The Atlanta Dream traded Marie Gulitch and Brittney Sykes tothe Los Angeles Sparks for the talents of Kalani Brown.
Kalani Brown was taken with the 7th pick in the 2019 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. Unfortunately for Brown the Sparks have a glut of big talent and she was under utilised last year.
The Sparks currently have Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike who can play the center position. They are all established stars and this did not allow for the growth of Brown.
Therefore the trade to the Atlanta Dream is a new start for the 6’7″ center out of Baylor. The Dream are going to be able to utilise Brown is such a way that they are able to take full advantage of her height.
The Dream will still probasbly start Elizabeth Williams and Jessica Breland in the front court. However, brining Brown off the bench is a luxury they did not have last year. Gulitch put her all in but at 6’5″ lacked some of the required height to defend the bigger opposition players.
Brown gives coach Nicki Collen options and flexibility with her lineups. When Brown enters the game, Collen can rest either one of her starting front court, keeping the other on there at the four. This is going to make it incredibly tough to score inside against the Dream thanks to the three players shot blocking prowess.
I expect that Brown is going to be in the conversation for most improved as she gets more and more game time under Collen. This is an exciting trade for the Dream as they look to improve on last season.