Making a WNBA roster is arguably one of the hardest things to do in professional sports. Not only are you competing with college basketball’s biggest stars but stars from the best overseas leagues.
Now that training camps across the league began 18 women in Dallas fight for 12 regular season roster spots. Here are the levels of likeliness that each player makes it into those 12 coveted spots. The names are in no particular order in their respective tiers.
Alisha Gray – The 2017 Rookie of the Year is SAFE. In a year where starting point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith won’t be available for most if not all of this year. This could be a breakout year for Gray especially if Liz Cambage is traded or sits out for the season.
Liz Cambage – The first-team All-NBA center requested a trade in January but is still a lock to be Wing come opening day.
Skylar Diggins-Smith – Just a few days after giving birth the Wings starting point guard was spotted at training camp. With that said there’s probably no one more safe in the room.
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Arike Ogunbowale – This clutch top 5 pick is projected to be an integral piece for this season. The future of the franchise has nothing to worry about.
Azurá Stevens – 2018’s first round pick is in route to a larger role this season. She’ll definitely return to the court as a Wing.
Glory Johnson – Johnson is one of three players with six years of WNBA service coming into camp. She’ll make the team on the strength of veteran savvy alone.
Theresa Plaisance – 18 months after ACL surgery Plaisance is ready for the big time. This heady vet will earn her spot without a doubt.
Kayla Thornton – Thornton is one of the three top scorers returning from last year’s playoff team. As one of the team’s best defenders, it’ll be hard to exclude her from the final roster.
On the bubble:
Tayler Hill – As one of the elder statesmen of the group Hill seems to be secure on this year’s roster. Even after limited minutes last season her tenure in the league is exactly what Dallas’ new coach is looking for. Her spot on this team comes into question when you factor the number of guards invited to training camp and the talent coming in from the draft.
Megan Gustafson – The undersized center had a prolific college career but will her game translate to the WNBA? If she can overcome her stature on defense, she’ll fit into Agler’s defensive system.
Kaela Davis – Davis is one of the most versatile players on this roster. At 6’2 the guard/forward is coming into her third season in the league and could be in for her largest role this season. Her size and youth will keep her in favor with the coaching staff.
Nicole Seekamp – The Australian is earning her first go in the WNBA going undrafted in 2016. The WNBL and Polish league vet is ready for the big time after playing against WNBA talent overseas. She’s one of 9 guards invited to training camp if she can adjust to the speed of the game she’ll be a great backup.
Cayla George – The most seasoned professional player on this list, this will be George’s 4th year in the league. The only true center to report to training camp, see Cambage’s entry, her size alone will make it hard for decision-makers to look twice at a spot on the team. Cayla’s lack of playing time and production brings her security into question.
Morgan Bertsch – This 6’4” biomedical engineer is coming off one of the best seasons in UC Davis basketball history. She brings size and sweet shooting streak to the team. Showing her complete package on the court should etch her name onto the Wings roster. Coming from one of the weaker conferences in college basketball may draw questions to the lack of competition she faced. If she doesn’t produce in early in camp, she may not make the roster.
Kennedy Burke – The Wings’ third draft pick is known for the defensive intensity she showed at UCLA. Lucky for her coach Agler loves feisty, defensive-minded players. She’ll be in a jersey in the regular season if she can convince coach she’s ready to perform on the next level. Burke’s poor three point shooting could be the only thing that keeps her off the roster.
Brooke McCarty – At 5’4” McCarty is the shortest player vying to make this Wings’ roster. Last year she averaged 19 points and 6 assists playing on the Finish league. If this young guard can continue that production over the next few weeks she could take a spot on the final roster.
Leticia Romero – In limited minutes last season (146) Romero made her WNBA debut. With a glut of guards on this training camp roster, she must show improvement on the promise she showed last year. She’ll have an uphill battle against nine other guards to reserve her spot.
Maggie Lucas – Lucas is a four year WNBA veteran. After appearing in Dallas’ last game of the season Lucas is a bit of an unknown to the team. If she can prove that experience as a backup point guard is what this team needs then she’ll suit up with Dallas full time. Prior to the game, she played with the Wings the Dream released her while recovering from an ACL tear. If the effect of the injury is still lingering, then her chances of making the team are low.