Welcome to the first edition of Wednesday Wings where we take a look at news stories surrounding the Dallas Wings from the last week.
The Wings opened their training camp roster with 16 players this year. They have one of the easiest task in the WNBA, only having to cut four players to get to their regular season roster.
As with every team there are core players, ones which should get a spot and the ones fighting for the end of the bench. Below is how the Wings will probably view their roster.
|Definite||Probable||Fighting for a spot|
|Skylar Diggins-Smith||Saniya Chong||Evelyn Akator|
|Liz Cambage||Kaela Davis||Loryn Goodwin|
|Karima Christmas-Kelly||Theresa Plaisance||Ruth Hamblin|
|Aliisha Gray||Aerial Powers||Breanna Lewis|
|Glory Johnson||Kayla Thornton||Natalie Butler|
The six definite players are easy to figure. Skylar Diggins-Smith is the leader of this team. Karima Christmas-Kelly and Glory Johnson are the heart and soul. Aliisha Gray surprised many last season by winning Rookie of the Year.
Azura Stevens was the steal of the draft and has the highest ceiling of anyone drafted for the past two years. Australian Liz Cambage was the Wings biggest signings of the winter. At 6’8″ she gives the Wings a size they have not had since the Tulsa Shock days when they had … Liz Cambage.
Of the probable players, Theresa Plaisance adds a size and range and Aerial Powers is a tremendous backup at the guard position. The other three, Saniya Chong, Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis will have grown with the experience of last season.
This leaves one roster spot which is open, last year Evelyn Akator and Breanna Lewis will be front runners as they played with the team last season. Ruth Hamblin had a strong season with the Adelaide Lightening in the WNBL and you will not find a harder worker.
Loryn Goodwin and Natalie Butler are the other draftees of this year. They will bring enthusiasm and energy but will probably not make the regular season roster.
The Wings start their preseason on the 7th of May against the New York Liberty in Connecticut. Then on the 8th of May the Wings take on the Connecticut Sun again in Connecticut.
The Wings play a third preseason game on the 13th of May against the Las Vegas Aces in Texas. They have the shortest turnaround of any teams as they play the first regular season game against the Phoenix Mercury in Phoenix.
Come back next Wednesday for the second edition of Wednesday Wings.