WNBA Draft Day!
Continuing my mandate to concentrate on sports with passionate fan bases among WaPo readers, I bring you the most extensive (I hope) live online Mystics draft day coverage in world history. If anyone else out there is live blogging this WNBA draft, you gotta let me know. I will say that, while I'm not super familiar with all the prospects in this year's draft, there's nothing more exciting than an empty draft board as the bearer of the first pick walks to the podium, which is why fantasy football draft day is universally acknowledged as the greatest day of the sports calendar. And as if I weren't already excited enough, the team is unveiling its new threads today, which could lead to potential swag opportunities for loyal readers. Sadly, it would appear they are not red white and blue.
To start, I figured I'd read up on what exactly the Mystics need. This is from Marc Carig's story this AM:
The Washington Mystics, who have the No. 6 pick overall, don't have any major needs entering the season.
But Washington would like to bolster its post game or address a possible future need at the small forward spot, where Crystal Robinson may be a candidate for retirement.
A candidate for retirement? I didn't know that's how it worked. Can I declare my candidacy? Do I need an exploratory committee? Anyhow, here's the Mystics' strategy:
[GM Linda] Hargrove didn't rule out the possibility of trading their first-round pick in a deal for a veteran player. The Mystics also have the 19th pick (second round) and 32nd (third round).
"It's not a great, great draft," Hargrove said. "It's an okay draft."
Okay! We'll take it!
Nancy Lieberman's ESPN mock draft has the first six thus, although this is far from consensus: Lindsey Harding to Phoenix, Ivory Latta to San Antonio, Armintie Price to Chicago, Jessica Davenport to Minnesota, Alison Bales to New York, leaving the Mystics with Texas forward Tiffany Jackson, who discussed trash-talking as part of her draft-day WNBA.com package:
"There's a point you don't want to cross. You don't want to be too rude to the point where people just have hate toward you, so you have to do it in a nice way."
In potential Bog superstar terms, that's about the worst thing she could have said. A nice trash-talker. Great. The next highest forward on Lieberman's board is Vandy's Carla Thomas, who is not the Queen of Memphis Soul, but rather the sister of former Virginia DB Art Thomas.
This message board mock draft has the Mystics taking UCLA's Noelle Quinn, while this Toad person, on the same message board, has the Mystics taking North Carolina's Camille Little. And USA Today's Oscar Dixon, who will be at today's Mystics draft day party at the ESPNZone, agrees with the Little pick; he has Latta all the way down at No. 7. Shocking.
(When you Google "WNBA Mock Draft," Google asks you if you meant "NBA Mock Draft." No, Google, I didn't.)
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