Though veterans like Nakia Sanford (L) will still be a major part of the team's season, the Seattle Storm will have to depend on younger players like Tianna Hawkins (R) in order to have a foundation for a successful future. - USA Today Sports Images

2013 Seattle Storm Season StoryStream: The Future Starts Now

The Seattle Storm looks to make the playoffs for a 10th straight season led by a younger group which includes sophomore swingman Shekinna Stricklen and rookie post Tianna Hawkins as Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird sit the year out due to injury. Though it appeared that Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer were going to buy the Sacramento Kings and relocate the team to Seattle last January, an NBA owners committee turned it down, basically ensuring that the city won't have an NBA team for at least another year.

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How the Lynx overcame Storm defense to advance

The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Seattle Storm 58-55 in Game 2 of the first round of the 2013 WNBA Playoffs to return to the Western Conference Finals. And they did so in unsurprising fashion.


DC 62, Seattle 59: Thibault winningest coach ever!

The Washington Mystics (6-6) were rattled by a furious comeback from the Seattle Storm (5-7) after leading by double digits most of the game but managed to pull off another close victory, winning 62-59. The Mystics now have surpassed last season's win total, and General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault now has 212 career wins, which is the most of all WNBA head coaches.


Is it good for DC & Seattle to make the playoffs?

This is not a continuation or a rebuttal of Zack's preview, but it's something that has been brewing in my head for some time. Most people will look at a team's win and loss record and use that as a metric on how well the team is doing. But teams also need to look long term and know who they are winning with if they want to be long term contenders and have bright futures and that applies for both the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics who coincidentally play against each other later tonight in DC.


Tulsa 92, Seattle 70

Six Shock Players, led by their rising star forward, Glory Johnson scored in double figures to lead Tulsa (3-7) to a big win over the Seatlle Storm (4-4).


Team effort fuels Storm in Connecticut

Just the Facts, Ma'am: Four Storm players scored in double figures as Seattle notched a much-needed 78-66 win in Connecticut. Tina Thompson led the Storm with 17 points, with Shekinna Stricklen adding 16 off the bench and Camille Little just missing a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Allison Hightower's 17 points paced Connecticut, while Tina Charles had 15 points and a team-high six rebounds.

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Alysha Clark hired by MTSU as assistant coach

Current second-year WNBA player, Alysha Clark, has been hired by Middle Tennessee State as assistant coach. Clark is currently playing for the Seattle Storm. Clark is the most prolific player to ever play at MTSU. During her time with the Lady Raiders, she was named an All-American and led the nation in scoring her junior and senior years.


LA Sparks 102, Seattle Storm 69

Oh boy....

The Sparks scored at least 25 points in each of the first three quarters of this game and shot 62% overall, and 75% from three (6-8 shots). The game was an even effort scoring wise with Kristi Toliver scoring 17 points. Lindsey Harding in her LA debut also had 8 assists with her 12 points. Rookie A'dia Mathies made two points in 11 minutes of action.

For the Storm, Tanisha Wright and Temeka Johnson had a combined 22 points and 10 assists but it wasn't enough. In terms of the rookie watch, Tianna Hawkins made her debut in green and gold where she scored 6 points and grabbed 3 boards in over 23 minutes.

With this game now in the record books, it kind of shows the talent disparity the Storm will have for much of this season but as we noted in our preview, it's not like missing the playoffs is a bad thing for them.


2013 Storm preview: Keeping an eye on the future

A statistical preview of the Seattle Storm based on the season preview framework described in our primer the other day. For those not interested in all these words, the tl;dr version is essentially the first section of 2012 review and the last section titled "key question". For more on the Storm's major offseason moves, check out our offseason storystream.


Bird has successful knee surgery

In case you missed it, the Seattle Storm announced this past Thursday that their franchise guard Sue Bird had successful knee surgery to remove her left knee cyst. The procedure was done in Hartford, Connecticut at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She will remain in Connecticut for rehab, and is expected to be in Seattle this summer to support her team.

