Chicago Sky

2009 Finish

16-18, 5th in the Eastern Conference.

Departures

  • Candice Dupree, F
  • Arrivals

  • Shameka Christon, F
  • Cathrine Kraayeveld, F
  • Courtney Paris, C
  • Returning Players

  • Dominique Canty, G-F
  • Shyra Ely, F
  • Sylvia Fowles, C
  • Jia Perkins, G
  • K.B. Sharp, G
  • Erin Thorn, G
  • Kristi Toliver, G
  • Tamera Young, F
  • Free Agents

  • Mistie Bass, F (UFA)
  • Laura Macchi, F (RFA)
  • Katie Mattera, C (UFA)
  • Needs

  • Scoring
  • Interior Defense
  • Analysis

    In 2009, the Sky strung together their best season since joining the WNBA five years ago. While their record didnít translate into their first postseason berth, it did allow the front office to evaluate the roster for the future. One thing is for certain: the Sky, who were the fourth worst scoring team in the league, need to add another big-time scorer to compliment Jia Perkins and Sylvia Fowles. This is even more evident after Chicago traded Candice Dupree (15.7 ppg), their leading scorer last season, to the New York Liberty for Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld. While Christon (16.1 ppg) was also her teamís top offensive player, the swap may not exactly help them offensively, just kept them in a similar position. The Sky also gave the Liberty their second-round selection (16th overall) in the deal, meaning they only have one pick in the first 27. That makes it even more important for them to bring in a player who can make an impact right away, possibly a prospect such as Kelsey Griffin (F, Nebraska) or Amber Harris (F, Xavier).

    Another area of the floor the Sky need to improve on is the interior, especially on the glass. Chicago was in the middle of the pack in rebounds per game last season, and another threat to flank centers Fowles and newcomer Courtney Paris (acquired in the Sacramento Monarchsí dispersal draft) would be a welcome addition. Griffin or Harris could potentially fill this role, as well.

    2010 Selections

  • No. 4 (R1)
  • No. 28 (R3)
  • Recent Draft History

    200920082007
    3. Kristi Toliver 2. Sylvia Fowles3. Armintie Price
    16. Danielle Gant 19. Quianna Chaney10. Carla Thomas
    29. Jennifer Risper 33. Angela Tisdale20. Stephanie Raymond
    27. Jenna Rubino