WNBA: Kelsey Mitchell, NaLyssa Smith to lead Indiana Fever in 2022

The Indiana Fever have actually suffered 5 losing seasons in a row, with their last playoff look can be found in 2016 when they went 17-17 in the routine season. In current years, they’ve made some perplexing draft choices which didn’t alter this year with the franchise’s only championship-winning coach Lin Dunn calling the shots rather of the franchise’s biggest gamer Tamika Catchings, likewise a champ. With Catchings no longer the basic supervisor, the Fever are looking for a brand-new course to winning methods, however will be doing so without a lot of stars. What they do have is 5 novices who they hope will make instant effects. Here’s a take a look at those gamers along with the veterans on the Indiana lineup:


Players (stat rating)

Kelsey Mitchell (26) — A 5-foot-8 shooting guard who was No. 27 on our Top 30 list in 2021, however was ended this year. Part of the factor she got ended is due to the fact that she hasn’t led the Fever to much group success which’s not always reasonable to her. If we were simply evaluating by scoring and not whatever else on the stat sheet and not group success, she’d be much greater. She was 6th in the WNBA in scoring in 2020 with 17.9 points per video game and was 8th in 2015 with 17.8. Her scoring expertise in the pros has actually come as not a surprise. She is 2nd all-time in NCAA Division I scoring with 3,402 points, achieving that at Ohio State. She was 2nd in the WNBA in 3-pointers made in 2019 with 79.

Kelsey Mitchell (with ball)
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NaLyssa Smith (No. 2 choice in 2022 draft) — Enters the league with an appealing future in air guitar events. Aside from that, she’s a total power forward, minus a 3-point shot, although she did begin to establish one as a senior at Baylor with 8 makes. At 6-foot-4 she can play like a conventional 4, pulling back and scoring inside with terrific touch; she can likewise drive and shoot from mid-range. Spent time atop mock drafts when it appeared Rhyne Howard was having a hard time to lead Kentucky anywhere and she was leading Baylor to terrific things.

Danielle Robinson (24.4) — A fantastic experienced point player who made 3 successive All-Star Games from 2013 to 2015 as a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars/Stars. Those are the 3 years of her profession in which she has actually balanced 5 or more helps per video game with a career-best 6.7 can be found in 2013. She’s still getting it done dispersing the basketball and has actually never ever balanced less than 3.2 helps in a season. Averaged a strong 9.9 points per video game in 2015. The Fever might not have actually won numerous video games, however Robinson was a thorn in challengers’ side with great plays coming at great times.

Tiffany Mitchell (21.5) — She might not even be the very best Mitchell on the group, however the 5-foot-9 guard and previous South Carolina Gamecock is likewise a thorn in challengers’ side with her prompt scoring. Averaged 12.7 points per video game in 2020 and 12 in 2021. Has never ever balanced less than 8.6 points per video game in a season, with that mark can be found in her novice year of 2016. Has played her entire profession in Indiana and is the longest-tenured member of the Fever.

Victoria Vivians (15.2) — An appealing 27-year-old out of Mississippi State who made 65 3s at a 39.9 percent clip as a novice in 2018. A 6-foot-1 guard who has actually played her whole profession with the Fever. Prior to the 2019 WNBA season, she tore her ACL overseas. In 2020 she played in simply 6 video games and balanced simply 4.8 points per video game. Started to reveal indications of her previous self in 2015 with 8 starts in 31 video games and 6.8 points per video game.

Emily Engstler (No. 4 choice in 2022 draft) — One of the most disruptive protectors in the nation this previous NCAAW season. A 6-foot-1 forward and strong offending skill who had a profession year on that side of the ball as a senior transfer at Louisville. Averaged 11.6 points per video game, made 27 3s at a 40.3 percent clip and shot 47.6 percent from the field for the Cardinals, all profession bests. Played her very first 3 seasons at Syracuse.

Lexie Hull (No. 6 choice in 2022 draft) — A 2021 nationwide champ with Stanford. A 6-foot-1 guard who completed her college profession with 191 made 3s at a 37.3 percent clip. An exceptional border protector. Was predicted to go 25th in the draft by Eric Nemchock of SB Nation and Swish Appeal.

Indiana Fever Media Day 2022

Lexie Hull
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Queen Egbo (No. 10 choice in 2022 draft) — NaLyssa Smith’s frontcourt mate at Baylor. A 6-foot-4 forward/center who is a strong rebounder and inside scorer and an exceptional shot-blocker. Averaged 1.8 blocks per video game as a senior. Was predicted to go 26th by Nemchock.

Destanni Henderson (No. 20 choice in 2022 draft) — The star of the most current NCAA national championship who led the triumphant South Carolina Gamecocks with 26 points because contest. Underrated for much of her profession, Henderson had a breakout junior year with 12.1 points and 5.3 helps per video game. Was likewise extraordinary as a senior and shot 40 percent or much better from range both seasons. Known for her distributing, speed and defense, she will break your back with corner 3s too. Was a take at No. 20; Nemchock had her going 7th.

Alanna Smith (12.7) — Hailing from Australia, the previous Stanford Cardinal is a strong WNBA skill who hasn’t gotten much of a possibility in the league so far. Went to the Mercury with the 8th choice in the 2019 draft and balanced 15.6 minutes and 6.1 points in the 2020 wubble, however was apparently forgotten in 2015 as she was relegated to a function of simply 6.5 minutes and handled simply 1.2 points. Made 65 3s at a 39.9 percent clip as a senior at Stanford, however is shooting 19.5 percent from deep as a pro.

Alaina Coates (8.3) — The No. 2 total choice in the 2017 draft whose South Carolina group was coming off at championship game, though she missed out on that NCAA Tournament due to injury. Has had a hard time to discover success in the WNBA with her newest look can be found in the wubble as she substituted the Mystics gamers who had actually pulled out.

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