2018 WNBA Die Hards’ Mock Draft- First Round

  1. Las Vegas Aces
    A’ja Wilson- C- South Carolina: The consensus number one overall pick. This seems an easy selection for Las Vegas. Wilson has a plethora of accolades to go along with her impressive numbers in scoring and rebounding.
  2. Indiana Fever
    Kelsey Mitchell- PG- Ohio State: Indiana needs a point-guard, as they traded veteran guard Briann January this offseason. Mitchell is a future franchise player, and Coach Pokey Chatman should be wooed by her and her magnificent statistics and proven ability on and off the court.
  3. Chicago Sky
    Azurá Stevens- PF- Connecticut: A dynamic player who can both defend and score. This is a solid pick for Chicago who could develop Stevens into a force to be reckoned with in the league for years to come.
  4. Chicago Sky
    Diamond Deshields- SG- Tennessee: An offensive mastermind who could bring her pro-ready talents to Chicago right away. DeShields spent this past off-season playing professionally in Turkey, forgoing her last year of eligibility at the University of Tennessee. She offers the Sky some real shooting guard potential behind an already stacked backcourt.
  5. Seattle Storm
    Jordin Canada- PG- UCLA: Sue Bird isn’t getting any younger. It is no secret Seattle needs a back-up point-guard who can be molded to what Seattle needs in their floor leader. Canada brings just that with her experience at UCLA and national team play.
  6. Dallas Wings
    Gabby Williams- SF- Connecticut: Another player with unlimited potential, Williams makes up in talent and athleticism what she lacks in size. Her defensive ability seems to fit right in with a team who needs great defenders.
  7. Washington Mystics
    Maria Vadeeva- C- Russia: With Emma Meesseman missing the 2018 season for international play, Vadeeva seems like a fit for Washington. Vadeeva brings her professional experience to the table and it is hard to see Coach Mike Thibault passing up on this sensational center.
  8. Indiana Fever
    Marie Gulich – C- Oregon State: Gulich brings size to a smaller Indiana Fever team. The 6’5 Cologne, Germany native adds rebounding and defensive potential. Indiana already has the number two overall pick. Taking Gulich at number eight makes the Fever an automatic force in this competitive league.
  9. Connecticut Sun
    Lexie Brown- PG- Duke: Brown brings youth and versatility to an already young and dynamic Sun team. She is an all around player, bringing assists, scoring, defending and strength to accompany the exuberating flash Connecticut already brings to the league.
  10. New York Liberty
    Kia Nurse- SG- Connecticut: Nurse brings to the table an uncanny shooting ability to a New York Liberty team that could use a consistent shooter. Her defensive ability will also be a plus under a Katie Smith coached team that will pride themselves on prolific defense.
  11. Los Angeles Sparks
    Monique Billings- PF- UCLA: The Sparks already have Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker in their frontcourt. Adding Billings to groom and mold to a rebounding machine in this league seems like a no-brainer.
  12. Phoenix Mercury
    Arial Atkins- SG- Texas: Like Bird, Diana Taurasi isn’t getting any younger. Adding a prolific shooting guard like Atkins who can defend into the mix makes Phoenix an even stronger contender.

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