11. Atlanta Dream: Marina Mabrey, G, Notre Dame
Here’s the thing about this Atlanta Dream roster: they don’t really utilize point guards in the way teams traditionally do. So when dealing Layshia Clarendon for Alex Bentley seemed like dealing from weakness for a redundant player to Renee Montgomery, it really reflects Nicki Collen’s system, where the one needs to be a deadly three-point shooter, facilitate second, and defend most of all.
Still, the Dream, for all their success this season, finished with the worst offensive efficiency in the league, dragged down by especially poor halfcourt execution. Enter Mabrey, who is good enough at the things Collen prizes, offering a 39 percent mark from three to go with a 5’11 height and tremendous intelligence that should translate well on the defensive end at the next level, though she’ll have some quickness issues against the league’s speediest guards. And when the Dream need buckets in the halfcourt set, having a Muffet McGraw-trained point guard with national title experience provides the Dream with a useful, necessary added dimension.