The Minnesota Lynx traded its 2016 first round draft pick to the Atlanta Dream last year in a three-team trade involving Erika de Souza, Sylvia Fowles, Reshanda Gray, and Damiris Dantas. However, that didn’t stop the Lynx from making some noise in the 2016 WNBA Draft Thursday night.
With the 14th pick, Minnesota selected Jazmon Gwathmey out of James Madison University. Gwathmey averaged 20.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in her senior campaign. A short time later, the Lynx traded Gwathmey to San Antonio in exchange for veteran Jia Perkins. They then selected Tennessee Lady Vols superstar Bashaara Graves, at pick 22. Graves averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in her senior season, and is just one of five Lady Vols to net 1,500 points and snag 1,000 rebounds in her college career.
With their final pick, and the 35th pick overall, Minnesota selected 6-4 University of Southern California product Temi Fagbenle. After transferring from Harvard, Fagbenle led USC in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals, free throws made, and minutes played. Fagbenle won’t participate this season, as she finishes school and prepares for the Olympics.
Earlier in the offseason, Minnesota traded forward Devereaux Peters to Indiana in exchange for Natasha Howard. The Lynx also resigned guard Renee Montgomery and signed Katerina Elhotova, Porsha Roberts, Courtney Clements,and Keisha Hampton.
Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, and the Lynx tip off the season May 14 against Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, and the Phoenix Mercury, on ESPN.