With the WNBA’s free agency signing period starting Friday February 1st there’s a chance for many franchises to add some much needed new faces to their squads. Title contenders are looking for their next rotation piece and upstarts are looking for the right player to get them over the hump. But in the Las Vegas Aces’ case which free agent could they benefit from signing the most?
With restricted free agent, Dearica Hamby and so many other players contracted until 2020 the Aces will have some hard choices to make. But let’s scrub all the financial woes of that WNBA front office’s will deal with and let’s stick to what we want to really talk about: BASKETBALL.
The Aces may just be one piece away from being a real title contender next season. Let’s see who could make an immediate impact for the women in black and gold.
As one of the youngest teams in the WNBA, the addition of a veteran would be huge for the Aces. Seimone Augustus could be that player and more next season. Augustus has a winner’s pedigree, four chips, and a lot of hardwood on her resume.
Augustus is one of the league’s greatest scorers even if her production has dwindled in recent years. She’s averaging the lowest scoring marks of her career at 10.8 points per game. Despite that Augustus can still serve as a spark plug off the bench or an elite third option in the Las Vegas starting line up.
Even at the tail end of her career, Augustus is a solid defender, and that’s just what the Aces need on the wing. If she signed today, she’d have the third best defensive rating of any Ace even though she averaged more minutes than the two players ahead of her combined. Getting another player that fills the stat sheet and anchors a defense would be the ultimate signing.
Gray is another solid defender that Las Vegas could use next season. At 5’11 she has the size to play both wing spots in the starting lineup. She’ll bring a huge scoring boost to boot with her ever-expanding offensive game.
As a career 40% three point shooter Gray brings something that few Aces possess, an elite outside stroke. She’s coming off her highest scoring season at 14.9 points on a loaded Los Angeles Sparks team. If she can continue her efficient play next to Plum and McBride they’ll combine for one of the best perimeter cores in the league.
Gray’s also an extraordinary playmaker. Last season she ranked sixth in assist, averaging 5.1 a game. This makes Gray the ultimate Swiss army knife allowing her to be a facilitator with other offensive dynamos on the court and get the rest of the team involved in different lineups. Gray’s unique blend of offensive and defensive production make her an ideal fit for play on the strip.
Allie Quigley is a 5-10 guard who will be an 11 year WNBA veteran this season. She’s a two-time Sixth woman of the year who has become more adept as a scorer over the past two seasons. In 2017 she averaged 16.4 points and 15.4 points per game in 2018.
Quigley has been one of the league’s best three-point shooters over the last two seasons. She’s finished in the top three of three-pointers made in each season totaling 150 makes. Just to add a little more icing to the three ball cake Quigley is also one of the most efficient shooters in WNBA history. She’s ranked 24th on the all time three point percentage list and tenth among active players. Just to add a cherry on top she holds the second highest volume of all current eligible players.
The three ball makes Quigley perfect for the Las Vegas Aces. The spacing she could bring to the team couple open the paint more for reigning Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson. Her familiarity of coming off the bench makes her fit even better knowing she can bring her offensive savvy to the second unit.