2024 WNBA Mock Draft
By Sean Schultz, Brad Lake, Blake Spadaro
There are so many factors going into this upcoming draft and in our opinion, there's never been a draft like it. It can be one of the deepest in recent memory but it's hard to accurately do a mock draft for it because there are so many potential picks that may decide to take their 5th year of eligibility aka COVID year and return for another college season thus altering the projections. So given that, let's just go with the best information we have available which is what we did and our team sat down, discussed each team's need, and gave the best guesses we could give for our first WNBA Swish mock draft.
PICK 1: Indiana Fever.
NEEDS: The Fever is one of the most exciting teams in the W, they really are. It's hard if you're a hoops fan to watch their young core and not feel the energy and excitement. Led by new HC Christie Sides and anchored by one of the league's most exciting young players in Aliyah Boston you can’t help but feel like the Fever are so close to surging to the top of the league with just a little more growth and the right piece. The Fever can benefit from anyone in this amazing talent pool but if superstar Caitlin Clark declares for the draft, the Fever will undoubtedly select her and skyrocket to championship contenders. She fills every need they have and then some. Indiana needs a playmaker, someone to move the ball around and help score not to mention a dynamic marketing presence to sell out games and Clark fits the bill.
PICK: CAITLIN CLARK, IOWA
PICK 2: LOS ANGELES SPARKS
NEEDS: There’s a lot LA needs, but one of its biggest needs is to keep team star Nneka Ogwumike happy, and to do so fast, they need some rapid team building and have lots of needs to fill. The good news is that the existing players they have are exciting, some of the best in the league, they have an amazing coach in Curt Miller and a slew of new folks in their organization, and don’t seem to be too keen on simply waiting for years to make noise. Their choice is which needs to address in free agency vs the draft. We believe in the draft they would be wise to stack another dynamic big down in the paint who could both make an immediate impact and learn under Nneka, someone poised to not just be a star but a superstar in the W, especially given the abundance of guards available to them in free agency.
PICK: CAM BRINK, STANFORD
PICK 3: PHOENIX MERCURY
NEEDS: The Mercury have been under the leadership of GOAT Diana Taurasi for a long time now, also BG, but they also have come off two difficult seasons, and it's clear they need to begin a transition to the next generation of players. What a way to start that off by dipping into this draft talent pool to select a star who can spend time learning under Taurasi and help transition this team. It just so happens they also need a guard who has a strong defensive mind, can spread the ball and score, and take over for Diana as the star of this team. In short, they need a jack of all trades. Who can fill that role?
PICK: PAIGE BUECKERS, UCONN
PICK 4: SEATTLE STORM
NEEDS: It's no secret that for the Storm, Breanna Stewart’s absence combined with the retirement of Sue Bird has left the team with some gaping holds and in a complete rebuild mode. Which means where do you start? This is a league with a lot of guard options but not as many options at the 5, there's a lack of true centers. You don’t always get that many options in the draft for it either and when you do, they may not be the talent level a team needs. Luckily in this deep draft, there are a few pretty good options and luckily for the Storm, those options look to have a major impact now level players. Also luckily for the Storm, there's one that fits the bill and checks the boxes for everything they need.
PICK: KAMILLA CARDOSO, SOUTH CAROLINA
PICK 5: DALLAS WINGS
NEEDS: Last season the Wings finished dead last in perimeter shooting at 31% and they need not only to add some strong shooting at the 3 but need to bring in a dynamic guard with pristine court vision and a high basketball IQ, someone who can spread the ball and play the kind of defense that can compliment Latricia Trammell’s system. There are so many great guards that fit that role, both in free agency and in this draft especially. It's one of those situations where it would be difficult to go wrong. When push comes to shove, there’s only one that comes to mind when you combine the above and the right personality fit for this tough and gritty young team.
PICK: GEORGIA AMOORE, VIRGINIA TECH
PICK 6: WASHINGTON MYSTICS
NEEDS: Washington is another team in rebuild mode. With the status of star players Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud in serious question when it comes to which team roster they will be on next season, the Mystics definitely need to start shaping their future. The cornerstone of the rebuild is Shakira Austin so they need to start putting the pieces in place around her. Assuming Cloud decides to move on, the Mystics should fill her spot with another guard who can fill the leadership void and bring in some high-octane scoring. In our minds, there's one player who comes to mind.
PICK: RICKEA JACKSON, TENNESSEE
PICK 7: MINNESOTA LYNX
NEEDS: The Lynx are another exciting young team that has done pretty good at rebuilding and transitioning from their dynasty into the next generation. Napheesa Collier, Diamond Miller, and Dorka Juhasz are the next generation of superstars, and while the team could use another strong anchor in the paint, more than anything they need a guard who can run the offense. A guard with great leadership qualities, who can add to the talented bigs and be able to fit the mold with that team's chemistry. There are lots of good fits, but we think we found the perfect fit.
PICK: JACY SHELDON, OHIO STATE
PICK 8: ATLANTA DREAM
NEEDS: Cheyenne Parker is an amazing player and leader for that team. They also have a slate of talented guards and good cap space to shore up the guard position if they feel the need to stack up more at that position which they shouldn’t. In our opinion they need a shot blocker, a rebounder, and a scorer who can compliment Rhyne Howard, in other words, they need a pure center. Who fits the bill for the dream at 8 with that description? The best pure center in the draft does.
PICK: ELIZABETH KITLEY, VIRGINIA TECH
PICK 9: DALLAS WINGS
NEEDS: We went over the team needs for the Wings earlier when the 5th pick was up, and those needs are going to stay the same even if the picks fall in line with our projections. Given that, we won’t go over them all again but they could still use another guard.
PICK: CHARISMA OSBORNE, UCLA
PICK 10: CONNECTICUT SUN
NEEDS: Let's face it, we love the Sun but they are the perennial “almost” there team. There is also a mountain of pressure on Alyssa Thomas and she needs some help and relief. With the retirement of Tiffany Hayes, they need to fill that guard spot. The WNBA is famous for bringing in some Australian players who become legends and there are some diamonds in the rough with the Australian selection this year that we think.
PICK: ISOBEL BORLASE
PICK 11: NEW YORK LIBERTY
NEEDS: The Liberty had a storied season filled with so much excitement and a New York-sized level of talent. They don’t need much but they could always do well with some tweaks, like adding depth to their already stacked roster. In this case, we think they need to add some depth at the 3, someone who could rotate from there into the guard position when needed but could really handle themselves anywhere the team needed.
PICK: NYADIEW PUOCH
PICK 12: LOS ANGELES SPARKS
NEEDS: Here we have another situation where the Sparks will have the same needs regardless of how this stacked draft falls into place. Our pick for this spot is one of the most talented players in the country and in any other draft could be drafted much higher. But she falls here, don’t let that fool you. This is poised to be an extremely deep draft. The Sparks need to use the draft to shore up their depth at the 4 and 5, and with Curt Miller’s history of coaching and developing both young talent and bigs, we have the perfect player in mind for the Sparks.
PICK. AALIYAH EDWARDS, UCONN
The 2024 WNBA draft is set to take place on April 15th.
ROUND 2 MOCK COMING SOON!