Minnesota Lynx: The impact of the Danielle Robinson trade.
By Matt Hallett
With the Minnesota Lynx in a win-now mode, the Danielle Robinson trade makes sense.
With the Minnesota Lynx still in their win now mentality, their trade for Danielle Robinson makes sense for the franchise. When Renee Montgomery signed with the Atlanta Dream, this left a large hole at the back-up point guard.
Robinson, who has a reputation as being a solid defender, has been targeted by Cheryl Reeve to come off the bench to spell Lindsay Whalen.
As was pointed out to me by other members of the WNBA Indsidr team, Robinson’s advanced defensive stats are not that great and her reputation may be a little inflated but she is a WNBA all-defensive team member three times.
Robinson is also not a great shooter. Yes, she shot 43 percent from the field last year. However, with the Minnesota team focussing on taking more perimeter shots, Robinson’s 0-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line last season will not cut it.
It is not like last season was an anomaly either. Robinson is actually 0-of-33 for her career from beyond the arc.
However, enough of the negative, Robinson is a truly talented player. The Lynx will not ask Robinson to be a scorer. With Sylvia Fowles, Maya Moore and Siemone Augustus in the line-up, they will take care of that end of the court.
Robinson is going to be tasked with running the second unit and defending the opposition second string point guard. This is a task she will be more than capable of handling.
However, Robinson is not going to have it all easy on this Minnesota team. Last year’s 12th pick Alexis Jones started garnering big minutes towards the end of last season. Over the last eight games, Jones averaged 5.5 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting.
If Robinson slips up this season, do not be surprised to see Jones playing more minutes than the three-time all-star and all-defensive team player.