8. Chelsea Gray
A primary reason for optimism for the Los Angeles Sparks, both in 2019 and long-term, is the presence of Chelsea Gray, who presents endless problems for opponents at both ends of the floor. Her defensive ability has improved dramatically since entering the league, an expanded quickness supplementing her strong 5’11 frame to limit opposing point guards. On the offensive end, though, what do you do? She averaged 1.643 points off screens last season, per Synergy — that’s about as close to an automatic two points as you’re going to find from any player on any play. She shot north of 80 percent from the free throw line in 2017-18, and is north of 90 so far in 2019, so you can’t hack her. She’s a 40 percent shooter from three over the past three seasons, so you can’t sag off her. The only real answer is, she’s going to do what she wants, and you need to get ready to run back on defense. This ranking feels low.