Her statement:

[The surgery] went well. I feel fine and am at home resting. Looking forward to being back in Seattle with my teammates!

Glad to see that it went well.


NBA committee recommends that the Kings stay

Earlier today, the NBA's relocation committee voted 12-0 against the Sacramento Kings relocating to Seattle which at best (from the eyes of a Sonics fan) is a major roadblock for Chris Hansen and his ownership group's efforts to buy the team and move it to KeyArena this fall.

The NBA Board of Governors would be voting on May 13 to finalize the decision on the team's fate. With today's news occurring, this pretty much ensures that the Seattle Storm will still be the only professional basketball team in town for this year.

For more on this visit Sactown Royalty for a Kings perspective or Sonics Rising for a Seattle perspective.


Storm make MacKay Dayton's first-ever WNBA signee

The Seattle Storm have announced the signing of Dayton Flyers point guard Sam MacKay, making her the program's first-ever player to sign with a WNBA team.

From the Flyers' release:

MacKay has a huge week coming up.

Following her graduation from University of Dayton on Sunday, May 5 - with a degree in sports management and two minors; business administration and psychology - MacKay will report to training camp May 9 to compete for a spot on Seattle's roster.

"Just to know I have this opportunity to compete at this level is so amazing," said MacKay. "I owe it to all the coaches and everyone involved at the University of Dayton. I want to keep working hard and, ultimately, make this team."

MacKay had some impressive point guard numbers in her senior season as part of a class that became the first in program history to earn four consecutive NCAA Tournament bids. It's a milestone for a program that Jim Jabir has done an excellent job of building during his tenure.

For more on MacKay, check out our brief writeup about her as a draft prospect prior to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


Terp Nation is proud of Hawkins and rightfully so

Kristi Toliver and Juan Dixon were among those who shouted out the newest Terp turned pro.


Round 3, Pick 6: Seattle Storm adds Jasmine James

The Seattle Storm selected Jasmine James with the 30th of the 2013 WNBA Draft.

For a team that might be looking for a bit of point guard help with Sue Bird out for the season, this isn't a bad pick at all.

From a summary of her game shortly after her season ended:

She sort of fits the mold of scoring college point guard who could become a more efficient distributor in the pros when she's responsible for less of a scoring load and her athleticism really showed up in her steal percentage (4.36%). The problem is a very low scoring efficiency (44.64% true shooting percentage) and low offensive rebounding percentage (2.62%), which sort of undermine the rest of her profile.

For more on her performance in the Spokane region, check out our recap of what she contributed to Georgia's upset of Stanford.


Round 2, Pick 6: Seattle selects Chelsea Poppens

Wows: Chelsea Poppens is another dominant rebounder and will compete for a roster spot. Without putting her through a combine test, she might be among the strongest players in this draft.

Wonders: She picked up a lot of fouls at Iowa State. Will that be a problem in the WNBA?

Worries: She did cut down on her turnovers quite a bit in her senior year, but she still bobbled the ball when she received it in the post quite a bit.


Round 1, Pick 6: Seattle selects Tianna Hawkins

Wows: Hawkins is a dominant offensive rebounder and will probably contribute that right away. That she maintained that offensive rebounding rate, or close to it, while also remaining so efficient as a scorer is impressive.

Wonders: How much more can she expand her scoring range in the WNBA? She has developed 3-point range at this point and even if she doesn't become a reliable long range shooter in the WNBA, she definite has a chance to become a great pick-and-pop threat.

Worries: Her biggest concern is really a her low personal foul efficiency. How easily will she be able to defend WNBA posts? Will fouls be a problem in the pros as well? We'll have to see exactly what that means for a power forward prospect.


Lauren Jackson is pain free!

