San Antonio Stars Draft Preview
First 3 Selections in 2014
Last 3 First Round Picks (Pick, Year)
Areas of Improvement
The San Antonio Stars are already a powerhouse known to give teams trouble in the post season.
Now that the team has a lottery pick at No. 3, the franchise has the chance of doing some serious damage to teams this season.
Stars coach Dan Hughes said the team is used to picking towards the end of rounds and would traditionally pick players with a certain kind of personality to fit into their rotation. But this year is different, he said.
"I think because of us drafting higher than we normally drafted in other seasons, I think a player that brings several talents to the floor is appealing to us," he said. "I think a player that can help our rebounding, has the ability to pass the basketball the way we like to do it, the ability to score. A versatile player is obviously very helpful when we're trying to blend them with our team philosophy."
Hughes said he likes what he sees in this year's incoming draft class and the team will have a lot of good selections to choose from.
"I would say it's comparable to most years I've seen here," he said. "It has players that are potentially starters in the first round, which makes this a quality draft. I think there's enough depth that there will be surprises too.
An unfortunate series of injuries last year sidelined the team's superstars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm, one of the league's most powerful one-two punches, for most of the season. But their absence gave rise to players like Danielle Robinson, who blossomed into becoming one of the most crafty passers in the league last year.
A top pick in this year's draft will only make this playoff-bred team even deeper, Hughes said.
"We're a team that starts with the fact that we need to be in the playoffs," he said. "It starts with that and I think we have a chance to be a very good team. Where that takes us, we'll kind of let things take place, but I'm excited. As hard as last year was, I think this year has potential."
5. Kayla Alexander
16. Davellyn Whyte
20. Diandra Tchatchouang 32. Whitney Hand
2012 (top 3 picks)
5. Shenise Johnson
6. Danielle Robinson
20. Danielle Adams
30. Porsha Phillips
1. Danielle Adams (14.4)
2. Jia Perkins (13.9)
3. Danielle Robinson (11.2)
1. Jayne Appel (8.9)
2. Danielle Adams (4.7)
3. Shenise Johnson (3.9)
1. Danielle Robinson (6.7)
2. Chelsea Hopkins (2.5)
3. Shenise Johnson (2.4)