No one knows what WNBA teams need to focus on in the upcoming Draft better than their star players. In addition to being extremely competitive, they are knowledgeable about the game and have ideas on who might be available when their team makes its first pick. WNBA.com recently asked players from each team what type of player they think their team needs to improve in the 2005 season.


Adia Barnes, Seattle Storm
"I know that we definitely want to get stronger inside, another banger. That is something we haven't necessarily had enough of in the past, so hopefully we can add that."

Swin Cash, Detroit Shock
"We can use another playing in a guard position, someone that can come in off the bench and contribute points. We need backcourt depth. Also we can use a backup player in the post for Ruth. Barb Farris is probably the best sixth man coming off the bench in our league, but it would be even more beneficial for our team to have another player who can come in off the bench."

Becky Hammon, New York Liberty
"I think we need to re-establish our inside game, so we could use some help there. I also know they are looking to bring in some reserve and back-up players to fill in a few spots. You can never quit improving, so you want to try and make your bench as strong as possible. We'll see. Hopefully we can get a couple of good pick-ups."

Kara Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs
"The is the way I look at a Draft as far as the impact players: Which one of these players will no longer be available at the sixth pick when my team picks... We could use some more shooters. We have a great interior presence with the players that we have. Our strength is definitely our inside game, but we definitely need some people that can help stretch a defense."

Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
"I never get involved in what the make-up of our team is. I speak to our President and General Manager, but I really love my teammates that we have and hopefully we can keep the core players together that we have. That is what I fight for. Other than that, it is up to them to determine what direction we are going to go in. The championship is always our goal."

Nicole Ohlde, Minnesota Lynx
"I definitely think we could use some more guards and players that can create their own shot as well as hit the three-point shot. Katie can definitely do it all, but when she got hurt, it showed that we need another guard to step up and get the job done out there."

Ruth Riley, Detroit Shock
"The lesson we learned last year is just how important the bench is. We had our same core group back, but the supporting cast ended up playing a bigger role in the success of the team. So I think we will take a good look at that."

Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun
"I think the consensus from the whole team and the coaching staff is that we need someone who can help out T.J. in the middle. When she subs out, we need someone who can go in there and cause a lot of havoc. They don't necessarily have to be a superstar or someone that is a go-to player, but someone that can play role and is very tall and serviceable in the paint. Once we find that, we will have the opportunity to make a run at it again."

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
"A big player in the post is definitely something we need to address. You need enough of them to compete out west with the likes of Lisa Leslie, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson and Tina Thompson. We have great post players right now, but if we could add something. It would add another dimension that would make us that much better."

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun
"We need another big body - someone who can create problems for other teams in the lane. We are always looking for athletic players, whether it is a guard, a post player or a wing, it's always good to have athletes and people who can make good decisions and who are smart with the ball. We need people who are willing to work hard and accept their roles."

Shereka Wright, Phoenix Mercury
"We have all discussed this, and we could definitely use a big body, a focal point in the middle to draw attention. We are smaller and thinner inside, so that is definitely something we need to be looking for."