Minnesota Lynx


2009 Finish
14-16, 5th in Western Conference.

Departures

  • Roneeka Hodges, G
  • Tasha Humprehy, C
  • Kelly Miller, G
  • Renee Montgomery, G
  • LaToya Pringle, F

    Arrivals

  • Rebekkah Brunson, F
  • Hamchétou Maïga-Ba, F
  • Lindsay Whalen, G

    Returning Players

  • Nicky Anosike, C
  • Seimone Augustus, F
  • Quanitra Hollingsworth, C
  • Charde Houston, F
  • Rashanda McCants, F
  • Candice Wiggins, G

    Free Agents

  • Anna Montanana, F (UFA)

    Needs

  • Backcourt depth
  • Defense
  • Analysis
    After not making the postseason for the fifth straight season, the Lynx needed to gain some experience, players who have been through battles in the past that can get them to that next level. And they did just that by acquiring stellar point guard and Minnesota native Lindsay Whalen from Connecticut in exchange for Renee Mongomery, who the Lynx selected with their first pick in 2009. The teams also swapped the No. 1 and 2 overall selections, with Minnesota receiving the latter. It may seem crazy to deal the No. 1 overall selection, which the Lynx originally got by winning the Draft Lottery, but again, the last thing this team needs to do is get younger since it has had a number of Lottery selections in the past few drafts. Still, Minnesota is left with the Nos. 2 and 3 picks, which may not be advantageous for such an inexperienced team. That may mean Minnesota isn't done dealing, although we've thought that in the past with the Lynx and they've always held firm with their picks for the most part. So with such a precocious team now being guiding by a proven leader, the question becomes where does Minnesota look to improve? Well, for starters, the Lynx were the second-worst defensive team in the league in 2009 in terms of points allowed, and new head coach Cheryl Reeve is all about defense, as she was when she was an assistant with the Detroit Shock. So finding players that can defend either down low or on the perimeter might take priority over what they can do at the offensive end, although it's possible to find players who can do both where Minnesota is selecting. And while the Lynx's starting backcourt is locked in, they are astonishly thin when it comes to reserves.

    2010 Selections

  • No. 2 (R1)
  • No. 3 (R1)
  • No. 26 (R3)

    Recent Draft History

    200920082007
    4. Renee Montgomery3. Candice Wiggins4. Noelle Quinn
    9. Quanitra Hollingsworth16. Nicky Anosike15. Eshaya Murphy
    15. Rashanda McCants 30. Charde Houston23. Brooke Smith
    30. Emily Fox24. Kathrin Ress