The wild WNBA 2014 Draft

Draft board:


1 Connecticut Sun (10-24), Chiney Ogwumike
2 Tulsa Shock (11-23), Odyssey Sims
3 San Antonio Stars (12-22), Kayla McBride
4 New York Liberty (11-23), Alyssa Thomas
5 Indiana Fever (16-18), Natasha Howard
6 Washington Mystics (17-17), Stefanie Dolson
7 Seattle Storm (17-17), Bria Hartley
8 Atlanta Dream (17-17), Shoni Schimmel
9 Indiana Fever (16-18), Natalie Achonwa
10 Chicago Sky (24-10), Markeisha Gatling
11 Connecticut Sun (10-24), Chelsea Gray
12 Minnesota Lynx (26-8), Tricia Liston


1 (13) Tulsa Shock (11-23), Jordan Hooper
2 (14) New York Liberty (11-23), Tyaunna Marshall
3 (15) Minnesota Lynx (26-8), Asya Bussie
4 (16) San Antonio Stars (12-22), Astou Ndour
5 (17) Phoenix Mercury (19-15), Tiffany Bias
6 (18) Atlanta Dream (17-17), Inga Orekhova
7 (19) Seattle Storm (17-17), Michelle Plouffe
8 (20) Atlanta Dream (17-17), Cassie Harberts
9 (21) Phoenix Mercury (19-15), Maggie Lucas
10 (22) Chicago Sky (24-10), Gennifer Brandon
11 (23) Los Angeles Sparks (24-10), Jennifer Hamson
12 (24) Minnesota Lynx (26-8), Christina Foggie


1 (25) Connecticut Sun (10-24), DeNesha Stallworth
2 (26) New York Liberty (11-23), Meighan Simmons
3 (27) Tulsa Shock (11-23), Theresa Plaisance
4 (28) San Antonio Stars (12-22), Bri Kulas
5 (29) Indiana Fever (16-18), Haiden Palmer
6 (30) Washington Mystics (17-17), Carley Mijovic
7 (31) Seattle Storm (17-17), Mikaela Ruef
8 (32) Washington Mystics (17-17), Kody Burke
9 (33) Phoenix (19-15), Stephanie Talbot
10 (34) Chicago Sky (24-10), Jamierra Faulkner
11 (35) Los Angeles Sparks (24-10), Antonita Slaughter
12 (36) Minnesota Lynx (26-8), Asia Taylor

But not so fast. The Liberty and Sun then made a trade: Tina Charles to New York for Kelsey Bone and Alyssa Thomas to Connecticut, plus the Liberty’s first-round draft pick next year.

I was not surprised by this, as I’d heard rumors about how unhappy Charles was in Connecticut prior to last season even being over. It was just a matter of which team she would get traded to.

According to one reporter, Charles said she wouldn’t play this season if she wasn’t traded.

Then there was still more: the Storm dealt Bria Hartley to the Mystics, along with Tianna Hawkins, in exchange for Crystal Langhorne. This reunited Hartley with Stefanie Dolson.

More on the draft:

Draft blog.

Being picked number one is an Ogwumike family tradition.

Favor musings:

– Deepest draft in years.
– I bet Natasha Howard being drafted so high surprised many fans.
– I’m glad Markeisha Gatling was a first-rounder. She has been underrated.
– Wow – the Connecticut Sun has assembled quite the team. Some of my favorite players there now. They BETTER make the playoffs this year, with all those good ballers.
– Tricia Liston wasn’t invited to the draft, and got picked 12th.
– I’m so happy to see Jordan Hooper, Tyaunna Marshall, Asya Bussie, Tiffany Bias, Michelle Pflouffe, Cassie Harberts, Maggie Lucas and Gennifer Brandon get picked up in the second round, especially. Harberts reunited with coach Michael Cooper could be really special.
– Meighan Simmons dropped further than some fans thought she would. Theresa Plaisance did indeed get picked up. Haiden Palmer, Mikaela Ruef, Kody Burke, Antonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor are the surprises at the end of this year’s draft.
– San Antonio’s picks will be puzzling for the average fan.
– What will Tulsa do with two point guards? I was thinking they’d try to trade Odyssey Sims.
– So basically the Sparks are saying they got all they needed from pre-draft trades?
– How are the Storm going to fill Lauren Jackson’s shoes with whom they picked up?
– The Chicago Sky are going to be as tall as the sky.
– In 2001 the Fever drafted Tamika Catchings, who had recently torn her ACL and wouldn’t be available until the following year. Today Indiana took Natalie Achonwa, who’s in the same situation. Do they have a feeling about Achonwa like they obviously did with Catch?
– The New York Liberty are about to be very good, methinks. Ditto the Atlanta Dream, because fans don’t know how good Celine Dumerc is yet.

Training camp starts April 27.

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  1. thx sue – really appreciate draft consolidation….agree re tulsa…already had sky & angel SHARING point…add to that another "small" star in riquna…with liz's wnba future in question, seemingly every season, may have traded down for stefanie…do love glory & tiff jax tho.

  2. What a draft, loved almost every minute of it (wth in 2nd hour barely mentioned what picks were)

    What I will be watching for in 2014 WNBA Season:
    — Connecticut Sun…Wow…lost alot but got a great future in exchange
    — Will be checking for My PAC-12 ladies especially Gennifer Brandon what a life story there
    — New York look at you T. Charles,Essence,Cappie no excuses now right?
    — Favor SAS is building for future…Hammon is pushing 40…Ndour could be 6-6 beast for them…
    — Can't wait see PHO matchup vs Sims and Schimmel
    — My favs Sparks,Mystics will 2014 be kind to them? We shall see..

    And on a non-draft note:

    Favor is the 2015 Draft Class really so bad?
    I mean outside Mosqueda-Lewis I really think there are some gems there.
    I really hope you speak on this in the future

  3. Before long, the number of sub-six-footers in the WNBA will be minimal. To even earn a spot in the league at that size will require something extraordinary skill-wise (e.g. Hammon's vision, Sims's game, Shimmel's handle and shooting, freakish athleticism like R. Williams or J. Loyd). Why keep a Diggins or Hartley when you can get the same thing from a player two or three inches taller and 15 or 20 pounds stronger?

    Given that,I'm baffled by so many teams passing on Dolson. I can think of no team whose offense wouldn't benefit from her post passing and overall court sense. Are there concerns about her capabilities on D? about her durability?
    Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered am I!

    @texsbill: Glory Johnson is my favorite player in the league…amazing the growth she showed last season…can't wait to see some new accessories!

    @510: Were not the same Texans harboring the same expectations for another foreign (South American?) "beast" not all that long ago?