Welcome to the first edition of Stormy Saturday where we take a look at stories for the Seattle Storm for the week.
The Seattle Storm had an underwhelming season in 2017. So much so they fired head coach Jenny Boucek and have hired Dan Hughes. True to new coach form, Hughes rang the changes. Carolyn Swords went in free agency, Courtney Paris, who used to play for Hughes came in.
The Storm also traded for Natasha Howard in an effort to shore up their front court. This is especially vital since Ramu Tokashiki is missing the season through national team commitments.
This leaves the Storm with 16 players on their training camp roster. Here is how the Storm probably view that roster.
|Definite||Probable||Fighting for a spot|
|Sue Bird||Natasha Howard||Aleksandra Crvendakic|
|Jordin Canada||Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis||Khaalia Hillsman|
|Alysha Clark||Courtney Paris||Brittany McPhee|
|Crystal Langhorne||Noelle Quinn||Teana Muldrow|
|Jewell Loyd||Sami Whitcomb||Emily Potter|
The Storm have a very easy definite six. Sue Bird is a top ten player of all time. She has still got a couple of years to give for the Storm. She will use this time mentoring Jordin Canada, allowing for a reasonably smooth transition.
Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart are talents which will leave their imprint of the league for a long time. Crystal Langhorne and Alysha Clark are solid contributors to this team.
On the probable list Natasha Howard and Courtney Paris will rotate through the front court. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is a spark of the bench who keeps the score moving when she is on the court.
Sami Whitcomb and Noelle Quinn have the ability to keep the Storm in games. Whitcomb is a sharp-shooting spark plug, when she gets going she can win a game off her own hot hand.
This leaves a single roster spot open for one of the players fighting for a spot. Unless the Storm sign any waived players, this will go to the most impressive at training camp.
The Storm open their preseason by hosting the Phoenix Mercury on the 8th of May. They then travel to Phoenix for a return preseason game on the 12th of May.
The Storm then open their season against the Mercury on the 20th of May in Seattle.
Come back next week for the second edition of Stormy Saturdays.