Wnba predictions today

Wnba predictions today

No. 1, New York Liberty: Sabrina Ionescu, G, Oregon

Logan: Ionescu is the 2020 draft’s defining prospect. She finished her senior season last month as one of the most decorated college athletes of all time. The two-time Wooden Award Winner will boost the suddenly rebuilding Liberty.

New York traded franchise cornerstone Tina Charles to the Washington Mystics in a three-team deal for a bevy of draft picks, Friday’s Nos. 9 and 15 picks. The Liberty will look much different than the squad Ionescu expected. Nonetheless, guard Layshia Clarendon will provide veteran leadership.

Kerith: I saw some people wonder if the Liberty would do something outrageous like trade the pick to get a massive collection of talent, but Sabrina is that massive talent. She’s a generational talent. You DO NOT miss an opportunity to have a star like this, someone poised to become one of the most recognizable faces in the WNBA and women’s sports at large.

New York City loves a star, and four years in Eugene, Ore. mean Sabrina brings skill, maturity, showmanship and fire to the Big Apple. Hot damn!

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No. 2, Dallas Wings: Satou Sabally, F, Oregon

Kerith: I feel pretty good saying Oregon Ducks will go 1-2 in the draft. Dallas is rebuilding after saying goodbye to Skyler Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage in the last year. They have a collection picks, even after they gave up Nos. 9 and 15 in the Charles trade in exchange for Washington’s first-round pick in 2021 and NY’s second-round pick in 2021.

Sabally leaves Oregon as a junior and the school’s seventh-leading scorer of all time. She’s an athletic, double-double go-getter. When you have a chance to get the nation’s best small forward, do it.

I’m tempted to say Dallas picks the home state girl, Baylor’s Lauren Cox. It would be a good story for the All-American, but I won’t get cute.

Logan: Sabally will be an elite scorer for the Wings, capable of scoring in bunches.

She averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season. Sabally scored 25 points against Team USA and helped Oregon upset a team filled with Olympians like Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles. As she showed in Eugene, she can be the perfect second piece for a contender for years to come.

Image courtesy AP Photo/John Locher

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