WNBA: New York Liberty’s Laney, Howard, Ionescu set for year 2 together

The New York Liberty’s huge 3 of Betnijah Laney, Natasha Howard and Sabrina Ionescu is not to be ignored, particularly if Ionescu winds up enhancing a lot from in 2015. Ionescu was the very first puzzle piece to this group’s core, prepared initially in general in 2020. The Liberty handed down the chance to prepare very first general for a 2nd successive season and rather generated Laney and Howard. They began in 2015 3-0 and 5-1 and most likely underachieved by hardly making the playoffs when they truly might have been the No. 7 seed ahead of Dallas based upon their skill. Howard being out for a big portion of time added to their battles. With Howard healthy, the Liberty once again have a high ceiling, however the 2 groups who coped them for the last playoff area in 2015, Washington and LA, are both looking much better too.

New York has a brand-new head coach in Sandy Brondello, who won a champion in 2014 and led the Mercury to the Finals in 2015. Here are the gamers Brondello needs to deal with:

Players (stat rating)

Betnijah Laney (31.7) — Known as a protector in Indiana, was the most enhanced gamer in Atlanta and was the supreme group leader in New York in 2015. She revealed no worry in her offending video game with a range of mid-range shots, consisting of step-backs, from the shooting guard position. Her 3-point portion fell 9.3 percent to 31.2, however that’s still good and she made 1.1 treys per video game. Made her very first All-Star Game and was ranked No. 19 on our Top 30 list.

Natasha Howard (31.7) — Was an All-WNBA First Teamer in current memory and was New York’s huge offseason acquisition throughout the 2021 offseason. She can do all of it on offense at the little forward position and can play the 4 too. Her 3-point shooting portion isn’t excellent, however it’s a good 30.8 percent for her profession. Is likewise a remarkable protector who won protective gamer of the year in 2019. Only played 13 video games in 2015 due to an MCL sprain. Averaged 16.2 point and 7.2 rebounds in the time she did play. Was ranked No. 22 on our Top 30 list.

Sabrina Ionescu (27.7) — A big star in college who entered the WNBA as a hyped-up No. 1 choice. Had 33 points, 7 rebounds and 7 helps in her 2nd WNBA video game, however suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain in her 3rd and missed out on the remainder of the 2020 season. Dropped 25 points with 11 helps and 6 rebounds and made the game-winning shot on opening night in 2021. Four days later on she ended up being the youngest gamer to ever tape a triple-double in the WNBA. Her sophomore season saw some battles after that, however she was an All-Star snub and my 19th-best gamer in the league at the end of the season. Expect a huge year from her in 2022. She got points for our Top 30 list.

Sabrina Ionescu
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Stefanie Dolson (24.7) — Was the hero of the 3×3 Olympic group that won gold in Tokyo, showing that she is among the very best inside scorers on the planet. Hasn’t balanced double-figure scoring for a season considering that her 2nd All-Star project of 2017, however still has star capacity and is aiming to play a huge function in her house state of New York. Is a 6-foot-5 center who can shoot the 3. Is understood for her huge character and label “Big Mama Stef.” Received points for our Top 30 list.

Sami Whitcomb (21.1) — Was much-improved in 2015, ending up being a borderline All-Star for the Liberty at age 32 after investing 4 years as a function gamer in Seattle. Is a deadly 3-point shooter with terrific type. Shot 42.5 percent from beyond the arc in 2015 (4th in the league) with 76 makes (2nd). Also had strong rebound and help numbers. Received points for our Top 30 list. Is a 5-foot-10 guard.

Asia Durr (14.9) — One of the feel-good stories entering into this season as she has actually returned from long COVID and put herself in a position where she is all set to play. Was the No. 2 choice in the 2019 draft and missed out on the last 2 seasons due to the fact that of COVID. She had a strong novice year with 9.7 points per video game and the Liberty are wanting to get that Asia Durr back. Is a 5-foot-10 guard.

Rebecca Allen (14) — A member of the Australian National Team who played her most substantial function for the Liberty yet last season with 9.2 points and 24.6 minutes per video game. This will be her seventh year as a member of the Liberty. Is a profession 38.4 percent 3-point shooter with a career-best 1.9 makes per video game coming in 2015. Is a 6-foot-2 little forward.

Michaela Onyenwere (13.1) — The ruling WNBA novice of the year out of UCLA. Was the No. 6 choice in the 2021 draft and went on to typical 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. Made 29 starts and played 22.2 minutes per video game. Improved as a 3-point shooter her senior year of college and came out and shot 3-of-6 in her professional launching. Later went 6-of-14 in her seventh video game. Is a 6-foot little forward.

2021 WNBA Rookie of the Year

Michaela Onyenwere
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Jocelyn Willoughby (10.6) — A 6-foot forward/guard who balanced 5.8 points in 17.4 minutes per video game in the wubble. Was the No. 10 choice in the 2020 draft out of Virginia. Listed as doubtful for the opener (Achilles).

Kylee Shook (8.7) — Started 19 video games at center for the Liberty in 2015. Was the No. 13 choice in the 2020 draft out of Louisville. Improved her 3-point shooting dramatically from her novice year, as much as 39.3 percent in 2015 with 24 makes. Listed as doubtful for the opener (knee).

DiDi Richards (5.3) — A scrappy No. 17 draft choice who made little contributions to the Liberty as a novice last season. She is understood for her defense and capability to play numerous positions at 6-foot-2. One of the positions she can play is point player; she balanced 6.7 helps as a senior at Baylor. Did not make a single 3 in college however established a 3-point shot in 2015, going 10-of-22 (45.5 percent). Returned from spine shock injury in college.

Han Xu (4.4) — A 22 year-old from China who hasn’t played in the WNBA considering that 2019 when she balanced 3 points and 7.9 minutes per video game for the Liberty. Is a 6-foot-9 center.

Lorela Cubaj (No. 18 choice in 2022 draft) — A strong protecting and rebounding power forward out of Georgia Tech. Averaged 4.4 helps per video game in her last season with the Yellow Jackets.

Nyara Sabally (No. 5 choice in 2022 draft) — Will remain the 2022 season with a knee injury.

Sika Koné (No. 29 choice in 2022 draft) — Will not have fun with the Liberty this season.

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