The 2023 WNBA Draft brought a few surprises and saw the game's future be selected into the most competitive women's basketball league in the world. Up next: six weeks of training before the players start their professional careers. Life moves quickly for women's hoops stars.
Before we get there, though. Let's review how all 12 teams did on draft night.
Picks: Aliyah Boston, Grace Berger, Taylor Mikesell, LaDazhia Williams, Victaria Saxton
Vibe check: The Fever did it. They finally tanked correctly and luckily enough to receive the No. 1 pick and draft a generational star in Aliyah Boston. That's all they needed to walk away with a gigantic win. But Berger and Mikesell have a real chance to make the roster as well. Mikesell's shooting is big-time, and Berger's experience as a mid-range shooter could come in handy, too.
Grade: A+. Y'all got Aliyah Boston.
Picks: Diamond Miller, Maia Hirsch, Dorka Juhasz, Brea Beal, Taylor Soule
Vibe check: The Lynx had an incredible night. Not only did they walk away with the player who debatably has the highest ceiling after Boston, they drafted a 19-year-old, 6-foot-5 French prospect with potential in Hirsch, a center with size in Juhasz, and Beal was the steal of the draft at No. 24.
Picks: Maddy Siegrist, Stephanie Soares, Lou Lopez Senechal, Abby Meyers, Ashley Joens, Paige Robinson
Vibe check: If you attended the 2023 WNBA Draft, you were probably selected by the Dallas Wings, who via trade held the No. 3, 4, 5 and 11 picks.
Let's talk about the trade, though. To land the No. 4 pick to draft Soares, Dallas dealt a 2024 second-round pick and more importantly, a 2025 first-round pick (via the Atlanta Dream) to the Washington Mystics. That's a draft class that could, if everyone stays an extra year in school, have Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Paige Bueckers, Cameron Brink, Aaliyah Edwards and more. Yikes.
On the bright side, the drafted college basketball's leading scorer, and most of the best shooters in the class. They won't all make the roster, though.
Picks: Elena Tsineke, Txell Alarcon
Vibe check: There's a chance neither player is on the roster this season, but that doesn't matter. The Mystics had the draft's biggest non-player steal by trading their No. 4 pick, Stephanie Soares, for a 2025 first-round pick via the Atlanta Dream. That pick could net them a generational talent should the Dream still be in the WNBA's middle tier or worse, and any of the top prospect in college basketball (Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Paige Bueckers, Cameron Brink, Aaliyah Edwards etc) remain in school an extra year.
It's a lot of ifs, but a risk a team already good enough to win a championship should be taking.
Picks: Haley Jones, Laeticia Amihere, Leigha Brown
Vibe check: Jones and Amihere both have to work on their shooting range, but are strong rebounders and finishers around the rim. Jones in particular was viewed as the No. 2 pick before the season started. Strong value.
Picks: Jordan Horston, Madi Williams, Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, Jade Loville
Vibe check: Wow, the draft couldn't have worked out better for the Seattle Storm. Horston was viewed as a top-3 pick heading into draft night, and she fell to the bottom of the draft in a perfect fit for a team that needs play-making and defense. Horston should make the Storm roster, and that may not have happened depending on how far she dropped.
Picks: Zia Cooke, Shanice Swain, Monika Czinano
Vibe check: The Sparks needed shooting and will get two chances with Cooke and Swain. It was a solid day for L.A.
Picks: Alexis Morris, Ashten Prechtel
Vibe check: We all saw what Morris did in the championship game with 21 points and nine assists. Good value with the No. 22 pick.
Picks: Kayana Traylor, Kseniya Malashka
Vibe check: Traylor was a key player for a tough Virginia Tech team. Let's see how she can play in training camp.
Picks: Destiny Harden, Kadi Sissoko
Vibe check: You remember Harden from the Miami buzzer-beater. Excited to see how she does in training camp.
Picks: Brittany Davis
Picks: Okako Adika
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