After seeing the movie 'Draft Day,' with Kevin Costner last weekend, it's hard to think of anything as a 'done deal.' Even the 2014 WNBA Draft, which takes place Monday night on ESPN, start 8 ET/7 CT
Or a 'sure thing.' Ryan Leaf spoiled it for all of us.
It's going to be hard to beat last year's "Three To See" in the 2014 WNBA draft this evening. After all, Brittany Griner (#1 to Phoenix), Elena Delle Donne (#2 to Chicago Sky), and Skylar Diggins (#3-Oklahoma City) were something special last year. Each has lifted their team to heights they haven't been for awhile....or ever:
- The much-touted 6'8 Griner was a good fit with the Mercury. She might have been Rookie of the Year had it not been for a myriad of injuries that sidelined her for several games last season.
- 2013 Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne has transformed the game for the Chicago Sky, and helped put the Sky in the playoffs for the first time ever in franchise history.
- Skylar Diggins' Oklahoma City Shock jersey was the number-one selling jersey last season.
But consider this:
“The caliber of play from the last time I was here (coaching in the WNBA), for the four years I was gone, has jumped dramatically. The talent level has really risen and that’s the fun part about the draft now.”
Michael Cooper, new Atlanta Dream head coach
Here are my predictions for tonight's first-round. Don't take 'em to the bank or mortgage your home...just enjoy!
2014 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 1/ Token Female's Predictions:
1. Connecticut Sun (10-24) Chiney Ogwumike, F, Stanford
2. Tulsa Shock (11-23) Bria Hartley, G, UConn
3. San Antonio Stars (12-22) Shonni Schimmel, G, Louisville
4. New York Liberty (11-23) Odyssey Sims, G, Baylor
5. Indiana Fever (16-18) Stefanie Dolson, C, UConn
6. Washington Mystics (17-17) Kayla McBride, G, Notre Dame
7. Seattle Storm (17-17) Alyssa Thomas, G, Maryland
8. Atlanta Dream (17-17) Natasha Howard, F, Florida State
9. Indiana Fever (16-18) Meighan Simmons, G, Tennessee
10. Chicago Sky (24-10) Karla Simmons, C, Texas A&M
11. Connecticut Sun (10-24) Chelsea Gray, G, Duke
12. Minnesota Lynx (26-8) Natalie Achonwa, F, Notre Dame