The San Antonio Stars get their season started in one day, and it should be an interesting season. The Stars will have a very competitive Western Conference to play against as three teams (Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks) are all championship contenders. They will also have to play against an upstart (Tulsa Shock) and a perennial playoff team (Seattle Storm).
The Stars have exceptional talent in Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm. They also have great talent in Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams. The Stars will need these 4 players along with savvy vets Jia Perkins, Shameka Christon and young players Jayne Appel and Shenise Johnson to play well if the Stars want to make the playoffs.
After the 2013 season in which the Stars finished 15-19, they secured the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft and selected Kayla McBride from Notre Dame. McBride’s impact as a rookie will also be important as she becomes a vital piece for the San Antonio Stars present and future.
Last season, the Stars struggled to score without their two best players Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm. This season, that won’t be an issue, however they will need to address rebounding which is still a major concern for this team. While Jayne Appel was one of the top centers in rebounds, she will need more help from other players as there are many great top WNBA rebounding teams in the Western Conference.
If the Stars stay healthy, defend and rebound, they can be a playoff team. In the end, it will come down to how the stars perform and lead the team.
OUTLOOK: Stars finish with a record of 18-16, and finish 4th in the Western Conference.