With the San Antonio Stars season just a couple of days away from tipping off, it’s time to preview the season and what to expect from the Stars in 2015.
This season will have a different feel to it than previous seasons simply because of two factors: Becky Hammon is no longer playing, but will most likely visit often and the Stars are not playing at the AT&T Center because of renovations and will play at the Freeman Coliseum. It might take players and the coaching staff to adjust to the changes, so expect the first game to be a bit rusty.
Speaking of players, the lineup will look a bit different as Shenise Johnson was traded to the Indiana Fever and Shameka Christon left in free agency. The Stars added Dearica Hamby from the draft and Alex Montgomery and Toni Young. Others could be added as the deadline to cut players is on June 3rd. Kayla McBride is coming off a foot injury as well as Danielle Adams so it might take them some time to regain to their form. Expect to see some growth from Kayla McBride and Danielle Robinson as both adjust to their new roles. Both will also have the ability to become All-Stars this year as well.
This may not sit well with fans, but this season should be seen as a developing year as the Stars fall into a category of not championship contenders but not contending for the #1 pick next year either. They will have a tough time in the difficult Western Conference making the playoffs as the Sparks and the Lynx are championship contenders. The Mercury and The Shock are expected to be playoff contenders. The Stars have to play the Shock and the Lynx more than the other teams overall and the Stars have struggled to win against the Lynx in previous years. The Shock are expected to better than previous years and so the Stars will have to battle to earn wins from Tulsa.
It may be difficult to watch some games of the Stars this season as they compete with some really great teams and will have to battle with teams they used to win against easily in other years. Head coach Dan Hughes has done an incredible job over the years of maximizing his talent to make them the best players and developing his younger players but this may be the year that might not be enough.
The Stars will open the 2015 season on June 5 against the defending champion Phoenix Mercury before hosting the Tulsa Shock for their home opener on June 14 at Freeman Coliseum.