The Connecticut Sun surprised many WNBA fans last year by making the playoffs. Now they have to prove that they belong in the upper echelons of the WNBA.
The Connecticut Sun had the most improved year last year. This year, they are back with all the same players plus they have added Chiney Ogwuminke back into the mix. They were also able to add quality reserves in Cayla George and Leticia Romero.
In the draft they added quality in Lexie Brown. They also traded for Bria Holmes who is sitting out the season due to pregnancy. Their biggest offseason loss was assistant coach Nikki Collen. Both Collen and head coach Curt Miller have been together for a long time.
However, Miller has entered training camp with 19 players on the squad. This is probably how they view their roster.
|Definite||Probable||Fighting for a spot|
|Jonquel Jones||Rachel Banham||Tyra Buss|
|Chiney Ogwumike||Alex Bentley||Nikki Greene|
|Shekinna Stricklen||Lexie Brown||Bria Holmes|
|Jasmine Thomas||Cayla George||Jessica January|
|Alyssa Thomas||Leticia Romero||Brionna Jones|
|Courtney Williams.||Morgan Tuck||Betnijah Laney
The Sun have one of the deepest rosters in the WNBA. However, their best six certainly shined last year. Jonquel Jones, last years rebounding champion is a lock. She came out last year in a way that most basketball players dream of. Chiney Ogwumike is still the face of the franchise and an impressively talented player.
Shekinna Striklen is the key to it all working with her floor spacing ability and Alyssa Thomas played well enough to be an all-star last year.
Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams are a tremendous starting combination at the guard spots. However, there is so much talent on the bench still.
Rachel Banham is a lights out 3-point shooter, when she has confidence in her knee. Morgan Tuck is a solid contributor who deserve more respect than she gets.
Alex Bentley is a starting caliber point guard who has taken a bench role due to how well the starters were playing when she came back from her knee injury. Lexie Brown was slated to go higher in the draft but surely has to be seen as the future Sun point guard.
Leticia Romero has the talent to create offense where none should have existed such is her ability to pass. Cayla George is a floor spacing front court player who also has a tremendous defensive motor.
There is still plenty of competition for spots though. Kayla Pederson and Brionna Jones are experienced in the league. Fortunately for Romero Bria Holmes has the season out or she would have been a lock for a reserve guard spot.
The Sun open their preseason by hosting the Los Angeles Sparks on May the 7th. They then play an away game at home on the 8th of May against the Dallas Wings on the 8th of May. Finally the Sun play the Atlanta Dream at the Webster Bank Arena in Connecticut on the 11th of May.
The Sun then open their regular season on the 20th of May when they host the Las Vegas Aces.
Make sure to come back next week to Sunday Sun when we discuss the weeks happenings.