Connecticut Sun


2008 Finish
21-13, 2nd in Eastern Conference. Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Departures

Arrivals

  • Lauren Ervin, F
  • Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, G

    Returning Players

  • Sandrine Gruda, C
  • Amber Holt, F
  • Asjha Jones, F
  • Danielle Page, F
  • Erin Phillips, G
  • Ketia Swanier, G
  • Barbara Turner, G-F
  • Lindsay Whalen, G
  • Tamika Whitmore, C-F

    Free Agents

  • Svetlana Abrosimova, F (UFA)
  • Jamie Carey, G (RFA)
  • Tamika Raymond, F (UFA)
  • Nykesha Sales, G (UFA)

    Needs

  • Athleticism
  • Bench depth

    Analysis
    The Sun did a better-than-expected job of making up for some key losses in '08 thanks in large part to the MVP-caliber play of Lindsay Whalen, who led Connecticut to the second-best record in the East. But in the playoffs the team's lack of depth and firepower showed in a deflating opening-round series loss to the New York Liberty. Connecticut hasn't done much in free agency to combat those deficiencies, although on the plus side the team hasn't lost much from its '08 arsenal either. Still, it appears to be important that the Sun nail their picks in the '09 Draft, as the rest of the Eastern Conference is starting to catch up. Grabbing the best available talent on the board seems to be the way the Sun should go in order to upgrade.

    2009 Selections

  • No. 10 (R1)
  • No. 17 (R2)
  • No. 36 (R3)

    Recent Draft History
    200820072006
    9. Amber Holt12. Kamesha Hairston28. Debbie Merrill
    12. Ketia Swanier13. Sandrine Gruda42. Marita Payne
    23. Jolene Anderson26. Cori Chambers
    37. Lauren Ervin39. Kiera Hardy