WNBA Draft 2016: Stars No. 2 slot provides new opportunities
The 2016 WNBA draft takes place this evening, and the San Antonio Stars hold the coveted second overall pick, not to mention the 25th pick and first pick of round three.
Coming off a tough season, in which they did not make the playoffs, the Stars have a great opportunity to better the team with their selections in this year’s draft. While Breanna Stewart, the 6’4” forward out of the University of Connecticut, seems locked in as the first overall pick, the Stars still have some great prospects to choose from. The various options available provide the Stars with a tough choice and it all depends on what direction the team wants to go this year.
Following Stars’ franchise player Sophia Malcolm-Young’s retirement, the Stars need to fill in the 3 spot. A great outside shooter that defends well would be ideal for the silver and black. However, there also exist some great guard options, a position the Stars might also want to revamp.
Aside from Stewart, other names being mentioned as going early in the draft are UConn Guard, Moriah Jefferson, Minnesota Guard, Rachel Banham, and Michigan State Forward, Aerial Powers. While the Stars will seemingly go for a Small Forward or Guard, ESPN analysts Carolyn Peck and Rebecca Lobo believe that the Stars will undoubtedly select Moriah Jefferson with the 2nd overall pick in this draft. If that is the case, the Stars would definitely benefit due to the quickness and her abilities as a Point Guard. Lobo even praised Jefferson’s improvement in three-point shooting calling her a “huge threat from the three-point line.”
Selecting a Point Guard might be the best option for the Stars considering the current Point Guard, Danielle Robinson, is out recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.
Whatever the case, the Stars number two pick gives the team the chance to bring in a new and talented player to help in making San Antonio a winning team again.