Chicago Sky - Draft Summary
By Matt Hallett
The Chicago Sky went into the 2018 draft in the best position of the first round. No, they did not have the number 1 or 2 picks, they had the 3rd and 4th picks. This is thanks to the trade with the Atlanta Dream where they sent Imani McGee-Stafford and Tamera Young to the Dream basically for the number 3 pick. This means the Sky had picks 3, 4 and 28 in the draft.
Pick 3 – Diamond DeShields
Diamond DeShields was always going to be the third pick in the draft for the Chicago Sky. After head coach Amber Stock to an international flight to Turkey to scout the 6’1” guard, it was pretty clear DeShields was going to be taken. Not eve the nomination of Azura Stevens seemed able to shake the Sky from their desire to draft DeShields.
On draft day, Stocks placed a call to DeShields pledging her support, she was not worried about the previous off court dramas which caused DeShields to miss the final year of college. This is a tremendous attitude for Stocks and the rest of the Sky. Coming into a professional team is not like college where you are not getting anything for playing. DeShields has proven that she can play in a professional setting already.
So far this season DeShields has averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. This is tremendous output for a first year pro in a foreign country. DeShields is going to play wing but also spell two guard Allie Quigley when required making the Sky a totally different proposition to handle this season from last season.
Pick 4 – Gabby Williams
Gabby Williams from the University of Connecticut has been described as the future of the WNBA. The 5’11’” forward is one of the best basketball players to come along in a long time. While she does not have the height to dominate, she uses her skills to impact the game like few others can. Some names that come to mind are Maya Moore and Penny Taylor.
Williams baseline stats in college did not set the world on fire. Her 10.5 points, 6.8 rebounds 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals tell only a small part of the story for Williams. For a forward her size, scoring the ball at a 60.6 percent efficiency certainly shows her basketball iq.
The Sky are probably going to use her as their starting wing. Her ability to impact the game on both sides of the ball is too great to have her on the bench at the start of games. Her inability to shoot from distance is not an issue for this team as they already have Quigley and Stefanie Dolson in the line-up.
Pick 28 – Amarah Coleman
Amarah Coleman is a 5’11” guard who played out of DePaul University. The Sky selected her with the 28th pick overall. Coleman averaged 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Unfortunately for Coleman, she is most probably going to be offered a training camp contract then will be cut prior to the season starting.
Overall grade: A
I give the Sky an A for this draft. They had a weakness which needed to be covered and they selected the two best players who can fill that spot. On top of this, with the selection of DeShields they have made sure they have shored up some more minutes at the 2-guard spot.