CHICAGO SKY
2006 Results: The Sky finished
5-29, (.147, 7th in East).
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Head coach: Bo Overton enters his first season with the team.
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2007 Probable Starters:
C:
Bernadette Ngoyisa
PF:
Candice Dupree
SF:
Monique Currie
SG:
Armintie Price
PG:
Dominique Canty
2007 Draft Results:
Rd. 1:
Armintie Price
Rd. 1:
Carla Thomas
Rd. 2:
Stephanie Raymond
Rd. 3:
Jenna Rubino
2006 Leaders:
Points
Candice Dupree, 13.7 ppg
Rebs.
Bernadette Ngoyisa, 5.7 rpg
Assts.
Jia Perkins, 3.2 apg
Blocks
Brooke Wyckoff, 0.80 bpg
Steals
Jia Perkins, 1.43 spg
Chicago Sky: 2007 Preview

No longer a rookie team in the league, the Chicago Sky enter their second season stronger and ready to improve upon last year's 5-29 record. Bo Overton will be taking over as head coach after Dave Cowens left the team to coach in the NBA.

COMING BACK


Dupree
A bright spot in Chicago's inaugural season was rookie and All-Star Candice Dupree. Dupree led the Sky in scoring, was strong on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court and will most likely be the player around whom the Sky build for years to come.

Stacey Dales and Jia Perkins are two other key veterans likely to contribute. Perkins is aggressive on offense and was third on the team in points per game behind Dupree and center Bernadette Ngoyisa. Dales, who worked with Overton during her time at Oklahoma, is a versatile player who will continue to help the team on both ends of the court. Meanwhile, six-year veteran Brooke Wyckoff was injured for most of last season. But when healthy, she can be a big boost on the defensive end.

The Sky are hoping to have Ngoyisa healthy after an offseason injury in Europe. Having led the squad in rebounding in 2006, she adds a formidable presence in the paint. Still, Ngoyisa's status for the start of the season remains up in the air.

NOT COMING BACK

After one season with the Sky, Chelsea Newton has returned to her former team, the Sacramento Monarchs. Averaging 6.5 ppg, she added depth to the team and was a defensive stopped and a solid offensive threat.

NEW ADDITIONS

Last season, the Sky struggled offensively, scoring a measly 68.3 ppg. To help the struggling offense, veterans Dominique Canty and Kayte Christensen were signed as free agents in the offseason. Canty has an eye for the basket -- she averaged 10.9 ppg last season with the Comets. She has a good chance to grab a starting spot and will be a solid distributor and scorer. Her eight years of experience in the league will certainly bring some leadership to this young team. Christensen will most likely come off the bench to provide depth in the paint.

In the Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft, the Chicago Sky picked up Monique Currie, the third pick in the 2006 WNBA draft. She averaged 10.0 ppg last season with the Sting and will be another strong addition to the Sky offense. She also shot 81% from the line last season and her 29% mark from 3-point range will help on the perimeter.


Price
In this year's draft, Chicago picked up four promising newcomers in Armintie Price, Carla Thomas, Stephanie Raymond and Jenna Rubino. Price was chosen No. 3 overall in the first round out of Ole Miss and has been the talk of the town after averaging 19.1 ppg during her senior season and leading her squad well into the NCAA Tournament. Price is likely to receive plenty of minutes as Chicago will look to her for scoring and defense. Thomas, on the other hand, will give the team strength and depth down low. She can play both forward and center and is a good defender who will provide options and versatility for Coach Overton.

OUTLOOK

With a new coach in town and many new players on the roster, the early part of the season will likely consist of a fair amount of experimentation. To succeed in the East, the team will quickly need to gel, develop chemistry and get accustomed to each other's style of play. Making the playoffs may still be a stretch for this squad, but an improvement from last year can be expected.

All in all, the Sky will continue to improve, despite the growing pains likely to go along with the adjustment to all of their changes. They are young, talented and strong, but it may take another season together for this group to light up Chicago's famed skyline.

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