The New York Liberty open up the 2020 WNBA season this week against the Seattle Storm which is a guarantee that this team will be starting this season where they left off last year: losing. But there is some optimism for this team. For once, it will not be a dire year of nothingness.
2019 record: 10-24 finishing 11th in the WNBA. Trash.
Draft picks: No. 1 Sabrina Ionescu, No. 9 Megan Walker; No. 10 Jocelyn Willoughby, No. 12 Jazmine Jones, No. 13 Kylee Shook and No. 15 Leaonna Odom. Everyone on this team is a rookie.
Players added: G/F Stephanie Talbot (opted out of the season though), G Layshia Clarendon and F Joyner Holmes (another rookie).
Players lost: Tina Charles traded. Bria Hartley signed with Phoenix. Reshanda Gray signed with Los Angeles. Tanisha Wright retired. Brittany Boyd, Tayler Hill and Reshanda Gray cut. Marine Johannés and Han Xu to remain overseas in 2020; Rebecca Allen and Asia Durr have opted not to play in 2020.
The 5 Biggest questions for the 2020 WNBA New York Liberty
1. Is Sabrina Ionescu the messiah?
I’m being told that Sabrina Ionescu is the GOAT because she racked up a record number of triple-doubles and like, texted Kobe sometimes. The 2020 New York Liberty are going to need Sabrina Ionescu to be the Prince That Was Promised and become the best point guard in the WNBA.
2. Can Walt Hopkins fix this team?
I hate the fact that a woman lost her job and was replaced by a man in a league where all of the players are women but you know what I hate even more? The last two seasons, the Liberty had franchise lows in wins.
Walt Hopkins is a geek that has a masters degree from Harvard. No idea what that has to do with basketball but like, that’s good for him(?) and I can’t imagine he’ll be any worse than Katie Smith was.
3. What does this team look like without Tina Charles?
Tina Charles is a player that I’ve pretended to like because she’s an automatic bucket and there were really no other stars on this team. That being said, she was a black hole that drained shot clocks and wasted possessions with awful posting up every chance she had.
Amanda Zahui B is the longest-tenured Liberty on the roster and is coming off her best WNBA season in 2019. She is the face you will be seeing in most of the Liberty’s promotions as she is without a doubt the best player on the team and although I don’t think she has anywhere near the scoring ability of Tina, she now has a point guard that can get her the ball where she wants it.
4. How will all these rookies play together?
There are seven rookies on this roster. They’re basically a division I college basketball team expected to compete against Breanna Stewart and Skylar Diggins. The Liberty are the youngest team in the league and only have one player on the roster with at least five years of WNBA experience.
Sabrina is dope or whatever but Deadseriousness is a Megan Walker fan site. The rookie from UConn averaged 19.7 points per game, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals on 47.7% shooting from the field and 45% shooting from 3. *whispers* you can be a great basketball player without recording meaningless triple-doubles.
5. Who should they draft with the 2021 No. 1 overall pick?
Okay uh, the Liberty are going to suck again.