With centers and forwards already in the books, it is time we look at the top guards available in the WNBA draft. There are many talented guards in this years draft with WNBA teams looking for guards that will have a large pool to pull from this year.
Sabrina Ionescu: PG 5-11 Oregon
Ionescu is the best player in the draft without a doubt. As a senior at Oregon, she averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game. Ionescu finished her college career with 26 triple-doubles and became the first player to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists.
Ionescu can find open players as well as create her own shot. The New York Liberty has the first pick of the draft and they should draft Ionescu to get the Liberty back on the right track.
Chennedy Carter: G 5-7 Texas A&M
Carter is a dynamic scorer. She averaged 21.3 points per game this season for Texas A&M andis probably the best scorer in this year’s draft. Although she struggled shooting from deep this season at 25% from beyond the arch, Carter will look to improve on that as she develops her game in the WNBA.
Carter can play the point and off guard position. She is a very aggressive scorer who loves to attack the paint. If she’s surrounded with shooters, the way Carter attacks the paint could open up shots for other players. She averaged 3.5 assists per game this year.
Tyasha Harris: PG 5-10 South Carolina
Harris is a true pass-first point guard. And under the tutor ledge of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, Harris has improved her game a lot. She understands how to control the game with tempo and is a floor general. As a senior, Harris became more aggressive on offense. She improved her points per game stat from 10.9 to 12 points per game. Harris also shot 38% from three this season which is the highest in her career at South Carolina.
Harris is an outstanding defender as well. She gets after it on the defensive end with her quick hands. She averaged a couple of steals per game. Harris will be a great pick up for whatever teams drafts her. She will make a significant impact with her skill set.
Te’a Cooper: G 5-8 Baylor
Cooper can play both guard positions. She brings defense and good outside shooting to the table for any team. Cooper shot 41% from three this season. At Baylor, she averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 assists per game. The one thing Cooper must cut down on is turnovers, turning the ball over could cost her team the game. Cooper would fit with a team with a lot of scorers around so she wouldn’t have much pressure on her to score and it could limit her turnovers.
Crystal Dangerfield: PG 5-5 Connecticut
Dangerfield is another floor general type point guard. At Connecticut this season, Dangerfield averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Also, she shot 41% from beyond the arch and 86% from the free-throw line.
At 5-5, Dangerfield is strong and it allows her to get in the lane and draw fouls to get to the charity stripe. Another critical factor is the big game factor Dangerfield has as she played in a lot of big games at Connecticut.