Draft ’16 Winners and Losers

After last night’s draft, the question is, “Who won and who lost?” Well, I can say without question the long term winners of the draft are the Connecticut Sun. Not only did they already have a chance at winning the draft with picks 3 and 4, with which they took UConn Forward Morgan Tuck and Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham, they worked a trade with the Sparks and got George Washington Forward Jonquel Jones as the 6th pick. They also got Oregon State Guard Jamie Weisner and St. John’s guard Aliyyah Handford in 2nd and 3rd rounds. Sure, Seattle comes away with Breanna Stewart, consensus #1 and a possible league MVP in the coming years, but you have to admit that with with the picks the Sun got in this draft, as well as years past, they are officially stacked with talent, not to mention a promising new head coach in Curt Miller.

So who were the losers in this year’s draft? Honestly, I don’t think any single team lost out this year. The Sparks were the team I thought missed out on a great player in Jones, but they traded for Chelsea Gray, one of the best young point guards in the league. All in all I think every team league wide added depth and talent, and every young team looking to make the playoffs continued to bolster their rosters. I have to say that is what may be the most intriguing thing about the league this year: the parity of young talent that every single team seems to have right now. This draft was a deep one and in my mind only helped to continue to grow the talent around the WNBA. Every fan base in the the league should be excited about the players they now have thanks to not only this year’s draft but the past few drafts as well.

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