23-11, 1st in Western Conference, WNBA Champions
Unless they trade for a higher pick, the Phoenix Mercury likely won't get much out of this draft, which is to be somewhat expected from a defending champion. Being without a first-round selection, the Mercury don't draft until No. 24, and with WNBA roster spots at a premium, it'll be very difficult for whomever they take at that spot to make a such a talented team. But the Mercury's roster is anything but a carry-over from last year's title-winning team. Of course, the big news is that perennial MVP candidate Cappie Pondexter has been traded to New York in a three-team deal that saw Phoenix acquire All-Star Candice Dupree from Chicago. The addition of a low-post talent Dupree should soften the blow of losing a player of Pondexter's caliber, especially since power forward Le'coe Willingham signed with Seattle in the offseason. But the Mercury have also failed to re-sign point guard Temeka Johnson or forward Penny Taylor. The aforementioned players were vital parts of the team that helped the franchise capture its second WNBA title last year, and not returning just one of them would make winning a third title that much tougher, especially with a scorer like Pondexter headed East. But if you're looking at who Phoenix should go after in this draft if it stands pat with its late picks, Corey Gaines' system could never have enough lightning-quick guards and three-point shooters, so don't be surprised if they take a flier on either.
Recent Draft History
|5. DeWanna Bonner||13. LaToya Pringle||1. Lindsey Harding|
|31. Sha Brooks||25. Leilani Mitchell||18. Tyresa Smith|
|34. Jessica Adair||41. Marscilla Packer||28. Leah Rush|
|37. Emily Westerberg|