2021 WNBA Team Preview: Connecticut Sun

From one historic season to another, the WNBA’s 25th season is set to tip-off on May 14th. The league will commemorate the 25th season with a campaign, “Count It” and a distinguishing and purposeful 25th season logo. The WNBA will also celebrate the ways its players have shattered expectations and have stood at the forefront of advancement, inclusion and social change for 25 years.

In the lead up to the season, WNBA.com will break down each team in the league. Up next, the Connecticut Sun.

After a bumpy start to the 2020 season, the Sun found their stride but ultimately fell to the Aces in the semifinals. This offseason was quieter than last for head coach and general manager Curt Miller. However, that doesn’t mean 2021 will be boring for the Sun. This season, fans will finally get to see Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner share the floor, something we’ve been waiting for since February of 2019. Most recently, the Sun named WNBA Champion Jennifer Rizzotti as President of the team. Between new leadership, Jones, and Bonner, there’s a lot to be excited about for the Sun.

2020 Season Recap

  • 10-12, 2nd in East, 7th in League
  • Lost in Semifinals to Las Vegas (3-2)

Off-Season Moves

Connecticut will return most of its 2020 roster, except for Alyssa Thomas (Achilles injury) and Bria Holmes (signed with Los Angeles). Jones, who averaged 14.6 PPG and 9.7 PRG in 2019, will suit up for the Sun on Friday, May 14th, after opting out of the 2020 season. In the 2021 Draft, Connecticut picked up Baylor guard DiJonai Carrington, who Michelle Smith says has a shot at making the final roster.

The Big Question Heading Into 2021?

How does Curt Miller fill Alyssa Thomas’ role?

“The Engine” suffered an Achilles injury while playing overseas in January. Thomas underwent successful surgery, but there is no timetable for her return, which leaves the following questions: How does Miller fill in the undeniable gap? Can the Sun still play with the inner toughness that Thomas so greatly embodied? Which player(s) will see an increase in minutes as a result?

WNBA Draft Ranking

Michelle Smith ranked every team’s draft decisions. Connecticut was rated 5th out of 12.

“Picking up Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington with a second-round pick ends up being a smart pick because Carrington has the mettle to win a roster spot and could add at least a little of the offense, defense (and toughness) that the Sun will be missing with Alyssa Thomas out this season,” Smith said.

Where to Watch

Connecticut tips off their season against Atlanta on May 14th, 7:30 pm/ET live on Twitter.