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WNBA Draft Preview: How to weather last year’s Seattle Storm

A hot start turned into a rather cold finish for Seattle in 2017. What will it take on draft day to help turn the tide?

Stewart W. Small

Last season didn’t quite go as planned for the Seattle Storm.

After a strong 5-2 start turned into a massive losing skid, Seattle fired head coach Jenny Boucek. The Storm snuck back into the playoffs but was knocked off in the first round to finish 15-19 on the year.

Team Stats

Offensive Rating: 104.7 (4th)

Defensive Rating: 104.7 (4th)

Pace: 78.0 (8th)

The good - They led the league in 3-pointers made in 2017 at 7.3 per game while shooting 36.3%. This clip isn’t that far off from the Chicago Sky’s league-leading 37.5% from beyond the arc. Averaging over 20 assists per game, good for third behind Minnesota and Chicago, Seattle is an unselfish team.

The bad - The Storm finished last in the league in offensive rebounding at 6.3 per game and 11th in rebounding at 31.2.

What has Seattle done in the offseason?

Key Absences: Ramu Tokashiki will miss the 2018 season.

Key Additions: Things are already trending upward with head coach Dan Hughes now at the helm. Seattle also acquired Natasha Howard from Minnesota, who will add more depth at the forward position.

Re-signings: Crystal Langhorne (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Noelle Quinn (2.8 apg) and Sami Whitcomb were all re-signed, while Courtney Paris was added as a free agent.

The Storm draft picks

The Storm will get the No. 5 and No. 29 overall picks.

What does the Storm need?

More than anything, Seattle needs a fresh start - and they got that with a new top dog in Hughes. Adding another defensive weapon, in addition to Howard, would also serve the Storm well to assist in its rebounding struggles, particularly.

With back-to-back Rookie of the Year candidates Jewell Lloyd and Breanna Stewart returning, and of course Sue Bird still wreaking havoc, Seattle could have all the right pieces for a ferocious comeback in 2018.