With the signing of Lynetta Kizer the Minnesota Lynx added depth to their bench.
By Matt Hallett
The Minnesota Lynx lost players to retirement at the end of last season. One of these was forward Plenette Pierson. In an effort to replace the Pierson, the Lynx signed six-year veteran Lynetta Kizer.
During her six seasons, Kizer has played 166 games, starting only 28 of them. It is safe to say she has made a career as a back-up forward. For her career, Kizer has averaged 13.5 minutes, 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
While these numbers are not spectacular, they do not have to be. Pierson only averaged 13.7 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds last season. The Lynx have enough offensive weapons in their starting line-up, they need role-players which is what Kizer is.
Kizer is a player who knows her own game and is comfortable within it's limitations. She is not a 3-point shooter, having made only 3-of-11 in her career. Kizer prefers to stay closer to the basket, making 430-of-886 shots for her career which equates to 48.5 percent from the field.
Kizer is also an exceptional free-throw shooter. For her career, Kizer has made 165-204 which is 80.9 percent from the stripe. This means coach Reeve will have no issue leaving her in late game situations. If you foul Kizer, she is a good chance of making the free-throws.
With the core of Sylvia Fowles, last years league MVP, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Rebekah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen returning, the Lynx are going to be championship contenders.
The Lynx have had the drop on other WNBA teams due to the depth of their bench. With the Kizer signing, the Pierson retirment has been covered. Now all they need is to replace the backup point guard. There is a chance coach and general manage Reeve may look to the draft to find this role.