The 2015 WNBA Draft is in two days and the San Antonio Stars have two draft selections in the first round thanks to the trade with the Indiana Fever. The 2015 WNBA Draft was originally declared a weak draft because the players involved were not stars or super stars. That all changed last week when sophomore sensation Amanda Zahui B declared early for the draft, making draft selection easier for WNBA teams. It became a better draft when star guard Jewell Loyd also declared early for the draft which meant that teams were now selecting even higher quality players in their draft picks. The San Antonio Stars got lucky in this aspect with the sixth and ninth pick in the first round. So without further ado, let’s get into who the Stars should pick.
Yesterday, Stephen Anderson wrote who the Stars should pick with their selections. Today, I’m going to present two other players the Stars could draft with the 6th and the 9th pick.
#6 – Crystal Bradford, G, CMU
Crystal Bradford would a perfect fit for the San Antonio Stars as the other two best players available are point guards (Cal’s Brittany Boyd and Iowa’s Samantha Logic.) The Stars don’t need to add another point guard as they have a young All Star point guard in Danielle Robinson who can handle playing a ton of minutes. Crystal Bradford averaged 19.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game in her senior season and would help the Stars bench immediately. She would also help solve the rebounding problem the Stars have had for several years.
#9 – Reshanda Gray, F, California
For the first draft pick, the Stars should select the best player available. However, for the Stars second pick in the first round, they should look to address their weaknesses on the roster. One of the weaknesses on the roster is the lack of forwards behind Danielle Adams and Sophia Young-Malcolm. This is why the Stars should draft forward Reshanda Gray. She would help with the bench depth and be a compliment to the starters. In her senior season, Reshanda Gray averaged 17.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game in just under 27 minutes per game. Reshanda Gray wouldn’t have to play big minutes and she could provide the scoring boost when both Sophia Young-Malcolm and Danielle Adams need a break.
The Stars are clearly in the reloading mode in which Dan Hughes wants to add good young players to his already solid starting five. In a tough Western Conference, the Stars are going to need all the fire power they can get. Whoever the Stars pick, it shall be an interesting draft night. It all tips off at 7 pm EST/6 pm local time on ESPN2 this Thursday, April 16. Make sure to follow @sastarshoops and my twitter handle @whoopsblogger on tweets from the draft all night.
The Stars will open the 2015 season on June 5 against the defending champion Phoenix Mercury before hosting the Tulsa Shock for their home opener on June 14 at Freeman Coliseum.