In a WNBA draft that many experts believe to have three game-changing players, the Washington Mystics will draft fourth.
The Mystics ended the year with the worst record in the WNBA at 5-29, and as a result, had the best odds of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft lottery. But when the ping pong balls were pulled, the black cloud that seems to hang over the Mystics struck again.
Brittney Griner, the imposing center out of Baylor, is the consensus best player in the draft, and many Mystics fans hoped she would land in Washington. Behind Griner, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins and Delaware's Elena Della Donne are also considered elite players. But with the fourth overall pick, it is unlikely any of the three top talents land in D.C.
Talent remains at the fourth pick, and some of it has a local flavor.
Mystics analyst Christy Winters Scott identified three potential players the Mystics might take at No. 4: Georgetown's Sugar Rogers, Maryland's TiannaHawkins, or Ohio State's Taylar Hill.
The Indiana Pacers appear headed to the playoffs, as they currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Bulls in ninth. Indiana could even face the Wizards, depending on how all this shakes out.
The Pacers, though, are struggling. They are 37-38 on the year, have lost six of 10 and two straight. With seven games remaining, time is running out before they have to face one of the best teams in the East in the first round of the playoffs.
Superstar Paul George is fed up with all of it and this week had some critical words for his teammates via the Indianapolis Star. After a loss to the Timberwolves, he pointed out the Pacers were lackluster against a team not even heading to the postseason.
Then, he said this:
“There’s no urgency, no sense of urgency, no winning pride,” he said. “This locker room is just not pissed off enough.”
As a guy who has led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, George knows what it takes to win in the playoffs and clearly he does not think their current roster has what it takes. Earlier this season he lamented the fact they are so bad on the road, as their 11-26 mark in away games is the worst among teams currently in the playoff picture.
Even with George, one of the game's best players, the Pacers look like a team few would be scared of come playoff time and he appears to know it.
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