrington, SG, Baylor
The Carrington averaged 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Baylor and played well in the NCAA tournament, the Storm lost defensive-harden Alysha Clark to free agency Carrington 5 feet. 11, who often served as a defender for Baylor last season could help fill that gap for the champions while bringing in a scoring punch.
12.Las Vegas Aces: Natasha Mack, PF, Oklahoma
It’s not fair to compare rookie to Natasha Howard, a key part of Seattle’s past two championships, now with New York. But sometimes the Mac has properties similar to Howard. Mack is only slightly taller at 6ft 4 and with her long wings, she leads Division 1 in blocking shots (112,4.0 per game) this season.She has averaged 19.8 points and rebounds. 12.4 As a senior, and her defensive prowess can fit her well into Las Vegas.
13.Dallas Wings: Iliana Rupert, C, France
14.Las Vegas Aces: Destiny Slocum, PG, Arkansas
15.Atlanta Dream: Unique Thompson, PF, Auburn
16. Chicago Sky: Lindsey Pulliam, SG, Northwestern
17.New York Liberty: Janelle Bailey, C, North Carolina
18.Seattle Storm: Shyla Heal, PG, Australia
19.Indiana Fever: Chelsey Perry, PF, UT Martin
20. Connecticut Sun: Stephanie Watts, SG, North Carolina
21. Connecticut Sun: Ivana Raca, SF, Wake Forest
22.Los Angeles Sparks: DiDi Richards, PG, Baylor
23.Seattle Storm: Raquel Carrera, PF, Spain
24.Indiana Fever: Ciera Johnson, C, Texas A&M
25.New York Liberty: Aleah Goodman, SG, Oregon State
26.Indiana Fever: Selena Lott, PG, Marquette
27. Atlanta Dream: Tiana Mangakahia, PG, Syracuse
28.Los Angeles Sparks: Aaliyah Wilson, SG, Texas A&M
29.New York Liberty: Kysre Gondrezick, PG, West Virginia
30. Connecticut Sun: Jenn Wirth, PF, Gonzaga
31.Indiana Fever: N’dea Jones, PF, Texas A&M
32.Phoenix Mercury: Natalie Kucowski, PF, Lafayette
33.Indiana Fever: Valerie Higgins, SF, Pacific
34.Los Angeles Sparks: Sierra Campisano, PF, Cal Poly
35.Seattle Storm: Trinity Baptiste, SF, Arizona
36.Las Vegas Aces: Micaela Kelly, PG, Central Michigan