MOCK DRAFT UPDATE: With the third pick in the Swish Appeal Community Mock Draft, the Seattle Storm selects Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of UConn.
Despite the fact that Seattle needs an additional guard who could be part of the post-Sue Bird era of the franchise, the overall potential that Mosqueda-Lewis has for any WNBA team is too good to pass up. If nothing else, Alisha Valavanis can trade her for another asset. We added Martha Alwal of Mississippi State on the poll, but you're also free to vote for someone else, provided that you write which player you specifically are voting for in the comments.
We now continue with our regularly scheduled mock draft posts. The Connecticut Sun's on the clock, so let's go!
You are Chris Sienko, the General Manager of the Connecticut Sun. With a disappointing 2014 season in which the Sun finished last in the Eastern Conference, it's time to reload for the 2015 season.
Fortunately, you had the #3 and #4 picks in this draft, the latter coming from the 2014 Tina Charles trade with New York. You used the #3 pick, a second round pick, and Renee Montgomery to acquire Shekinna Stricklen and Camille Little. Now, with just the #4 pick in your hands, it's even more imperative that that pick works out for you. After all, you hope to get back into the playoffs this season, and you have the talent to do perhaps more than just that. - A.S.
Projected Depth Chart
With the new additions of Shekinna Stricklen and Camille Little, here is the what the lineup may look for 2015. This is assuming that there are no 2015 Draft Picks, no new trades, and, of course, no cuts! - A.S.
|G||Alex Bentley||Allison Hightower||Chelsea Gray|
|G||Katie Douglas||Shekinna Stricklen||Kelly Faris|
|F||Kelsey Griffin||Danielle McCray|
|F||Camille Little||Alyssa Thomas||Kayla Pedersen|
|C||Kelsey Bone||Ebony Hoffman|
In light of Chiney Ogwumike's knee injury and recovery timeline, we have decided not to put her on the depth chart.
Primary Weaknesses: Post rotation uncertainty and off-ball guard play
Having made the most out of last year's Tina Charles trade, you have a fairly deep young squad in Connecticut. It's not yet clear who will join Ogwumike as part of the new core of the team. But Connecticut still has multiple options: They have talented young players at every position, plus veterans like Katie Douglas and Camille Little to lead the way.
The two areas the Sun should look to shore up a little are in the post and at the shooting guard/wing. Ogwumike has already shown that she can be an All-Star, but who will join her in the post for years to come is a little bit more of a question mark. Though talented, Kelsey Bone been inconsistent. Camille Little will likely be a big contributor this year and next, but is slipping past her prime. Alyssa Thomas has shown great potential, but she is also a classic tweener. In fact, head coach Anne Donovan has indicated that she considers her a WNBA small forward, not an undersized power forward. That leads me to wonder how Kelsey Griffin will fit in long-term.
At the off guard/wing spot, Katie Douglas held down the fort last year, but she is 35 and has a history of back injuries. Shekinna Stricklen has an opportunity to play a big role on this team going forward but has been a fairly streaky shooter in her career thus far. Kelly Faris and Danielle McCray have both failed to prove that they can provide reliable offense for the Sun. - L.W.
Which players could be a good fit for the Sun at the #4 spot?
Isabelle Harrison won't be available to play this season, but could be a good long-term fit with Ogwumike in the low post. Amber Orrange could provide more outside shooting, but #4 is a bit of a reach for her. Crystal Bradford and Dearica Hamby are also intriguing prospects as tall players with some perimeter abilities, but their skill sets (and questionable three-point shots) might make them too redundant with Thomas.
However, given their overall depth and stockpile of young assets, the Sun could just take the best player available and let the rotation shake out during the season. Both Brittany Boyd and Samantha Logic are still available though the Sun has several capable point guards already. If you draft either Boyd or Logic, Allie Hightower can play off the ball more to make a little more room at the point. Furthermore, you have some insurance in case Chelsea Gray can't completely come back from her knee injury. -L.W.
Now, it's time to vote!
POLLING CLOSES AT 12 P.M. EASTERN TIME ON TUESDAY, MARCH 31! On Tuesday, we take a trip to the Windy City and assess the Chicago Sky's options with the number 5 pick. Also, feel free to add which player(s) we should add to the Draft Board Poll for Tuesday.