Tulsa Shock

2009 Finish

18-16, 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Lost in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Arrivals

  • Marion Jones, G
  • Natasha Lacy, G
  • Iciss Tillis, F-C
  • Returning Players

  • Kara Braxton, F-C
  • Alexis Hornbuckle, G
  • Crystal Kelly, F
  • Plenette Pierson, F-C
  • Olayinka Sanni, C
  • Shavonte Zellous, G
  • Free Agents

  • Cheryl Ford, F (RFA)
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin, F (UFA)
  • Deanna Nolan, G-F (RFA)
  • Scholanda Robinson, G (UFA)
  • Nikki Teasley, G (UFA)
  • Needs

  • Frontcourt Depth
  • Experience
  • Small Forward
  • Analysis

    The Shock could certainly use assistance all over the floor after their move from Detroit to Tulsa this off-season. One position in particular they should apply their seventh-overall selection to is one of the guard spots. Shavonte Zellous showed tremendous potential there last season; however, their top two scorers, Deanna Nolan (unsigned) and Katie Smith (Washington), arenít on their roster currently. Tulsa made a splash and signed guard Marion Jones in March, but she hasnít played basketball since her days at the University of North Carolina. The positive thing is this draft has a plethora of guards so theyíll have some strong names in front of them when they hit the clock. Andrea Riley, who played her college ball at nearby Oklahoma State University, may be available when itís their turn.

    In the frontcourt, Tulsa currently would use Kara Braxton at center and Plenette Pierson, who missed most of 2009 with a shoulder injury, at the four. That leaves a void on the other side of the court, which a small forward would fill. Since the Shock were also the second-worst shotblocking team in the league last season (2.9 bpg), a backup center would be ideal in Round 3.

    2010 Selections

  • No. 7 (R1)
  • No. 19 (R2)
  • No. 31 (R3)
  • Recent Draft History

    200920082007
    11. Shavonte Zellous 4. Alexis Hornbuckle11. Ivory Latta
    18. Britany Miller 11. Tasha Humphrey
    37. Tanae Davis-Cain 18. Olayinka Sanni
    28. Natasha Lacy
    42. Valeriya Berezhynska