What Should We Expect from the Seattle Storm in 2020?

What Should We Expect from the Seattle Storm in 2020?

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WNBA / Seattle Storm
WNBA / Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm played well in conference in 2019, matching the LA Sparks’ 10-6 record. Where it went awry for the ladies of the emerald city was on the road, where they had a losing 7-10 record. But that didn’t stop them from taking the N0. 6 seed in the playoffs.

The breezed through the first round of the postseason, eliminating the Minnesota Lynx. But in the second round, the Los Angeles Sparks smashed the Seattle Storm 92-69 in single-elimination play. It’s alright though, the Connecticut sun swept the Sparks three games to none in a bit of cold comfort for Seattle fans.

Las Vegas and online shops like Bovada Sports haven’t released their futures odds for the 2020 season just yet. Surely, they’ll wait until we know more about roster changes and the upcoming WNBA Draft as we push deeper into the offseason.

WNBA Draft

The New York Liberty got a pretty significant silver lining to a disappointing season. In September, they were the team that pulled the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft lottery. Last season, they picked No. 2 and took Asia Durr. So, now the Liberty have a chance to add some serious talent to their roster.

But what does this mean for the Storm?

The Dallas Wings, Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream, Phoenix Mercury, and Minnesota Lynx all go ahead of the Seattle Storm in the 2020 draft. Everyone is predicting that the Liberty will take the Oregon Ducks guard, Sabrina Ionescu. Which makes sense, who wouldn’t want her? She’ broke the NCAA triple-double record in 2018 (both men’s and women’s) and is still racking them up.

If the Liberty don’t take Sabrina, they’ll likely take Lauren Cox. And if they do, Dallas is almost sure to take the Baylor forward. Other top prospects that are likely to fall off the board before Seattle gets a chance at them are Beatrice Mompremier, top forward out of Miami, Chennedy Carter, guard our of aTm, Crystal Dangerfield of UConn and Perhaps Mikayla Pivec out of Oregon State.

The Storm need some duel-purpose back-court help. And Tynice Martin would be a wise choice. She plays aggressive D and can score. She would help to create a fantastic depth-chart at guard. That said, if either Crystal Dangerfield or Chennedy Carter is still on the board when the Storms turn to pick comes around, then they’ll have some thinking to do. But with Sue Bird on the roster, we should expect the Storm to target more of a shooting guard than a point guard, but can you pass on a player like Chennedy Carter if available? She can dribble like Curry and hit shots from anywhere as well. No, one in the NCAA can create space off the dribble like Carter. So, despite ‘team needs’ she would make a more than viable target for the Storm.

2020 Expectations

We’ll have to see how this offseason plays out, but they should be bound for another playoff run. Breanna Stewart should be back, so with her back in the mix at forward and some fresh talent at guard, to help shoot the rock or back up Sue Bird, the Storm have a great opportunity to advance past the second round and plow on into the Finals. They have the talent and will have the depth by the time next season rolls around.

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