With the signing of Kayla McBride, the Las Vegas Aces have secured their medium-term future.
By Matt Hallett
When Kayla McBride re-signed with the Las Vegas Aces on a multi-year deal, this meant they had secured their mid to long term future.
Such is the importance and quality of McBride, the Aces can continue to build around the budding young star. McBride has averaged 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. These numbers are outstanding for the fourth year pro.
McBride is already 23rd all-time in points per game with the 14.5 and is going to build on this again this season. She has already hit 188 3-points shots which is good for 69th all-time, in just four seasons.
It is not just how many McBride scores though. Drilling down into her shooting numbers, McBride is shooting .385/.349/.883 for her career. These are good numbers for a perimeter player.
However, when you look at McBride's playoff averages, her true mettle shines through. IN the two playoff games she has played. McBride has averaged 22.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steals.
Yes, that is right, McBride is scoring over 20 points per game in the highest pressure situations. It is not like she is putting up a heap more shots. Her shooting splits are incredible .593/.600/1.00.
McBride's blood turns to ice when she is shooting in playoffs, there is no other explanation.
However, combine McBride with Moriah Jefferson, Kelsey Plum and probably A'ja Wilson from this draft and you have a young core which is going to grow together, causing problems for opposition teams for years to come.
The floor spacing McBride, Jefferson and Plum will provide for Wilson means this years number one pick will seldom be double teamed, allowing her to learn and grow quickly.
Let us hope for the Las Vegas Aces franchise and the WNBA as a whole that McBride has a season without injury. If she does, expect to see her break into the top 20 all-time scorers.