SEE WHAT YOU WOULD DO WITH THE TOP PICK IN THE DRAFT
Fan Forum Responses: You Picked for the Storm
Well, you sure let us know what you thought! Here are a selection of the best answers, including which players you felt should be chosen, what trades should be made and more!
Of the hundreds of scenarios we received, we broke down the majority of your responses for the Storm's top pick into these categories:
Richard, Springfield, IL
Gee, which UConn lady would best complement and expand Lauren and the Storm's abilities to penetrate and score or rebound
offensively and defensively?
I'm a lawyer as well as a WNBA fan, and we have a saying in the law: res ipsa loquitur, meaning "the thing speaks for itself." In
other words, it needs no explanation. That's how I feel about this year's number one pick ... Sue Bird: res ipsa loquitur.
Personally, I don't think there's anyone on the planet who is better able to make a choice than Lin Dunn. That said, however, I
will offer my humble $.02: pound for pound, Sue Bird is the best player (at any position) in the draft -- she is consistent, intelligent, able
to shoot the 3 (and spread the floor), strong, experienced in high-pressure situations, able to defend and unselfish (smart) enough to
mix well with your veterans. I just wish the Liberty had the first pick!! :-)
I'd pick the best player in the draft, Sue Bird. She's an outstanding player and floor leader ... as intelligent and unselfish as they come. She's a coach's dream come true. She's also incredibly humble and gracious ... a marketing coup as well.
Dunn done good if she gets Sue.
If I were Coach Dunn, I would be feeling I'm the luckiest person alive. I can say I picked up two EXCELLENT players last year in
Lauren Jackson and Semeka Randall, and now I have another opportunity to build the future of this team. I would be looking at Sue Bird. With all the awards she's won it's not hard to say she is the best college
player. More importantly, I would be looking at her stats -- incredible.
She's one of the best, ranking on so many of UConn's ladders for 3-pt
shooting, steals, assists and the list goes on. One look at her win-loss
record, 136-9 (93.8 %), and you can see that she's been a part of
the best for a long time! That is why I would make her a part of my
DO NOT trade the #1 pick. Go to Sue Bird, go directly to Sue Bird. Coach Dunn said it herself in her profiles of the top picks,
"The best true point guard in the draft." Looking at the Storm roster, she's a natural pick. Bird also has the leadership that Seattle
needs. She plays well beyond her years and she will be a HUGE asset to this team.
Sue Bird, without a doubt. She would be a perfect addition to
the team, giving Lauren Jackson a true point guard to feed the ball to
the post. She can score, rebound and control a game with the best of
them, and coming from Connecticut, she obviously knows how to win. She
will produce from the get-go, and will only get better, soon becoming the
best point guard in the league. A hands-down choice that will reap
Sue Bird. Seattle needs some excitement -- not to mention a point guard. We need
a recognizable "winner," a personality to sell the WNBA to the people of Seattle.
SUE BIRD. It's a no brainer. She is a leader and a winner and I would
travel to Seattle to watch her play. I can honestly say no other player
stikes me that way other than BIRD. Best of luck.
SUE BIRD - SUE BIRD - SUE BIRD - SUE BIRD
How could you not pick Sue Bird? We'll hate to see her go
3000 miles away but she'll do well wherever she goes.
I would definitely have to say that Sue Bird will offer the
best contribution to the team. The Storm has good size in the inside.
Many defenses double or triple on Lauren. Adding Sue to the backcourt
will get some open looks in the inside. I could see Sue and Semeka
running a fast, uptempo game or Sue and Lauren kicking the ball inside and
out for some great halfcourt play.
I am a UCONN season ticket holder and have had the pleasure
of watching the four UCONN recruits for the past four years. If I were
Lin Dunn, my No. 1 pick would be Sue Bird. I don't mean to be greedy,
but I would also hope (although highly unlikely) that Tamika (Williams)
was around for pick No. 3 of the second round! She will excel in
Quit teasing all of us already and just say you're going to
pick Sue Bird. What a deadly combo -- Lauren Jackson, Semeka Randall and
Sue Bird. That's my dream team. Heck, I may even venture to rainy
Seattle to see a couple of those games ...
Sue Bird. Seattle needs this caliber of guard. I'd like to
see Swin Cash go to Portland (I know that you didn't ask that question,
but as long as I'm given the opportunity to offer my opinion ...). Adding these two top players would keep the Seattle/Portland rivalry hot!
They'd be nuts not to grab Sue Bird. Any team with first
pick who doesn't take Sue, doesn't deserve to have a first pick.
It seems to me that it would be in the best interest of the
Storm to trade its first pick in exchange for some veterans. I believe
that this decision will be effective in the long run, if the Storm
wants to be in contention for a WNBA championship down the road.
David, Aloha, OR
Get Crystal Robinson from the Liberty with our #1 pick. I've loved her game and it's perfect for us -- she hits the 3, which we
need badly, can pass and defend. Given how much Sue Bird is probably
worth to the Liberty you can probably get Becky Hammon in the deal also and could possibly start them both (Hammon at the 2, Crystal at the 3),
although you might have to sacrifice a post player. But that's the
beauty of it: they have what we need (outside shooting wings) and we have
what they need -- a surplus of post players to choose from and Sue
Bird. I've seen fans of both teams talk about a deal like this on the
I would trade the pick to Portland for their first-round pick
(5th overall pick), 25 umbrellas and a case of Vegemite. It would be a
win/win situation. Go Fire!!!
bootie22, Houston, TX
Coach Dunn should draft Sue Bird and trade her for two of the
best veteran players she can get because even though the Storm have
some great players, they seem to need someone that will step up and lead
the team. They finished the season with a 10-22 record and Lauren Jackson
is the only player averaging double figure points for the team so this
tells me that Lauren needs some help with scoring. There are some
fantastic players that have just come out of college, but most of them will
need time to adjust to the play of the WNBA. These players will be great
for the future of the WNBA, but most won't have an immediate impact. The
Storm seem to need a couple of players that will help them to reach the
playoffs this year and to be able to compete with the other teams in
the league. Best of luck in the draft, Coach Dunn!