Check out this article in the Sydney Morning Herald Sport section. If you're a Seattle Storm fan, here's some promising quotes from the franchise center in regards to her recovery from hamstring surgery earlier this year:

For the first time in three years, I’m waking up feeling good – well, it’s the first time in my whole career I’ve woken up feeling this good – so I’m completely hamstring-pain-free.

I’m running up hills, doing everything I can, pain-free, so it’s brilliant.

This is only one money quote. There's a ton of other good stuff here where Jackson talks about the fact that she's played with various ailments but that it also didn't allow her to play at an optimal level. Some Storm fans are worried that Jackson missing this season may mean that she may never return to the WNBA, at its extreme at least. Here's her response to those worries:

I’m not pushing to come back for the Caps next season, or to go to Europe or anything. At the moment, my goal is to be ready for the [2014] WNBA season, so when I say ready, it means fit and ready to go. That’s basically my aim, so whatever happens before that is going to be a bonus.

It’s been an emotional roller-coaster that has finally stopped – and I feel good.

In short, this isn't just promising news for Storm fans. It's great news for them because she is healthy. And she won't be playing until the 2014 season, despite the lure to play for the Canberra Capitals WNBL team or Europe so it will be great to see a healthy and refreshed LJ next season.

Follow more on what the Storm does in this offseason as the green and gold looks to go for a WNBA record 10th straight playoff appearance in our StoryStream.

UPDATE on March 27, 2013 at 12:10 AM: The Newcastle Herald in Australia actually had this in an article dated yesterday. Read it here. Other media outlets including the AP have a take here. Consider this piece above to be our quick take as WNBA fans on this news.


Sue Bird is out for 2013

Today, the Seattle Storm announced that guard Sue Bird will sit out the 2013 WNBA season due to a knee surgery she will have this spring to remove a cyst in her right knee. Along with the loss of Lauren Jackson due to her pending recovery from hamstring surgery in January, it is a guarantee now that the Storm will play its first full season since its inaugural campaign in 2000 without either player in its dynamic duo.


NY announces Essence Carson, Katie Smith signings

We'll have more reaction on this one at some point, but in the meantime the brief letter from Essence Carson also posted on their website is probably worth your time to read.

For more on the Liberty, visit our offseason storystream.


A Storm fan's thoughts on the Mystics' offseason

In this second part of the Q&A we ask Storm fan and season ticket holder Patrick Sheehy on his thoughts regarding the Washington Mystics' current offseason which is highlighted by a major hire with Mike Thibault coming in as the new GM and head coach. So far, most of the viewpoints on their offseason come from a Mystics fan perspective. Maybe I am not level headed and am undervaluing or overvaluing certain aspects on this team. So now, let's see this team's offseason from another fanbase's point of view which could add some more perspective into things.


A Storm fan's take on all things Storm basketball

The Seattle Storm has been a team that has long enjoyed a large and supportive fanbase. On the basketball court, it has been anchored by one of the best duos in league history for over a decade with Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird who have been major pieces for two WNBA championship runs in 2004 and 2010. While I have given my thoughts on what the team needs to consider during the offseason, I also wanted to shake things up and allow a Storm fan to give his thoughts on the team.


How will Johnson & Quinn signings help the Storm?

As announced yesterday, the Seattle Storm have signed Temeka Johnson and Noelle Quinn. But how specifically does that help them and what does it mean for the other teams who have lost out on their former players? Click here for the link to the actual announcement.


Lauren Jackson to miss season, Ann Wauters Cut

The Seattle Storm announced in a press release that Lauren Jackson, its three time MVP center, will sit out the 2013 season to heal from a hamstring operation back in January. In addition, the Storm announced that Ann Wauters will not play in the WNBA this season in order to spend the summer with her family and therefore terminated her contract.


How can Seattle get younger and still contend?

The Seattle Storm finished its 2012 season with a playoff appearance, losing in the first round to the Minnesota Lynx, two games to one. The Storm also finished with a 16-18 record in the regular season, their first losing record in the Sue Bird era. What can the Storm do to improve its team over the short or long term?

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