Seattle Storm


2008 Finish
22-12, 2nd in Western Conference. Lost in Western Conference Semifinals.

Departures

  • Shyra Ely, F
  • Yolanda Griffith, C
  • Kelly Santos, F
  • Sheryl Swoopes, G

    Arrivals

  • Suzy Batkovic, C
  • Janell Burse, C
  • Shannon Johnson, G-F
  • Kasha Terry, F-C

    Returning Players

  • Kimberly Beck, G
  • Sue Bird, G
  • Swin Cash, F
  • Katie Gearlds, G-F
  • Camille Little, F
  • Kristen O'Neill, G-F
  • Ashley Robinson, C
  • Melanie Thomas, G
  • Tanisha Wright, G

    Free Agents

  • Lauren Jackson, F (UFA)

    Needs

  • Outside Shooting
  • Scoring

    Analysis
    The Storm and the entire WNBA are still waiting to find out exactly where Lauren Jackson will be playing her ball in 2009. Jackson, a two-time MVP, recently said she will likely play for either Seattle or Phoenix. Of course, either way her decision will have a huge effect on Seattle, the team for which she has played all of her eight WNBA seasons. For now, it seems the Storm will enter the 2009 draft not knowing whether or not they will have her services. Seattle showed last year it is still a formidable basketball team without Jackson, who sat out the final 13 games as well as the playoffs because of an injury. However, the Storm have also lost WNBA greats Yolanda Griffith and Sheryl Swoopes from that '08 team. As far as additions, center Janell Burse is back and the team has also brought in Pee Wee Johnson to help on the wing. But adding another solid player to the rotation seems critical to the team's success in '09. An offensive-minded player would be the logical choice at No. 12 in the first round, but considering the team has lost Griffith and Swoopes and could possibly lose Jackson, going after defense might not be a bad idea either.

    2009 Selections

  • No. 12 (R1)
  • No. 38 (R3)

    Recent Draft History
    200820072006
    22. Allie Quigley7. Katie Gearlds11. Barbara Turner
    36. Kimberly Beck33. Brandie Hoskins25. Dalila Eshe
    39. Erin Grant