16-18, 6th in the Eastern Conference.
It’s a good thing the Sun are in the market for a center because there’s a pretty good one available at the top of the draft board. Connecticut holds the premier pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, a selection they nabbed from the Minnesota Lynx, who received it in a deal last season with the New York Liberty. If recent history has its way, they should be getting a bonafide star. Look at the No. 1 picks from the last two seasons: 2009 - Angel McCoughtry (Rookie of the Year) and 2008 - Candace Parker (Rookie of the Year, MVP).
Many believe WNBA President Donna Orender will announce UConn’s Tina Charles’ name when the event kicks off on April 8. Charles would be the ideal choice for the Sun, not only for her talent but because she went to a school just 30 miles away. The addition of a dominant center could create one of the league’s top frontcourts by shifting Sandrine Gruda to the power forward spot and Asjha Jones to the three.
Connecticut also has a need for a shooter from behind the arc. Last year’s squad shot just 31.6 percent from downtown, the third worst figure among all WNBA teams. With the third pick in the second round, the Sun should be able to fill that void with a potential sharpshooter. If this person also happens to be someone who can dish the ball out, it would be a bonus as the Sun lost Lindsay Whalen, who finished fifth in the league in assists (4.6 apg) last season, in a deal with the Minnesota Lynx.
Recent Draft History
|10. Chante Black||9. Amber Holt||12. Kamesha Hairston|
|17. Lyndra Littles||12. Ketia Swanier||13. Sandrine Gruda|
|36. Alba Torrens||23. Jolene Anderson||26. Cori Chambers|
|37. Lauren Ervin||39. Kiera Hardy|