Sparks Add Natasha Lacy, Ebony Hoffman, and LaToya Pringle


The Los Angeles Sparks had the lowest rebounding percentage in the league last season (46.2%) and the signing of Ebony Hoffman might help somewhat (though likely not more than the return of Candace Parker). The Sparks were also so eager to add a three point shooter last year that they drafted Bianca Thomas in the first round (before adding Kristi Toliver) only to cut her, so Hoffman will bolster that aspect of the team as well. However, an equally interesting signing for the Sparks is that of guard Natasha Lacy who played half of last season with the Tulsa Shock and certainly should have been a candidate for the All-Rookie team had she not been released. Lacy is more of a distributor type than either Kristi Toliver or the recently-traded Andrea Riley was for the Sparks last season. And although she is turnover prone on offense, she is also a bigger defender than either Riley or Toliver were last season, with a very good steal percentage (3.7% matched that of Tamika Catchings last season, for perspective). Ultimately, "exchanging" Lacy for Riley is a pretty good move for the Sparks.