Napheesa Collier To Be Named WNBA Rookie Of The Year

Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx

The WNBA will announce Napheesa Collier as Rookie of the Year today, Kent Youngblood of Minnesota’s Star Tribune reports, crowning the UConn product as the best in a draft class with no shortage of impact players.

Collier filled the stat sheet for the Minnesota Lynx in her first year in the W and was the only rookie to participate in the All-Star Game. Collier didn’t fill score at quite the same rate as Rookie of the Year runner up Arike Ogunbowale but she contributed efficiently and across the board for a playoff contender.

Collier averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting .361 from beyond the arc and playing workhorse minutes. Her emergence as a first-year star allowed the Lynx to claw their way back to the postseason in 2019 despite the retirement of Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore’s sabbatical.

Collier, who was drafted No. 6 overall last April, received 29 of the 43 votes for the award while Ogunbowale received the remaining 14.

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2019-2020 ITH Season Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, our Big Ten team previews begin with a look …

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Monday Bolts: 9.16.19

Brett Dawson (The Athletic) is getting burnt up with questions about Oklahoma City’s frontcourt and backcourt players: “The idea when (Nerlens) Noel signed the first time was that he could rehabilitate his image in Oklahoma City, and he seems to have done that. He never came across as discontented, and the Thunder welcomed him back for another season. But it’s unclear if he’ll play more this season… Given that he’s on a good value contract, he might yet drum up interest on the trade market, and Noel is at the very least a valuable backup. He gets out of position at times defensively as he aggressively pursues blocks and steals, but he can disrupt an offense with both, and he’s shown comfort switching onto perimeter players in defending the pick and roll.”

Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report) looks at each team’s most promising rookie heading into the season, and is what you might call “skeptical” of Darius Bazley:“At this stage, he doesn’t have a core skill or strength. He’s not ready to execute his three-ball or one-on-one game. And it will take time for the 19-year-old to get a feel for the league’s physicality and athleticism. He won’t be useful this season to the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

Nick Gallo ( has another summer feature out, this time on new addition Mike Muscala:

Keith Smith (Yahoo! Sports) with a thread on cap situations, showing how the Thunder line up against the rest of the league:

You might be sick of hearing about the small forward we thought would wear #35 forever, but here’s one more tidbit from Alex Labidou ( “(P.J.) Dozier is hoping defense will be his calling card in the league. He sees himself as a big point guard who can also guard shooting guards and small forwards. In order to earn a roster spot, it’s the other side of the court where he’ll have to make strides. He showed some encouraging signs in the G League last season as he shot 45.6 percent from the field with the Maine Red Claws on his way to being tapped a G League All-Star. “I feel like I have a lot to bring to the table and it’s all about just having the opportunity,” Dozier said. “Whatever I need to do, that’s what I’m trying to do.” In addition, Dozier will have to prove he’s a good fit culturally on a hard-working, tight-knit Nuggets team.”

Power struggles abound. Shams Charania (The Athletic) reports that the league is trying to enforce and introduce tampering policies, and Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) reports that the NBA Players Association is pushing back hard on the NCAA’s new agent certification rules.

Gregg Popovich tells Tim Reynolds (Associated Press) he isn’t too upset with how the World Cup turned out: “Popovich said it’s too early to think about what USA Basketball needs to do before getting ready for the Tokyo Games. But he warned — just as two-time gold medalist Kobe Bryant did on Friday — that the days of American romps to gold are done. “There are a lot of great teams in the world,” Popovich said. “It’s not written in stone that the United States is supposed to walk to a championship.” We should’ve known Popovich was eager to coach Team USA as a mole for international basketball at large, not to maintain American excellence.

Fantasy Basketball: Team Assessor

I’m not the smartest guy. Corey Brewer anyone? As a result, I often lose track of where I’m at in certain categories when I’m drafting. Maybe it’s all the trees I smoked or the magic mushrooms I ate in the past. Whatever the case may be, I’m a dummy and can’t remember things too well. Therefore, I made a very basic draft tool on Google Sheets which keeps track of everything and lets me know how close/far I am away from certain benchmarks. Please click HERE to read about how I ascertained said benchmarks. So, 24 weeks of data gave me an average for what it took to win each category on a weekly basis. From there, I divided that number by 3.4 (the average number of games each team plays per week) which gave me a per game target number. Then, I submitted the sheet to Rudy (who is a real life wizard by the way) and he did his magic. Rudy was able to link all the players from my projections sheet so that the data wouldn’t have to be inputted manually. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! The sheet is pretty self explanatory. The row with the colors will show you how far away you are from the target number. Keep in mind that the projections are based off my numbers. Modify them to suit your needs. Hopefully this helps you guys out during your drafts.

September 15, 2019: The WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year, Dearica…

September 15, 2019: The WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year, Dearica Hamby, turns defense and a stunning lack of clock awareness into playoff victory, picking off the pass and draining the shot from just inside half court with 5.3 seconds remaining, sealing the victory for the Las Vegas Aces as they advance to the WNBA Semifinals.