John, Kalamazoo, MI
I think Seattle should trade it's first pick to Portland for
Sophia Witherspoon (provides leadership and scoring), Portland's third
round pick, and Portland's second round pick for next season.
Ann, Seattle, WA
Coach Dunn should select Stacey Dales. Not only is she a
wonderfully versatile player, but being Canadian it would be a great
opportunity to market the team here in Vancouver.
I believe that the best overall player in the draft is Stacey Dales. She has the ability to play
four positions, probably three at the professional level. She is as great a passer as there is in the game
right now, but that's not all she is. She can score big points in a variety of ways and can rebound
and steal the ball as well. Sue Bird is the best point guard in the country by far, but she doesn't
have the versatility that Dales has. She has great size at the guard position and knows how to use
it to her advantage. If you are looking for a point guard specifically, then go with Bird. But if
you want someone that can play the 1, 2, or 3 and play them all extremely well, then I would go
with Dales. One of the best things about her game is that she can play whatever role is
needed of her. She gets others involved and makes those around her better, but can be the go-to
player if needed. As I said before, she is the most versatile and in my opinion the best overall
player in the draft.
If I were Lin Dunn and I had the first pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft, there would be no doubt in my mind that I would pick Stacey
Dales. I had the oppurtunity to watch her play in person and it was amazing. She brings so much energy on the court. Stacey is a very versitile player and I love her unselfishness. She will be the best passer in the WNBA. Dales is truly awesome.
Seattle is a big team. It's also loaded with some very talented guards. I am a huge Connecticut fan, but I'm not sure any of
those players can solve the team chemistry problem that has the Storm resembling the Mystics when they take the floor. A great fit for Seattle would be Stacey Dales, who seems to understand the "team" concept, is a
natural leader, has a fun personality, is a tremendous competitor, is not afraid to shoot, but is unselfish enough to give it up when she's not open. Dales can also run the floor, which would be a great complement to the guards that are there already.
Although Sue Bird is a highly talented point guard and a great player, she lacks height. The Storm will need some height. Picking
Bird will only make them a smaller team. Therefore, if you want a ballhandler, a great passer, a tough competitor, a team leader and height all rolled into one, pick Stacey Dales!!
The Storm should draft Stacey Dales, no doubt. They could
start her at the 3 with Semeka at the 2 and Lauren at the 4 with Sojna
dishing to all three offensive threats. Or put Stacey at the 1, creating a
totally new offensive look that would give other teams defensive fits
and impossible matchups. And with her international experience, Stacey
is a mature rookie who could lead a team.
We've got to have Stacey Dales because she is such an
all-around athlete and player! She can definitely score, which we
desperately needm and her passing is so amazing, which will definitely help
with needed assists. She is quick and her defense is excellent, too. I don't
see anyone else, including Sue Bird, who would make a bigger impact on
our Storm team than Dales. We are hurting in the forward department and
Stacey plugs up that hole, too!
Stacey Dales should be the #1 draft pick because she is an
excellent player who can hold her own with the elite players in the
league, she has international experience and she's Canadian and Canadian
girls kick (butt)!! She'll bring Canadian fans (BC is close) into the Storm
building. Just look what she's done at Oklahoma! Her resume is better
all round than anybody else's. It would be a mistake not to pick her
right away in the draft.
Tracey/TJ, Pittsburgh, PA
I am a big fan of the WNBA. I also like the Seattle Storm because they
have Ms. Jackson! Although I'm not an expert on the draft prospects, I have been
following the NCAA tourney. I believe Coach Dunn has three options. If she
wants to fill the small forward position, then her player is Stacey Dales.
If she needs a stronger, rebounding forward, then Swin Cash is the way
to go. When forming a strong TEAM I have always thought of two requirements --
a strong center to build a team around and a point guard to control the
game. Hence, the option of selecting Sue Bird. She is a great player
who will easily make the transition to the WNBA. The Storm is a team with
great potential, but lacking direction in a game. She can be the future
leader of the Storm. Bird can pass, shoot, rebound, and defend. She can
handle pressure and is used to winning. Bird can only improve the Storm
and make players around her better. There are so many great players in the draft this year, however, let me
pose this question - would the Utah Jazz be any good without John
Stockton? Best of luck to all potential draftees!
Snow would really be the best pick for the whole team and would be the perfect partner for Semeka Randall. They 'read each others mind' when it comes to sets and passes at a breakneck speed up and down the floor for a full 40 minutes.
GO FOR SNOW
crispyintn, Nashville, TN
Sierra, Ann Arbor, MI
I'd pick Lindsey Yamasaki of Stanford because she is one of
the best all around players out there.
I'd take Hamchétou Maïga, a gutsy player who plays with
passion and aggression. Who needs another flashy player? PLAY BALL!!!
Kelly, Roseville, MI
If I had the #1 draft pick then I would choose Iowa State's
Angie Welle. She can run the floor almost like a guard and had the top
field goal percentage in college. So that is who I would pick -- a great
player with not much pub.
Jeff, Seattle, WA
Looking at Seattle's roster, Dunn needs a power forward who
can rebound. I'd go for Swin Cash, a rebounding demoness, or Tamika
Williams, who quietly led UConn in several offensive categories.
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