The WNBA Draft had many surprising picks; many first-round graded players slipped into the second round. But a lot of teams did well in the draft and got much need help. This year’s draft shows you it does not matter what people think; WNBA general managers and coaches have different draft boards than people that cover the WNBA. But there were some picks that I liked a lot.
Jasmine Walker was taken with the seventh pick of the draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Walker can shoot the basketball; she shot 39.8 % from three-point land and attempts about seven threes per game. Walker is a good spot shooter with a quick and high release. She will be an excellent spot-up shooter and pick and pop player for the Sparks. Also, Walker can guard both forward positions on the defensive end of the floor. Walker’s play this season moved her up man teams draft boards, and the Sparks took her at seven. Walker will give the Sparks a big that can shoot from the outside and defend, which is what Los Angeles needed.
Another excellent pick was the Connecticut Sun taking DiJonai Carrington; the Sun took Carrington in the second round of the draft. Carrington averaged 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Baylor this year. She also shot 42.6% from the field, and she is solid physically. Although she shot just 28.5% from three, she is a capable shooter from the outside; with more practice, she could become a reliable threat from beyond the arc. DiJonai will bring physicality and toughness to the Sun roster.
Both Walker and Carrington could be considerable assets to their teams. Walker’s shooting and defense will help the Sparks going forward. Carrington’s toughness and if she improves her outside shot, the big guard could be a massive steal for Connecticut.
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