Minnesota Lynx

2010 Finish
13-21, 5th in Western Conference.

Returning Players
  • Seimone Augustus, F
  • Jessica Adair, C (Signed on April 1)
  • Rebekkah Brunson, F
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin, C (Signed as FA)
  • Quanitra Hollingsworth, C
  • Alexis Hornbuckle, G
  • Charde Houston, F
  • Hamchétou Maïga-Ba, F
  • Rashanda McCants, F
  • Lindsay Whalen, G
  • Candice Wiggins, G
  • Monica Wright, G
  • Departures
    Free Agents
  • Nicky Anosike, C (Traded to WAS)
  • Kristen Mann, F (UFA)
  • Needs

  • Perimeter Scoring
  • Defense
  • Overview
    Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve admits she is receiving calls and offers for one or more of her five 2011 WNBA Draft picks, but she’s made it very clear by now that she intends to use the highly-coveted No. 1 slot.

    Starting on Nov. 2, the day the draft lottery results were announced, Reeve has fielded countless questions from the media with regards to how she expects to use that No. 1 pick. Fans can draw their own conclusions, writers can do the same. Many from both sides have already cemented UConn standout Maya Moore as the first overall pick, but mum remains the word in Minnesota.

    Last year, the Lynx selected second and third in the first round, taking Monica Wright and Kelsey Griffin, respectively. A draft-day offer from Connecticut for Griffin provided the Lynx with another pick for this season, which ultimately counts for the fourth pick in addition to the aforementioned lottery-winning first overall.

    Although the Lynx find themselves in the same wheelhouse as last season with two of the top four picks, nothing beats having first overall. As for pick number four, 13, 14 and 26, Reeve may consider dealing them if the price is right. For the time being, she’s building a demand.

    “The nearer we get, there’s a lot of jockeying for position as teams begin to identify exactly who they want and where they project them to go,” she said. “So I anticipate the value of those picks to be pretty high in the weeks to come.”

    Injuries were the big story for the Lynx in 2010, as the team started the year off without the likes of Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins. However, as the season wore on, additional injuries cropped up, including a season-ending injury to Wiggins only a few short games after her return. Even though Augustus was back in action on June 10, in-season conditioning remained a factor throughout.

    “I think had we been healthy last year we could have been on our way to establishing ourselves as a quality playoff team. When I came here, I certainly was not looking at a rebuild. This was a win-now situation, and we certainly find ourselves in that position again this season and we’re hoping for a healthy group.”

    Reeve is confident the Lynx’s luck is about to change in 2011. Whether that’s with the lottery win back in November or the No. 1 pick in April, she offers her own theory behind it all.

    The luck traces back to a home game against the Sparks on Thursday, August 12, 2010. A win wouldn’t guarantee a playoff berth, but it would dramatically increase the chances (especially since Minnesota missed a playoff spot in a tie with L.A. for fourth in the West).

    Down 76-75 with 1.1 seconds to go, Lindsay Whalen has two shots at the free-throw line. She nails them both, putting the Lynx up 77-76. On the ensuing play, Ticha Penicheiro inbounds a pass to Tina Thompson, who puts up a shot jump as time expires and…game over for the Lynx.

    It may seem like a bad-luck break for Minny, but Reeve has a positive way of looking at it.

    “I talk about the 1.1 seconds in 2010,” said Reeve, “and it should allow for us to experience a lot of success in 2011. We had to go through that to get to this, it was painful, but that is the silver lining in all of it.”

    1.1 Seconds in 2010. No. 1 pick in 2011.

    Silver lining or not, it appears the numbers are starting to work in Minnesota’s favor.

    -- Frank Della Femina, WNBA.com

    (Follow Frank's Twitter Updates on Draft Day)

    2011 Selections

  • No. 1 (R1)
  • No. 4 (R1)
  • No. 13 (R2)
  • No. 14 (R2)
  • No. 26 (R3)
  • Recent Draft History

    2010 20092008
    2. Monica Wright4. Renee Montgomery3. Candice Wiggins
    3. Kelsey Griffin9. Quanitra Hollingsworth16. Nicky Anosike
    26. Gabriela Marginean15. Rashanda McCants 30. Charde Houston
    30. Emily Fox