Tagged Leilani Mitchell

Here Are Your WNBA Most Improved Player Candidates

Criteria for the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award can be tough to specify with great detail.  Last season’s winner was clear. Natasha Howard filled every gap for the Seattle Storm as she joined forces with their four returning starters. She ended up being exactly what the Storm needed, and her production helped fuel a one-year…

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Are Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury in Trouble (or Right Where They Want to be)?

Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury almost ran out of time and don’t have much left.  The 2018 All-WNBA guard did not make her 2019 debut until July 12 after undergoing back surgery prior to the start of the season.  A setback in that game kept her out for another six weeks. She’s logged 74…

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Leilani Mitchell, Committee Approach Keep Phoenix Mercury in the Hunt

Leilani Mitchell was undoubtedly one of the 12 best basketball players in camp with the Phoenix Mercury last month. Yet, the team waived the 10-year veteran and brought her back two games into the 2019 WNBA season as they worked under the league’s hard salary cap and attempted to maximize each roster spot.  She drew…

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Early Effects of WNBA’s Cost-Cutting Roster Moves

WNBA teams operate under a hard cap and only get 12 roster spots. It’s a harsh reality of the league’s current state. Rookies, young players coming off rookie-scale deals and veteran bench players alike are often victims to roster crunches, with talent ranking far down the list of reasons why. The guaranteed contract—referred to in…

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Phoenix Mercury 2019 Offseason Checklist

The Phoenix Mercury came within moments of a WNBA Finals berth during Game 5 against the No. 1 seeded Seattle Storm. Diana Taurasi (First-Team) and Brittney Griner (Second-Team) earned All-WNBA honors. DeWanna Bonner returned in 2018 after giving birth to twins, earned an All-Star nod and had one of her most efficient seasons to date. Taurasi…

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