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2009 WNBA Mock Draft as of March 27

Kevin Pelton, storm.wnba.com | March 27, 2009
Reminder: This mock draft is for recreational use only.

1. ATLANTA DREAM
Angel McCoughtry, Lousville
Storm Head Coach Brian Agler calls McCoughtry the most offensively-gifted player in the WNBA Draft. She also happens to be a premier defender who leads the nation with 4.2 steals per game and was the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year. That kind of complete game will help the Dream make a big step forward in year two should Atlanta make McCoughtry the top overall pick, as expected.

2. WASHINGTON MYSTICS
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Courtney Paris is arguably the best player available and small forward isn't particularly a need for the Mystics. Still, I suspect that Washington will have a hard time passing on a talented prospect from just down the road.

3. CHICAGO SKY
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Know this: Nobody is watching Washington's pick more anxiously than the Chicago Sky, which has absolutely no need for Paris with Sylvia Fowles holding down the post position for the next decade and a half, give or take. The Sky will almost certainly pick between wings Bonner and Coleman, and if either of them goes second the choice is an easy one.

4. MINNESOTA LYNX
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
The fourth pick is presumably Paris' backstop. Even though the pairing of Paris and Nicky Anosike is somewhat less than ideal, Minnesota is flush on the wings and Paris is the best value out there. The more interesting question is what the Lynx does if Paris goes to Washington.

5. PHOENIX MERCURY
Renee Montgomery, Connecticut
Even after adding Temeka Johnson in a trade with Los Angeles yesterday, Phoenix's primary need is on the perimeter. The deal means the Mercury can look at a wing like Pitt's Shavonte Zellous, but with Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi on the roster, Zellous' path to starting would always be blocked. A point guard - either Montgomery or Maryland's Kristi Toliver - could eventually emerge as the starter.

6. INDIANA FEVER
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Though Tully Bevilaqua re-signed to stay on, Indiana needs to consider its future at the point and may have the opportunity to add an elite prospect in either Montgomery or Toliver (or potentially even pick between the two). Toliver would add much-needed shooting and ability to create her own shot on a team that has frequently struggled offensively.

7. SACRAMENTO MONARCHS
Briann January, Arizona State
Run on point guards! It's been four years since the Monarchs attempted to get the heir apparent to Ticha Penicheiro (now 34) by drafting Kristin Haynie. Haynie did not pan out, and Sacramento recently dealt 2008 backup A'Quonesia Franklin, so it seems like PG or bust here. The hope is either Montgomery or Toliver falls; if not, January is the best talent at the position.

8. NEW YORK LIBERTY
Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh
New York has plenty of talent at shooting guard with Lisa Willis and last year's first-round pick, Rutgers product Essence Carson. Willis is a shooter, Carson a defender, while Zellous would bring a more well-rounded game to the table with the ability to knock down shots, especially from midrange, but also create off the dribble and contribute on the glass.

9. MINNESOTA LYNX
Kia Vaughn, Rutgers
It's not unthinkable that the Lynx could come out of this draft with a pair of post players. Besides Anosike and prospectively Paris, Christi Thomas is limited and LaToya Pringle unproven (though talented). Vaughn would add another youngster--that would be four total posts in their first or second seasons--as Minnesota goes for quality and quantity in terms of developing bigs.

10. CONNECTICUT SUN
Ashley Paris, Oklahoma
The Sun seems likely to select a post player, but there are plenty of options - Ashleys Paris and Walker and Chante Black. The question is which best complements incumbents Asjha Jones, Tamika Whitmore and Sandrine Gruda. Jones and Whitmore are true fours; Gruda has size, but is not especially physical. So the ideal player would be someone with center size and a physical style. Alas, that doesn't describe any of the posts remaining. Of this group, Paris seems the best fit.

11. DETROIT SHOCK
Lyndra Littles, Virginia
When in doubt, Bill Laimbeer always drafts for athletic talent. Littles and North Carolina's Rashanda McCants are a couple of elite-level athletes that seem to fit the Laimbeer mold.

12. SEATTLE STORM
Ashley Walker, California
Look for the Storm to grab the best available talent when the 12th pick rolls around. Walker, who could easily go a couple of picks higher, would fit the bill and offer additional depth in the post.

13. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Chante Black, Duke
All winter long, the Sparks have been looking ahead to a post-Lisa Leslie era and attempting to add depth in the post, from signing Kara Braxton to an offer sheet later matched by Detroit to dealing for Vanessa Hayden-Johnson. Hayden-Johnson has yet to establish herself as a full-time starter, so L.A. can't feel satisfied with the search. Black would be another potential 2010 competitor.