WNBA Outlook: Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx Preview


Lynx forward Napheesa Collier / Photo Credit Minnesota Lynx

Connecticut Sun (0-0) vs Minnesota Lynx (0-0)

When: Sunday, July 26th at Noon.  Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida  TV: ESPN / Radio: N/A


Notes:

Acquired DeWanna Bonner from Phoenix in a sign-and-trade deal for three first round draft picks (2 in 2020, 2021); Acquired Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis from Seattle in exchange for a second round draft pick (2021); Acquired Briann January and a second round draft pick (2021) from Phoenix as part of a three-team trade where Connecticut sent Courtney Williams to Atlanta; Acquired the No. 7 pick in the 2020 draft from Seattle in exchange for Morgan Tuck and the No. 11 pick in the 2020 draft; Acquired a second round pick (2021) in a sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota for Rachel Banham

Minnesota - Draft: No. 6 Mikiah Herbert Harrigan F; No. 16 Crystal Dangerfield G; No. 26 Erica Ogwumike (via trade with New York for Stephanie Talbot), who has been waived


Players Added: Acquired Shenise Johnson (from Indiana) and Rachel Bahnam (from Connecticut) via trades for 2020 and 2021 draft picks; Signed free agents Megan Huff and Kayla Alexander; Re-signed free agent Bridget Carleton

Players Lost: Seimone Augustus signed as a free agent with Los Angeles; Danielle Robinson signed as a free agent with Las Vegas; Jessica Shepard and Cecilia Zandalasini have chosen not to play in 2020 for personal reasons



Injury/Opt Out: Connecticut:

 Jonquel Jones will not play in 2020 (Health) 

Minnesota:  Maya Moore will not play in 2020 (Activism)

Connecticut  (2019 Stats)- 

80.8 - points per game

77.9- points against

42.3 - Field goal %

Minnesota (2019 Stats)- 

78.4- points per game

75.9 - points against

45.1 - field goal %


Keep an eye on:

Brionna Jones: will get her chance to make a consistent impact in the W. Former top 10 pick and All American out of Maryland has been playing behind two of the top players in the league in Jonquel Jones and fellow Terp, Alyssa Thomas. With Jonquel sitting out the 2020 season, Jones will have her shot to display her game. No one can replace Jonquel, although,the Sun will need Jones to make an impact if they are to maintain their hold as one of the top teams in the league.

Napheesa Collier: year two should be even more fun to watch then what we saw during her rookie of the year campaign. Collier wasn't just the best rookie in the W last season, she was the most complete and arguably most efficient. With a year under her belt, I fully expect her to continue with an All Star nod and challenge for MVP this season.




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