2008 in Review: Kimberly Beck
Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | November 11, 2008
When the Seattle Storm selected George Washington guard Kimberly Beck in the third round of the WNBA Draft, the odds were against her. No third-round pick had made the Storm's roster since Takeisha Lewis in 2002. However, Beck beat out second-round pick Allie Quigley and multiple veterans to make the team on the strength of a solid training camp.
As the only true point guard on the Storm's roster besides starter Sue Bird, Beck split backup minutes with Tanisha Wright over the first half of the season. She saw action in each of the Storm's first 15 games, though never more than nine minutes in a contest. In the limited role, Beck did an excellent job of taking care of the ball, committing just three turnovers in 53 minutes of action.
Midway through the season, Beck fell victim to the Storm's need to retain salary-cap flexibility. The Storm waived her on June 28, just before her contract would have become guaranteed for the remainder of the year. Beck returned home, watching the Storm play in Atlanta late in early September. A little over a week later, she would be back with the Storm, signing a contract for the remainder of the season when the team had enough room under the cap to add a player.
"When I got waived, Ashley (Robinson) and Shyra (Ely) told me to stay ready, because you could get that call one day," Beck said. "I'm so excited to be here, to come back. Definitely no hard feelings. I understand everything."
The final two games of the regular season gave Beck her most extensive playing time as the Storm rested Bird and other starters. She played 16 turnover-free minutes against the Dream as the Storm won its home finale, scoring two points. Two days later in Los Angeles, Beck recorded career highs in virtually every statistical category, posting seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a strong 24-minute effort.
"It was fun," she remarked afterwards. "You practice every day and it's hard not to get the minutes. We understand it. The five players that don't really get to play, I think we stepped up pretty well. Everybody wants to be on the floor, so it was definitely a great experience."
Beck was active for the Storm's postseason matchup with the Sparks, seeing brief action in Games 1 and 2.
Over the course of her rookie season, Beck demonstrated sure-handed ballhandling and heady play at the point. Her long-distance shooting was also a pleasant surprise. All four of Beck's field goals were threes, which she hit at a 44.4 percent clip. With a year of WNBA experience under her belt, Beck figures to take a step forward in her development in her second season. Her knowledge of the Storm's system makes Beck a factor to back up Bird next season, though Head Coach Brian Agler left open the possibility of adding a veteran free agent at the point.
"Because of Kim being here for a year, she could be a candidate for that," Agler said at season's end, "but there's other people out there too."
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