The Las Vegas Aces managed to finish fourth last season after the acquired Liz Cambage via trade. This season they have a level of uncertainty with Cambage entering free agency.
The Las Vegas Aces delivered on the potential they have been developing over the past number of years. All it took was to drop in a generational played like Liz Cambage and they made it to fourth last season.
Coach Bill Laimbeer had the luxuty of playing the two headed monster that was Cambage and A’ja Wilson. Surrounding these two were shooters Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum with rookie Jackie Young running the show. The chemistry between this starting unit will only improve if they stay together.
Thanks to the Cambage trade the Aces do not have a first round pick in the draft, nor do they have a second round pick. The only pick the Aces hold in the 2020 WNBA draft is the 33rd pick. Lets take a look at the players the Aces can re-sign.
Last summer the question around the league was who was going to get Liz Cambage via trade. We all know the answer to that as Cambage was able to help the Aces from out of playoff contention to fourth in the leagus. Cambage averaged 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.
Cambage also shot 50.4 percent from the floor. At 6’8″ she is also quite a good 3-point shooter Her 16.7 percent shotting from deep last season does not support this but Cambage is used inside in Bill Laimbeer’s system.
Cambage needs to develop the high/low chemistry with A’Ja Wilson that she has had with fellow Australian Cayla George when they were both with the Dallas Wings and the Australian national team. When this is working, any team with Cambage on it is impossible to stop.
This season the Aces are going to look to take the next step and they need to sign the Australian center as their top priority
Sugar Rodgers played all but one game last season, coming off the bench for all of them. While she only averaged 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Her numbers do not tell the story of her impact on the team.
She is a steady ball handler who can light it up from deep. In order to give the Aces a different look when she comes off the bench, signing Rodgers is a good start to secure the success of the bench.
Tamera Young is still one of the best defenders in the WNBA. She still believes that she defend anyone and on her showing last year, there is no one who can dispute this claim.
On top of her defense, Young averaged 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game/ She shot the ball at a respectable 38.0 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from deep. While she is not going to take over the game offensively, her defense combined with her offense make her a solid signature.
Carolyn Swords is a really good back up for a player like liz Cambage. The Australian center is not as strong on defense as she could be. Swords is able to come in and change the course of a game through her defense. She si also a low cost backup on a team with five genuine stars.
Jaime Nared played one minute of basketball in the 2019 season. Expect her not to be on the roster next season.