Washington Mystics forward Tianna Hawkins tweeted an Instagram photo to announce that she is pregnant.
❤️EAW Jr. ❤️ http://t.co/VhiyrFDbFm— Tianna Hawkins (@t_hawk21) February 11, 2015
Hawkins was the 6th pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, where she was drafted by the Seattle Storm. She was traded along with Bria Hartley, the 7th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft to the Washington Mystics in exchange for Crystal Langhorne. In D.C., Hawkins averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, including 1.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is very notable for a reserve player.
This also marks the second consecutive season where a player misses part of a season due to a pregnancy. Tayler Hill, the Mystics' lone young lottery pick -- and still the team's most important player -- missed most of the 2014 season due to giving birth to her son in June 2014.
What this means for the Mystics
With Hawkins expected to be sidelined for at least part of the season, that means that the Mystics will have to find someone to replace her. They could be searching for a post in the draft to play in the rotation, and Jelena Milovanovic figures to play more minutes as well in light of Hawkins' pregnancy.
But in light of the Mystics signing Armintie Herrington, perhaps they could look for an unrestricted free agent as a veteran option. Of the remaining options available, Chardé Houston is someone who could fit the bill. Houston is coming off of a lackluster season in New York in 2014, but was a WNBA All-Star in 2009 when she played for the Minnesota Lynx.
My preference is for the Mystics to use Hawkins' spot for a draft pick and let Milovanovic play more.
Hawkins' pregnancy adds another fold into Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault's plan to improve the team over the long haul. However, Hawkins is a reserve, so I don't expect too much of a shakeup in light of it.