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2006 Mock Draft v. 1.0

Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | March 29, 2006
Taking a look at each team's needs and the best players available, storm.wnba.com predicts who will end up going where on April 5. This mock draft is for recreational use only, and always keep in mind storm.wnba.com's mock draft guarantee: All predictions right, wrong or your money back. (See, you don't pay anything to read this you get the picture.)

F Seimone Augustus
There is some school of thought that the Lynx will take Cappie Pondexter with this pick, either because they believe her to be the better prospect or because point guard is Minnesota's greater need, but the general consensus at this point is the Lynx will go with Augustus as soon as she's finished trying to win the NCAA title.
G Cappie Pondexter
WNBA coaches are already having nightmares about a Pondexter-Diana Taurasi backcourt.
F/G Monique Currie
The Sting gets another cornerstone for its rebuilding effort, along with last year's number one overall pick, Janel McCarville. That she is wrapping up her college career just up the road can't hurt either.
F Sophia Young
With LaToya Thomas and last year's number four pick, Kendra Wecker, already at forward, Young may not be a perfect fit for San Antonio's needs. But both players have some medical question marks and Young is simply much too good to pass up at this spot.
G Lisa Willis
A stretch? Perhaps, but with the Sparks in need of a shooting guard after losing Tamecka Dixon to free agency, is it unreasonable to think L.A. would go for a UCLA product? I don't think it is.
G Erin Grant
While Elaine Powell is a solid veteran anchor, I like the Sky to go for a point guard with the first draft pick in franchise history. There are plenty of options should they do so, with Grant as the best distributor off the bunch
G Megan Duffy
I'm expecting the Lynx to go for whichever of Duffy and Grant is left on the board. If they're both on the board, what then, you ask? I haven't gotten that far.
F Candice Dupree
With their off-season moves, the Mystics have put themselves in position to go best player available with this pick. Dupree gives them a solid prospect and improves their frontcourt depth.
C Tye'sha Fluker
After losing Kelly Schumacher to New York and adding Tamika Whitmore as a free agent, the Fever is left with just one player over 6-2 on the roster - forward Jenni Benningfield. Clearly, this is a team in need of size, and the 6-5 Fluker offers more of it than any realistic first-round possibility
G Sherill Baker
I'm looking for the Sting to look to the backcourt with this second first-round pick. Helen Darling is currently the only point guard on the roster, and a backup seems like a logical position to target. Baker isn't a true point guard, but can play the position and would provide an effective complement to Darling's pressure on the perimeter.
F La'Tangela Atkinson
A big, defensive-minded forward for Anne Donovan to deploy off the bench and quite possibly the best player available at this point.
G Shona Thorburn
You've got to think the Liberty is looking at the shooting-guard position, and Thorburn isn't an obvious candidate there. But New York is rarely conventional in the Draft, and Thorburn could help out Becky Hammon with ballhandling duties while defending twos.
G Tamara James
James isn't in Chelsea Newton's class as a defender, but she can replace some of the minutes Newton provide at shooting guard last year and gives Sacramento another athlete on the perimeter.
F Kim Smith
Skilled and sized enough to play either forward position, Smith could provide insurance should DeMya Walker start the season slowly after giving birth. That seems like a logical area for the Monarchs to address with their second first-round pick, though an argument could be made that Erin Buescher already provides them that insurance.