3. Indiana Fever select Lauren Cox
It is easy to lose sight of what is directly in front of us. The conversation about Sabrina Ionescu shifted for a bit earlier this year, and I am convinced it was because Ionescu has been part of the national conversation for four years, with people always looking for something new. Well, the same effect seems to be happening with Lauren Cox, an emphasis on the questions about her mobility, her health. And so it’s important to remember: Lauren Cox is going to really help a WNBA team, and right away! She’s a top-notch rebounder, she gets blocks in bunches, often on the help side, she shoots it from anywhere, including beyond the three-point line. She’s an elite passer for her size, she seldom turns the ball over. Just imagine this Indiana front line. Who is scoring at the rim with Cox and Teaira McCowan protecting it? Who is defending McCowan one-on-one, and when the help comes, who is dealing with the endless good looks the Fever get from Cox and Victoria Vivians? This is a playoff team with Lauren Cox, period.