The Minnesota Lynx might easily be the only chance for the Land of 10,000 Lakes to pick up a professional championship this season, seeing as how the Timberwolves, Vikings, Wild and Twins all have tampered our expectations. Women's basketball might be our sport, however, and it all starts on Monday afternoon when the WNBA holds its annual draft.
The draft isn't really all that important for the Lynx considering they're coming off of a championship-winning season and have very few holes in the roster, but it will give them another opportunity to add a solid player to the team already featuring Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore. If anyone is interested in who the Lynx might be picking when things get going at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, it looks as though they have a few different options.
Our friends Swish Appeal slotted the Lynx with Shenise Johnson of the Miami Hurricanes in their WNBA mock draft:
Johnson is the second best player in the draft, in my opinion, and I have a hard time believing the Lynx will pass on her. Glory Johnson is an option as some might argue she's the best available, but Shenise Johnson would fit beautifully into what the Lynx do as a smart player, efficient passer, and versatile defender.
Over at Canis Hoopus, though, there are a few other options presented as far as first round picks are concerned. Glory Johnson seems to be interesting.
Glory Johnson posted 37 double-doubles in her career in Tennessee, third in team history, and would be a terrific addition to the Lynx frontcourt. She could give McWilliams-Franklin a nice breather during the regular season and provide a good safety net in case Adair and Harris are not able to produce at a high level this year. Johnson was also the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and could bolster the Lynx' defense at the rim.
In conclusion, woo go Lynx!