I’d like to first start this post by sending my thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to the victims in Boston and of senseless violence all around the world. As a world, we have to find a way to create a better future for our children and future children.
There is no easy transition from that to sports but here we go…
Tonight is the WNBA Draft. If you’ve read my previous post about the evolution of the women’s game, you know I feel this class is particularly special. In any sports draft class, you hope for a few of those draftees to be able to elevate the game. In the WNBA, you really hope they become household names as well. With Skylar Diggins, Elena Delle Donna, and Britney Griner the WNBA just may have hit the lottery.
Even bigger for the WNBA is that the top 2 picks belong to the Phoenix Mercury(1st overall) and Chicago Sky(2nd overall). Phoenix has long been one of the more popular WNBA franchises thanks to the teams success and popularity of Diana Taurasi, one of the best players in the league. So adding, assuming they take her, the most dominant women’s player ever in Griner is huge for generating interest and buzz for a struggling league. Chicago hasn’t been a big WNBA market. But it is a big media market. For them to land either Elena Delle Donne or Skylar Diggins won’t only be big basketball wise but marketability wise. With both Elena and Skylar being high in character, having strong personalities, and (let’s face it) being high in sex appeal the advertising possibilities are endless. Which is great for the league.
The 3rd pick belongs to the Tulsa Shock. This could ultimately be troublesome for the WNBA. Tulsa is a relatively new franchise with low name and city recognition. Whoever they take may struggle to maintain relevance being in Tulsa. The WNBA has long struggled but especially in those small markets that aren’t basketball-centric towns. I’m sure the league would have loved that pick to be with New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, or Sacramento but it’s Tulsa’s pick. And with that pick Tulsa has a great opportunity, much like the neighboring OKC Thunder of the NBA had years ago, to find a special player to build around and create a powerhouse.
The draft is about to start, so I’m done here. Once again though, thoughts and prayers out to Boston. Sports, even basketball, are a small part of life. Be sure to love, laugh, dream, believe, and live. Don’t take it for granted. Thanks for reading Life of A Basketball Addict. I appreciate it.