Nate Parham's Mock Draft
Nate Parham is a women’s basketball writer for Swish Appeal. Follow Parham on Twitter @NateP_SBN.
1. Phoenix Mercury: Brittney Griner, C, Baylor
Her rare combination of agility and length made her the most imposing force in women's college basketball during her four years. In the WNBA, her most immediate impact might be her ability to shoot over shorter defenders with an increasingly reliable mid-range jumper.
2. Chicago Sky: Elena Delle Donne, F, Delaware
Arguably the most skilled player in the draft as a 6-foot-5 guard who spent most of the college season fending off double and triple teams to score over opposing players as well as shooting 45% from the 3-point line. Even she has admitted that defense will be an adjustment for her at the pro level, but she's a great fit for the Sky as another wing scorer.
3. Tulsa Shock: Skylar Diggins, G, Notre Dame
Diggins' charisma, leadership, and will to win helped Notre Dame make three consecutive Final Fours. Wins might not come so easily in the pros, but Tulsa is a great fit for her as she'll join a group of athletic guards that should be able to cause problems defensively but needed a primary ball handler.
4. Washington Mystics: Tayler Hill, G, Ohio State
There are a number players who could be considered the fourth best on the board after the “three to see” but the Mystics need guard help more than they need post help and Hill is one of the most efficient pure scorers to come from the college ranks in years.
5. New York Liberty: Kelsey Bone, C, Texas A&M
After trading Kia Vaughn to the Mystics, the Liberty could use some help at center and Bone has the physical tools to become a good player. Like many players in this draft, the big question for her might be how efficient she can become if
6. Seattle Storm: Kayla Alexander, C, Syracuse
The Storm need help in the post with Lauren Jackson out for the season and Ann Wauters no longer with the team. Kayla Alexander fits as a solid rebounder and shot blocker who could compete for minutes right away.
7. New York Liberty: Toni Young, F, Oklahoma State
Young is the best pure athlete in the draft, if a bit of a wild card as a draft prospect. If she can rebound and continue to develop her mid-range jumper, she's be an asset to any team with a guard who can drive and kick.
8. San Antonio Silver Stars: Tianna Hawkins, F, Maryland
With Sophia Young out, it's hard to imagine any of the top posts in the draft falling past San Antonio. Although it would be mildly surprising if Hawkins even fell this far, she would give them the type of rebounding presence that they've lacked in recent years.
9. Indiana Fever: Kelly Faris, G, Connecticut
The Fever don't necessarily need another wing considering they were down two when they won the 2012 title, but Faris is a hard-nosed defender that does all the little things well and would fit into what they do. That she has become such an efficient shooter in her senior year fits nicely into how they spread the court and shot threes during last season's playoff run.
10. Los Angeles Sparks : Lindsey Moore, G, Nebraska
Were it not for some concerns about Moore's quickness, she would probably be selected higher than this and might be anyway. She's an extremely efficient scorer who can at the very least contribute 3-point shooting and at best become another efficient distributor in the rotation.
11. Connecticut Sun: A'dia Mathies, G, Kentucky
With both Asjha Jones and Danielle McCray out for the season, the Sun need somebody who can step in and contribute. Whether Mathies is the best player available here is up for debate, but she could fill a positional need on the roster.
12. Minnesota Lynx: Sugar Rodgers, G, Georgetown
Sugar Rodgers' inefficiency has to be noted alongside her scoring ability, but as someone who was the obvious first option for her team on nearly every possession the very fact that she was able to find ways to score at all is in fact impressive.