Monday, April 03, 2006

Small Forward Draft Options

If Candace Dupree is still available Anne will take her. If not, she is taking either Anne Strother Barbara Turner La'Tangela Atkinson. I have no inside information, just based on her print and radio interviews and the likely available players, this is my bet.

Anne Strother
Floor %: 44%
Stop %: 66%
Off Rtg: 105.41
Def Rtg: 76.60

Barbara Turner
Floor %: 57%
Stop %: 74%
Off Rtg: 119.05
Def Rtg: 73.99

La'Tangela Atkinson
Floor %: 50%
Stop %: 66%
Off Rtg: 103.87
Def Rtg: 72.37

I disagree with Kevin Pelton and think Turner is the pick if all are still available with her stronger defense and solid shooting percentage. If Turner is gone I say Atkinson gets the nod. Trudi Lacey likes Turner's long range shooting in the pre-draft camp. Becky Hammon indicates some buzz around Turner in the camp in general. Penny Toler cites Strother and Zolman as standing out. Pat Coyle likes Turner and Strother. Richie Adubato wants a SF, so he may go for one of Kevin's three and leave Candace available.

Nancy Lieberman has Atkinson going at #8 and Strother at #10 but the rest of the "experts" have Atkinson available though Graham Hays and John Schuhmann have the Storm picking Strother over Atkinson. Matt Wurst and Nancy are behind the times thinking AD will pick Erin Grant or Sherill Baker when she already has said she will NOT pick a point guard with the #11 pick.

None of the experts are picking Turner, which is surprising because she put up similar numbers to Strother with less minutes. She doesn't take as many threes as Strother but gets to the free throw line significantly more often and is a much better rebounder, though undersized at the three.

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