The Seattle Storm have re-signed forward Crystal Langhorne in what can only be described as a surprise.

The Seattle Storm has pulled of a mini coup by re-signing Crystal Langhorne to a multi-year deal. This is a bit of a surprise move from Langhorne as she is one of the most efficient players in the league who lost massive minutes last season.

Langhorne was the teams starting center until the arrival of Natasha Howard via trade last season. This meant that she played the least minutes per game for her entire career. The trade-off for that was the jewelry that she now wears thanks to the championship win by the Storm.

Langhorne also had her worst shooting season of her career, going at 50 percent from the field. That is an incredible number for the worst percentage of your career. Langhorne only averaged 4.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 13.9 minutes. Her 56.9 career field goal percentage is the third best in the 21 year history of the WNBA.

This is a long way from  her numbers in the her first two seasons with the Storm where she led the team in points and rebounds. However, it is not Langhorne’s numbers which are her greatest contributions to the Storm.

Langhorne has played 12 seasons in the WNBA and has tremendous leadership. She has a locker room presence which cannot be quantified. If she had been allowed to go to another team, she would have improved them both on and off the court. As it is, the Storm will continue to the team to beat next season.

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