In the opening game of the season the Chicago Sky started two rookies and had the third come off the bench.
The Chiago Sky have shown the WNBA world they are going to be a different team this year. Starting the game without Courtney Vandersloot who is still in Europe, caoch Amber Stocks put her faith in two rookies to start.
Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams started the game and they looked like they have been playing in this league for a while.
DeShields was certainly the more polished of the two, her season as a professional overseas has paid off. The third pick has 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists in one of the most complete first games I have seen in basketball.
DeShields showed why the Sky were so keen on choosing her as she went 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. Her ability to create off the dribble was impressive. She was defended by Jazmon Gwathmey who is a defensive specailist in this league but still able to perform well.
Gabby Williams was not as impressive in her debut but did what she does best, everything. Wiliams only scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting but as she adjusts to the speed of the professional game this will improve. She was able to collect six rebounds and steal the ball twice.
With the excpetion of not getting an assist, which she will get many of, this is probably going to be a typical Williams game. She is not going to get many eye popping box score numbers but she will do what is required to help this team.
Alaina Coates is a rookie who was selected in last years draft with the number two pick. She had to sit out last season due to surgery but her debut was worth the wait. In 12 minutes Coates scored five points on 2-of-2 shooting. She collected two offensive rebounds and gave out one assist.
When on the court, Coates was able to get into the right spots on the offensive end and score a couple of putbacks. It is these second chance opportunities which are going to make a difference to the Sky later in the season.
These three rookies are going to have a tremendous impact on the Chicago Sky. When Vandersloot comes back, they will find the ball in positions which will benefit the team even more.
The future is certainly bright in Chicago. Allie Quigley looked like a more efficient version of her 2017 self and Vandersloot is going to add the veteran point guard presence which will hopefully push them to playoff contender.