Detroit Shock

2008 Finish
22-12, 1st in Eastern Conference. WNBA champions.



Returning Players

  • Kara Braxton, C-F
  • Cheryl Ford, F
  • Alexis Hornbuckle, G
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin, F-C
  • Deanna Nolan, G-F
  • Plenette Pierson, F-C
  • Olayinka Sanni, C
  • Ashley Shields, G
  • Katie Smith, F

    Free Agents

  • Elaine Powell, G (UFA)
  • Sheri Sam, G-F (UFA)
  • Kelly Schumacher, C (UFA)


  • Youth
  • Backup point guard

    Make no mistake: the Shock are loaded. On the heels of its third title in franchise history, Detroit is teeming with talent, experience, balance and superb coaching. Last year's midseason acquisition of Taj McWilliams-Franklin vaulted them to the 2008 WNBA Finals, which they won by sweeping the San Antonio Silver Stars. All the key parts are back for another go in 2009 and that includes rebounding machine Cheryl Ford, who watched Detroit's domination of San Antonio from the sidelines because of a season-ending injury suffered in July. The Shock will likely enter 2009 as favorites to repeat as champions, which means there aren't too many holes to fill. That said, a team with aging veterans could always stand to get younger and more athletic (it helped last year with Alexis Hornbuckle), and it would nice if the Shock could find someone to relieve some of Katie Smith's point guard duties so she could play off the ball a little more.

    2009 Selections

  • No. 11 (R1)
  • No. 37 (R3)

    Recent Draft History
    4. Alexis Hornbuckle11. Ivory Latta17. Ambrosia Anderson
    11. Tasha Humphrey35. Zane Teilane
    18. Olayinka Sanni
    28. Natasha Lacy
    42. Valeriya Berezhynska