Topic: 15 Burning Questions
Most of these players won’t develop beyond what they’ve shown in college, so WYSIWYG. It’ll be difficult to develop players currently because several teams will need to win now to save themselves from possible folding. Given that these prospects, as whole, aren’t as gifted as the 2008 kids, many of whom remain on WNBA rosters for the tie being, they’ll really have to grind it out during training camp to earn the trust of their coaches.
In addition, there will be a premium on players who have the SIZE (most important) and SKILL to play two positions at the WNBA level. It could be a great year for the 6-1 athletic combo forward.
There are less jobs between the loss of Houston and the roster cuts. It will be tough for rookies and marginal veterans to make rosters. I don't think more than 10-12 players have a shot at making a roster this year.
It will obviously make it tougher to make a roster. However, I'm not sure if it will be much tougher. I mean, making a WNBA roster is already tough, this will make it just a tad bit tougher.
Obviously players that come in this season will need to prove that they re capable of being the first off the bench at their respective position because with 11 spots, that gives two spots per position and then a "utility player" of sorts. This will also make the decison-making of coaches more important.
The key will be the 11th spot. I expect the 11th player on the roster to be a player that can play multiple positions, most likely a wing who can go inside and out. Players like DeWanna Bonner, Christina Wirth, and Jillian Harmon come to mind.