Roster Review: Sugar Rodgers
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Editor’s Note: Every Tuesday, Kyle Ratke will be reviewing a member of the Minnesota Lynx. We will review the player’s best games, offseason plans and more. On Thursday, there will be a photo gallery to match the week’s featured player.
Sugar Rodgers, G
Years Pro: R
After Rodgers was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the No. 14 pick in the 2013 Draft, things didn’t exactly go to plan. She started Training Camp with an injured groin and wasn’t able to show the coaching staff and her teammates what she was capable of.
In fact, Rodgers barely made the team, but by the end of the season, both sides were happy that she did.
The guard went through ups and downs throughout the season, like any rookie does. Rodgers, though, showed flashes of what could make her a special player for the Lynx down the road. The former Georgetown star came into the league known for her offense, but the transition for her offensively didn’t come easy. The game was faster than college. She couldn’t create the space she used to. And she wasn’t getting enough shots to find her groove.
How did she help the Lynx then?
By working her tail off, diving for balls and putting her effort at 110 percent. Rodgers became a big part of the rotation after Seimone Augustus was injured with an ankle injury. While her shooting wasn’t great, her energy was beneficial for the Lynx off the bench.
Heading into the 2014 season, the Lynx will look for Rodgers to bring that same intensity with hopes that it will transfer to the offensive side of the ball. Playing overseas should help with not only her confidence, but help work on her fundamentals offensively. While at Georgetown, she pretty much was her team’s offense. As Lynx fans know, Minnesota has plenty of options on the offensive end. Rodgers will have to find her role. That could very well be a 3-point specialist. Just something to look for.
Regular Season Stats:
28 games, 7.6 minutes per game, 1.9 points per game, 0.5 assists per game, 1.4 rebounds per game, 31.6 FG %, 31.3-point %, 57.1 FT %
5 games, 2.2 minutes per game, 0.6 points per game, 0.2 rebounds per game, 25 FG %, 50 FT %
In an 87-71 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 19, Rodgers played 18 minutes. It marked the fifth time in six games that she played 15 or more minutes. She ended the night with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. What was most impressive, though, was that Rodgers was 3-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Rodgers is playing with Hapoel Rishon Lezion (Israel) and in four games, is averaging 19.8 points, seven rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.75 steals per contest. She’s shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 28.1 percent from the 3-point line and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. She’s playing 39.4 minutes per game, which is more than any other Lynx player this offseason. Rodgers last played on Monday. Her team lost 77-74, but Rodgers scored 24 points (7-16 FG, 2-8 3FG, 7-8 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
They Said It:
"She has a feistiness to her, that's endearing, on the defensive side of it she's getting us possessions. Making hustle plays, we'd like her offensive game to couple with that, but she'll get there. The more they (rookies) play, the more comfortable they will get." – Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve on the effort level of Sugar Rodgers throughout the season.
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