New York Liberty


2009 Finish
13-21, 7th in Eastern Conference.

Departures

  • Shameka Christon, F
  • Cathrine Kraayeveld, F

    Arrivals

  • Kelly Mazzante, G
  • Cappie Pondexter, G
  • Nicole Powell, F

    Returning Players

  • Essence Carson, G-F
  • Tiffany Jackson, F
  • Erlana Larkins, F
  • Janel McCarville, C
  • Leilani Mitchell, G
  • Loree Moore, G
  • Sidney Spencer, G
  • Kia Vaughn, C

    Free Agents

  • Ashley Battle, F (RFA)

    Needs

  • Frontcourt depth
  • Rebounding
  • Analysis
    If it weren't for a trade prior to last season, the Liberty could be selecting No. 1 in this draft. The pick eventually landed in Connecticut after a stop in Minnesota, which won the Draft Lottery after acquiring its rights from New York. But hindsight is 20/20 and who's to say that New York would have taken the top prize in the Lottery if it held on to the pick after nothing in 2009 seem to go according to plan. New York's last-place finish in '09 can be deceiving. This Liberty team, which lost a tightly-contested Eastern Conference Finals in 2008, was still a talented one, but without an identity, which was likely the result switching coaches and systems midseason and not having a superstar. That last one has since changed. New York made a splash just prior to the draft by acquiring Cappie Pondexter, who played her college ball at nearby Rutgers and has been a star in the WNBA since joining the league in 2006. New York also received a second-round selection in this draft (No. 16) out of the three-team deal with Chicago and Phoenix, and when you package that with their No. 13 pick the Liberty should be able to get some value on April 8. Anne Donovan, in her first full season as head coach, would probably love to come away with a rebounder now that New York has acquired the playmaker it desperately needed. Actually, any frontcourt depth would be helpful since the team has seen both Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld depart.

    2010 Selections

  • No. 13 (R2)
  • No. 16 (R2)
  • No. 25 (R3)

    Recent Draft History

    200920082007
    8. Kia Vaughn 7. Essence Carson4. Tiffany Jackson
    21. Abby Waner14. Erlana Larkins16. Shay Doron
    27. Wanisha Smith29. Martina Weber
    35. Alberta Auguste