With the second pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, the Tulsa Shock might take Baylor Lady Bears star Odyssey Sims, according to John Klein of the Tulsa World.
There is a trend toward smaller and faster.
Thus, just a year after the Tulsa Shock took two point guards in the WNBA draft, guards are not off the board for the Shock in this year's draft.
In fact, many believe Baylor's Odyssey Sims, the best player in the Big 12 and the highest-rated guard in this draft, may be at the top of Tulsa's wish list...The Shock, picking second, is expected by most to get [Sims or Stanford Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike], although Maryland's Alyssa Thomas is also rated very high on some draft boards.
Klein's report actually fits with a rumor that has been around for a while now, though he also points out the reason why people have assumed Thomas would be Tulsa's pick: they drafted a pair of guards last season, including 2013 All-Rookie selection Skylar Diggins and popular Native American player Angel Goodrich, in addition to drafting high scoring 2013 Sixth Woman of the Year Riquna Williams in 2012. Thomas, on the other hand, seems to nicely fit a need a small forward although they already have veterans Roneeka Hodges, Jennifer Lacy, and Nicole Powell to fill spots on the wing.
If Sims is the better prospect, then past picks are just sunk costs. And the Shock's strength (especially without 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage on the floor for parts of last season) is their speed - Sims fits as an efficient ball handler and scorer. Yet that would make for a rather crowded rotation of players 5-foot-9 and under and a possible interesting marketing dynamic after having drafted Diggins third overall last season.
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