The New York Liberty did not have a good year last year, finishing second last in the WNBA.
The New York Liberty had a positive off season prior to 2019 WNBA season. The were bought by a new ownership group, headed by Joseph Tsai and have announced they will be playing at the Barclay Center.
On the court they finished second to last but had solid seasons from Tina Charles, Kia Nurse and rookie Asia Durr. Amanda Zahui B had a break out season which was really good to see for the franchise.
Coming into the 2020 season the Liberty, thanks to the poor record of the last two seasons secured the 1st pick in the 2020 WNBA draft. They also have the 13th and 26th pick. Lets take a look at the players the Liberty have the ability to re-sign.
Tina Charles has been the heartbeat of this franchise for a number of years. She has now got some good help in Kia Nurse and Asia Durr. Charles had a solid season in 2019 averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals.
Her usual shooting efficiency was down, only hitting at 38.9 percent from the floor and 18.6 percent from deep. The Liberty are probably going to add Sabrina Ionescu with the 1st pick meaning that the Liberty are finally going to have a point guard who can do it all.
Charles is the most important signature by far for the Liberty this off season. Lose her and the franchise will dip even lower before it gets better.
Bria Hartley was solid for the Liberty last season. She averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 24 games. She is a solid contributor whose perimeter shot needs to be respected. Her signature is a crucial one going forward for the Liberty
Kiah Stokes did not play a game last season, sitting out for personal reasons. Her career averages are 5.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. She is a solid back up center and if she is right to go this season, the Liberty should look to secure her signature.
Reshanda Gray averaged 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season. She started 10 games due to various Liberty injuries, shooting the ball at 47.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep. Needs to be re-signed as a key bench piece.
The most exciting, unexpected player in the WNBA for some time, Marine Johannes averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. Expect her signature to be chased by a number of clubs but the Liberty should secure it in the end.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe played 29 games for the Liberty last season. She averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She shot the ball efficiently from the floor at 54.4 percent. She is a solid defender and will probably be fighting with the draft picks for the final regular season roster spot.
Tanisha Wright was a solid veteran last season, playing 31 games and starting 17. She averaged 4.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. If the Liberty draft Ionescu, Wright will be cut after training camp.