Phoenix Mercury: The impact of the day's trades.
By Matt Hallett
The Phoenix Mercury have had a busy day trading, the results are pretty good for their team.
The Phoenix Mercury made two trades today where they moved Danielle Robinson to the Minnesota Lynx for the twelfth pick in the upcoming WNBA draft. They also acquired Briann January from the Indiana Fever for the eighth overall pick in the upcoming WNBA draft.
So in effect the Mercury dropped four picks in the upcoming draft, and replaced Danielle Robinson with Briann January. This has to be considered an overall win for the Mercury, considering what they appear to be trying to achieve this season.
When the Mercury re-signed Dewanna Bonner, they went straight back into win-now mentality. Last season, they lost to the Los Angeles Sparks in a knockout game.
The Sparks were able to play off Camille Little and Robinson, doubling hard on Britney Griner. This effectively stifled a good portion of the Mercury offense. With Robinson gone and her 0-of-33 career 3-point history, Little is less of an issue on offense.January is a six-time all-defensive player so the Mercury have not lost anything on defense. However, January led the WNBA in 2015 in 3-point shooting with 43.1 percent from beyond the arc. This is going to make the opposition defenses stretch to cover Diana Taurasi and January. This should give Griner more space to work in. Add in the offense of Bonner and the Mercury are back with a shot.
This move allows the Mercury to get closer to the four top teams in the league being the Lynx, Sparks, Atlanta Dream and the Connecticut Sun.
Losing four spots in the current draft is also not a bad thing. The Mercury have been accumulating draft picks and should have the ability to select well to help the team move forward in the future.