2008 WNBA Mock Draft as of April 4
Taking a look at each team's needs and the best players available, storm.wnba.com predicts on who will end up going where on April 9. This mock draft is for recreational use only, and it ought to be - last year I got a whopping two picks right in the first round
|F Candace Parker|
Talk that the Sparks should consider passing on Parker because of her recent shoulder issues is silly. We're talking about a potential franchise player for at least a decade. No, I don't believe any trade talk either.
|C Sylvia Fowles|
"We will entertain any offers that are out there," Sky Coach/GM Steven Key told the Chicago Tribune. "If someone has something to talk to me about, feel free to call me." Odds are he'll find nothing more appealing than Fowles.
|G Candice Wiggins|
If the Lynx doesn't want to add another guard, odds favor this pick being dealt.
|G Alexis Hornbuckle|
A big, versatile guard to add youth to the Detroit backcourt? Sign Bill Laimbeer and company up.
|F Erlana Larkins|
The Comets are a wild card in the draft (and Ashley Shields was a wild-card pick a year ago). Their frontcourt is stronger than their backcourt, but will they draft a perimeter player in the first round after adding vet free agents Shannon Johnson and Mwadi Mabika? Possibly not if Larkins is around and the best player available as an eventual replacement for Tina Thompson.
|F/C Crystal Langhorne|
Washington's biggest need is a point guard, but none of the lead guards in the draft is likely to go this high. Could this be a spot for a trade? Or might the Mystics think local and counter the heavy Duke presence on their roster?
|F Amber Holt|
With a strong young core, the Liberty is looking to add depth. Point guard would be a logical spot ... but again, the position is weak. Holt provides a combination of size and athleticism in the frontcourt the team currently lacks.
|F/G Essence Carson|
Word on the street has it the Dream is happy with its expansion draft-stocked frontcourt and will look to the backcourt with this pick. Carson's physical defense would provide a contrast to former Storm wings Betty Lennox and Iziane Castro Marques.
|G Quianna Chaney|
After losing Katie Douglas, Connecticut has to be thinking shooting guard here. Plenty of options, but Chaney is the best shooter available.
|C LaToya Pringle|
North Carolina product could anchor Monarchs defense as shot-blocking presence in the middle.
|C Laura Harper|
The Shock could look at the backcourt again with this pick. Detroit's other need is a center to platoon with Kara Braxton, having lost Katie Feenstra in the expansion draft.
|F Tasha Humphrey|
More size would probably be ideal in the frontcourt for the Sun, with only rookie Sandrine Gruda as a true center in the mix for the rotation, but Humphrey is the best player available at this point.
|F Khadijah Whittington|
The ideal addition for the Mercury would seem to be an athletic 3/4 who can shoot the ball. Alas, unless Holt drops, that player isn't likely to be available at pick 13. Whittington would be a compromise, potentially capable of playing a Phoenix 4 but without the outside shooting the team craves.
|G Ketia Swanier|
The 14th pick is the time for the Liberty to add a backup for overworked point guard Loree Moore. Several players could be in the mix, but Swanier is the hot prospect at the moment, having played well in the NCAA Tournament.