WNBA training camps open today and after a brief overview of the Eastern Conference rosters yesterday, today we do the same with the Western Conference rosters.
The same caveats that applied to yesterday’s post apply here, though I might add a brief note about some of the things that stand out as anomalies, with Penny Taylor being particularly interesting here.
Most people wouldn’t consider Taylor a “distributor”, choosing instead to reserve that label for point guards. However what’s interesting about Taylor is that she created assists at a higher rate than many players who filled the “point guard” slot and was by far one of the most efficient distributors in the league. She’s a big loss, but without a proven point guard on the team her ability to facilitate scoring opportunities for others will be as big a loss as anything else.
At the other end of the distributor spectrum, it’s interesting that the L.A. Sparks are currently without anyone who classified as a distributor last season (and Sharnee’ Zoll didn’t exactly qualify in her last season of play either, albeit limited). But what’s interesting is that despite their lack of a pure distributor, they have a number of versatile players who are capable of distributing the ball. The interesting challenge for them this season will be whether they can overcome their lack of a true distributor (as the roster stands now) with their versatile set of players. That also obviously has major implications for clearing up what is a clear log jam on the perimeter – any of those rookies has an opportunity to make the roster if they prove they can fill that distributor spot.
Western Conference Rosters
Players in alphabetical order organized by player styles. Player names linked to WNBA.com profiles.
Rookies eligible for the 2012 WNBA Draft are indicated with an asterisk.
Los Angeles Sparks
Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility
Alana Beard Farhiya Abdi *
Darxia Morris Nicky Anosike DeLisha Milton-Jones Khadijah Rushdan *
Ebony Hoffman Jenna O’Hea Ashley Shields Jantel Lavender Candace Parker April Sykes *
Nneka Ogwumike *
Kristi Toliver Tyra White *
Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility Nika Baric *
Seimone Augustus Jessica Adair Taj McWilliams-Franklin Erin Thorn Queralt Casas *
Rebekkah Brunson Devereaux Peters *
Lindsay Whalen Jacki Gemelos *
Damiris Dantas *
Julie Wojta *
Tavelyn James *
Amber Harris Maya Moore Jasmine Lee *
Porsche Poole *
Kayla Standish *
Brittany Rayburn *
Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility Alexis Gray-Lawson C’eira Ricketts *
DeWanna Bonner Alexis Hornbuckle Samantha Prahalis *
Candice Dupree Amanda Johnson *
Penny Taylor ** Diana Taurasi Christine Flores *
Charde Houston Nakia Sanford Krystal Thomas
** Taylor is injured and will miss the 2012 season.
San Antonio Silver Stars Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility Tully Bevilaqua Shameka Christon Danielle Adams Tangela Smith Becky Hammon Shenise Johnson *
Jayne Appel Sophia Young Loree Moore Kalisha Keane Cierra Bravard *
Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility Sue Bird Ashley Corral *
Rachel Allison Camille Little Silvia Dominguez Dellena Criner Alysha Clark Allie Quigley Victoria Dunlap Ashley Gayle *
Tina Thompson Katie Smith Lauren Jackson Shekinna Stricklen *
Ewelina Kobryn Tanisha Wright Lindsay Taylor Jacqua Williams Ann Wauters
Distributor Perimeter Interior Mixed/Utility Temeka Johnson Amber Holt Vicki Baugh *
Ivory Latta Chante Black (?)
Jennifer Lacy Jene Morris Elizabeth Cambage Kayla Pedersen Scholanda Robinson Tiffany Jackson Riquna Williams *
Glory Johnson *
Shanna Crossley (?)
Lynetta Kizer *
What are your initial thoughts on each team’s roster? Which teams do you think will have the most difficult decisions to make?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Poll Who will claim first place in the Western Conference in the 2012 WNBA regular season?
- Los Angeles Sparks
- Minnesota Lynx
- Phoenix Mercury
- San Antonio Silver Stars
- Seattle Storm
- Tulsa Shock
- Too soon to tell
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