Seattle Storm – Draft Summary
By Matt Hallett
The Storm had a busy offseason with signing new coach Dan Hughes who then straight away bought in center Courtney Paris, re-signed Sami Whitcomb and traded for Natasha Howard. All offseason it was assumed they would draft guard Jordin Canada in the first round. They had pick 5 and 29th pick in this draft
Pick 5 – Jordin Canada
Water is wet and so the Seattle Storm drafted Jordin Canada. The Storm got their apprentice for Sue Bird so now the Benjamin Button of the WNBA can start to wind her career down. Canada, a 5’6” guard out of UCLA can impact a game on both ends of the court. Last season she averaged 16.1 points, 6.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals
Canada scored the ball with great efficiency. She went 44.4 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. She is also an 81.6 percent shooter from the free throw line. There are very few chinks in this offensive armor.
However, despite being named the West Coast 2018 defensive player of the year, it remains to be seen how she defends the bigger guards in the WNBA. When Bird eventually does retire, probably in 2025, Jewell Loyd will team up with Canada. This will be one of the smallest back court in the WNBA and could be a liability to competing for a championship.
Pick 29 – Teana Muldrow
Teana Muldrow is a 6’1” forward out of West Virginia. Last season she averaged 19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. She shot the ball at 52.3 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Like Canada she was an 816 percent shooter from the line.
She will be competing with Alysha Clark, Natasha Howard, Crystal Langhorne, Breanna Stewart and Sami Whitcomb for minutes at a forward spot. The only way she can make the roster is if she outplays Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis at training camp.
Draft grade: C+
I give the Seattle Storm a C+ for this draft and that is mainly because they left a generational talent on the board in Azura Stevens. The Storm have always been looking to get Stewart help on the defensive end and here was a brilliant chance to do this. Instead they went with what they had in mind which may turn out to be the right call but it feels very narrow minded.