Contemplating rookie stats

The top rookie performers this season don’t generally correspond to the 2015 draft board.

1. Dearica Hamby, San Antonio: 10 points, 6.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 6

2. Natalie Achonwa, Indiana: 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds. Draft pick: 9 (2014)

3. Chelsea Gray, Connecticut: 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 11 (2014)

4. Brittany Boyd, New York: 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 9

5. Jewell Loyd, Seattle: 8 points, 3.4 rebounds. Draft pick: 1

6. Ramu Tokashiki, Seattle: 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

7. Cayla Francis, Phoenix: 6.9 points, 4.7 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

8. Marianna Tolo, Los Angeles: 6 points, 3.4 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

9. Kiah Stokes, New York: 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 11

10. Cierra Burdick, Atlanta: 5.8 points, 4 rebounds. Draft pick: 14

11. Andrea Hoover, Los Angeles: 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 31

12. Jasmine Lister, Los Angeles: 5 points, 2.3 rebounds. Draft pick: not drafted

13. Erica Wheeler, Atlanta: 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds. Draft pick: not drafted

14. Amanda Zahui B., Tulsa: 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds. Draft pick: 2

15. Betnijah Laney, Chicago: 4.7 points, 3 rebounds. Draft pick: 17

16. Brianna Kiesel, Tulsa: 4.3 points, .09 rebounds. Draft pick: 13

17. Ally Malott, Washington: 3.6 points, 1.3 rebounds. Draft pick: 8

18. Clarissa Dos Santos, Chicago: 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds. Draft pick: International player, not drafted

19. Natasha Cloud, Washington: 3.3 points, 2.5 rebounds. Draft pick: 15

20. Alex Harden, Phoenix: 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds. Draft pick: 18

The next ten spots:

21. Jennifer O’Neill – not drafted

22. Kayla Thornton – not drafted

23. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis – draft pick 3

24. Elizabeth Williams – draft pick 4

25. Cheyenne Parker – draft pick 5

26. Jennifer Hamson – draft pick 23 (2014)

27. Samantha Logic – draft pick 10

28. Reshanda Gray – draft pick 16

29. Brittany Hrynko – draft pick 19

30. Inga Orekhova – International player, not drafted

Fascinating stuff.

What this seems to say, more than “don’t believe player rankings,” is that you just never know how a player’s game will translate from the college to pro level. It’s an unknown.