Breaking Down The Team Parker Roster
By Chris Kwiecinski
Take one glance at Team Parker, and you’ll notice a stark difference between Candace’s squad and Team DelleDonne. Delle Donne picked a team with four players that have over 10 years of WNBA experience, including Sylvia Fowles and Diana Taurasi.
However, Team Parker might be the more dynamic.
When Parker picked her team, she had excitement in mind but also a sense of familiarity. Her picks included the high-scoring Liz Cambage and her teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith, who are part of an offensively efficient Dallas Wings team. Angel McCoughtry and Jewell Loyd, two very offensively minded players, also continued Parkers’ offensive-minded trend.
Loyd, McCoughtry, Diggins-Smith and Cambage all average over 16 points per game, with Loyd and Diggins-Smith being the secondary offensive options on the Storm and Wings, respectively.
Parker also picked New York’s Tina Charles and Minnesota’s Maya Moore, two of the WNBA’s more versatile players on both ends of the court. Moore provides versatility on the wing, while Charles can bring a top post presence.
Parker went for familiarity when she picked players from the Los Angeles Sparks in Nneka Ogwumike and Chelsea Gray. Parker even joined Ogwumike with her sister, Chiney, from Connecticut.
However, when it came out that Ogwumike would miss the All-Star game with her illness, the WNBA replaced her with Rebekkah Brunson, a 15-year WNBA veteran.
Parker also picked the Chicago Sky’s Allie Quigley based on the time they spent playing together in Istanbul.
“She’s the best shooter,” Parker said of Quigley on July 22. “It was shown last year when she won the 3-Point Contest going away. She’s unbelievable and I really enjoy playing with her.”
However, filing out her team with those she was familiar with doesn’t mean Parker is losing out on leadership, either. Moore, Charles and Parker have all won WNBA MVP awards in the past. If Nneka was available to play, then Team Parker would have four MVP past-winners.
In comparison, Team Delle Donne, with Delle Donne, Taurasi and Folwes, also have three past-MVP winners.
It will be interesting to see how Team Parker gels once Saturday’s contest tips off. Her team has a lot of firepower offensively, including solid shooting from beyond the arc.
The question is, will the have enough to out shoot Taurasi, Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart at bay? Because, in reality, what All-Star team plays defense?