The Dallas Wings are going into this year’s draft with full intentions of rebuilding a franchise.
Despite the uncertainty revolving around the immediate future of sports, fans will continue to have the opportunity to be a part of the 2020 WNBA Draft— virtually. League Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the selections on a live broadcast set for Friday 7p.m. ET on ESPN.
With a dominant four first-round picks (2,5,7, and 9,) this draft will be a defining moment for the Wings.
“This draft is vitally important to us,” Dallas president and CEO Greg Bibb said. “What happens in this draft will set the agenda for our organization for the next decade. If we do it right, the next decade could be really good. And if we miss, then we have some problems.”
This year’s number one draft pick will undoubtedly be Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu taking her all-around talents to New York, but it’s the Wings who are expected to have the most dominant impact on this draft.
With the No.2 draft pick, I am projecting the Wings to take Oregon forward Satou Sabally.
After three productive seasons at Oregon, the 6-foot-4 junior will forgo her senior season and bring some much needed versatility to the Dallas Wings.
Sabally averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Given her size, the German-native is considered a smaller forward but was undeniably the most efficient forward in the NCAA. With a combination of size and speed, defending Sabally will be an absolute challenge. She made 180 3-pointers on 37.8% shooting in her career ‘but is also great off the dribble and driving to the basket.’
Her athleticism and offensive play is among the very best in this draft and if Sabally’s professional career develops as successfully as projected, the Wings will have found a complementary addition in the front court.
Needless to say the pressure is on for the Wings. The stage is set and they are going to have to get this right in order to change the narrative of this franchise.