9. New York Liberty select Megan Walker
With their newly-acquired first round pick (one of two new ones for the Liberty), I think Jonathan Kolb makes sure that he secures the best perimeter shooter in the draft, and that’s Megan Walker (or possibly her UConn teammate Crystal Dangerfield, but New York has point guard covered between Layshia Clarendon and Sabrina Ionescu). There’s essentially two ways the Megan Walker story goes. If she’s as limited as her detractors say, she’s still got a WNBA build, the size and strength to both create her own shot and hit the perimeter looks at elite rates, and that gives her a chance to be a more versatile defensive version of Shekinna Stricklen. Again, to me, that’s the floor. The ceiling? Her game continues to develop, she becomes a plus finisher, and we’re talking about a player who makes some all star teams. At the ninth pick, in this draft, that’s a terrific ceiling and a more-than-sufficient floor.