Six rookies? Six rookies!
Jackie Powell spoke with New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb about his new roster, half-filled with selections from the 2020 WNBA Draft.
“But for the New York Liberty, in a sea of uncertainty, what is definite is their commitment to their youth movement. Has any WNBA roster been half-stocked with first-year players before? Six rookies appearing in a game is nothing short of historic and is the result of a franchise reset.”
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In a moment when continuity is likely to be rewarded, at least short-term, Kolb expressed the ways in which this will also speed up the Liberty rebuild.
“In terms of how this can be a benefit, it’s going to mean more court time for players that would have, otherwise, not necessarily seen that,” Kolb said. “It’s going to allow some people to rise to the top and it’s going to be just more opportunity at the end of the day… and we’re really focused on these 12 and really getting them to the to be the best players that they can be so that we can collectively be the best we can be.”
Matt Ward profiled Brianna McDaniel, a high school phenom who looks like the next great player coming out of Chicago.
“In being from Chicago, there were no shortages of basketball stars for McDaniel to look up to, enjoy, and model her game after, as Chicago has a strong and rich basketball history,” Ward wrote. “For McDaniel, whose favorite team was the Chicago Bulls, there was no one more fun to watch and to model her game after than Derrick Rose.”