Why You Should Watch The WNBA

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While you are sitting there waiting for the NFL season to start up you are missing out on something great. The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has been broadcasting amazing talent this season. Players such as Skylar Diggins-Smith, Elena Delle Donne, Breanna Stewart, Dianna Taurasi, and newcomer A’ja Wilson have been tearing it up lately. The WNBA has the parity that a national sports league needs.

If you appreciate the sport down to its very core then you should definitely give the WNBA a try. These women are the best in the world at what they do and prove it on a nightly basis. The following is a video of Skylar Diggins-Smith scoring a career-high 35 points vs the Indiana Fever.

 

The WNBA may not be a fast paced high scoring league but you can appreciate that these women play the game correctly and will not shy away from showcasing their talent. One could argue that the WNBA has a lot more talent than other leagues because these women have to rely on the fundamentals of basketball instead of cruising by with athleticism.

My favorite WNBA team is the Atlanta Dream. The Atlanta Dream have star forward Angel McCoughtry returning to the lineup after sitting out last season to nurse injuries. McCoughtry is known for her high volume scoring and clutch shots. Now that she has returned the Atlanta Dream look exciting again and hope to return to the playoffs this season.

The Atlanta Dream have players such as Tiffany Hayes, Brittney Sykes, Jessica Breeland, and Elizabeth Williams who bring their A game every night. I implore you to consider choosing the Atlanta Dream as your favorite team in the WNBA as they are one of the more exciting teams in the league. The following video shows you Angel McCoughtry doing what she does best.

 

We all can help the WNBA expand its league by simply acknowledging its presence. The WNBA is full of exciting talent and I suggest that you take the time out of your day and watch a game or two. Each team has at least one-star player so you will not be missing out on A+ efforts. Pick a team and become a fan today and show our women the love they deserve.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

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WNBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Dream Pick-by-Pick Analysis

The WNBA draft for the Atlanta Dream went about as perfect as it could have for a team without a first round selection. The Dream traded what eventually became the 3rd overall pick in exchange for Imani Boyette, Tamara Young, and a 2nd round pick. Boyette and Young are solid players but they didn’t get the Dream over the hump last season. Star forward Angel McCoughtry is returning to the team after taking last season off to heal some nagging injuries. Barring that news, The Atlanta Dream traded their 2016 first round pick Bria Holmes, who is slated to be out for the season due to pregnancy, to the Connecticut Sun for the 16th overall selection in the WNBA draft.  The following is my pick-by-pick analysis for the Dream’s draft selections:

2nd Round 15th Overall UCLA F Monique Billings 

Monique Billings is the most energetic player on both ends in the entire draft.  Billings led the Pac-12 in rebounds and double-doubles in her final collegiate season. Billings averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the UCLA Bruins. Monique Billings holds the UCLA women’s basketball record for blocks with 228 and is 2nd in all time rebounds Bruin history. With the departure of longtime dream Forward Sancho Lyttle, the Dream sorely needed front court depth and have acquired a player that could anchor the team down low. Billings should start right away and create a fantastic tandem with Center Elizabeth Williams.

2nd Round 16th overall Baylor Guard Kristy Wallace 

Wallace is one of the best point guards in the WNBA draft this year. Wallace led the Lady Bears in assists in her junior and senior seasons. Wallace averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 5 rebounds per game coupled with 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kristy Wallace was also selected for the All Big 12 first team as well as the Big 12 All-Defensive team. The Dream have been needing point guard depth for a while now even before the acquisition of Layshia Clarendon who was an all star reserve last season. With this selection of Kristy Wallace the Dream will now have someone who will set the tone on both ends of the court. Wallace tore her ACL before the end of her senior season but that shouldn’t stop her from being on contributor for the Atlanta Dream.

3rd Round 27th overall Georgia Forward Mackenzie Engram 

Engram was All-SEC for the 2018 season and is the first draft selection from the University of Georgia since 2016. Engram averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while starring for the Lady Bulldogs. She is the sister of Evan Engram who was selected by the New York Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mackenzie will bring tenacity to the Dream’s roster and help make this team be a force down low for years to come grant it that she makes this talented Dream roster.

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