February 12, 2021
Sparks sign Amanda Zahui B.
The move was first announced by Zahui B. herself in a Twitter post
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The Los Angeles Sparks continued their little roster revamp this offseason with the signing of Amanda Zahui B. on Thursday afternoon. Zahui B. comes to the Sparks after spending the last five seasons with the New York Liberty.
The move was first announced by Zahui B. herself in a Twitter post. It was followed by the Sparks making an official statement.
A former No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA draft, Zahui B. enjoyed the best season of her career last year putting up 9.0 points per game, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while shooting 34 percent from three-point range.
In the statement released by the organization, general manager and head coach Derek Fisher expressed excitement about being able to add her talent to the roster.
“Amanda Zahui B. brings rebounding, size, and can space the floor from the center positions,” Fisher said. “She’s a great teammate and person who brings the type of toughness and work ethic we want in our locker room. We’re really excited about her fit with the Sparks.”
Zahui B. has developed into one of the better stretch bigs in the league and could fit alongside Nneka Ogwumike in the frontcourt nicely. Ogwumike is also able to space the floor, but she’s at her best when she’s active around the rim. Zahui B. can provide that outside shooting to keep defenses from collapsing on Ogwumike especially with Candace Parker‘s departure.
A native of Sweden, Zahui B. began her career with the then Tulsa Shock in 2015 before being traded to New York. She’s had some success in the past against the Sparks such as the time she dropped a career-high 37 points at Staples Center in a Liberty win two seasons ago.
She joins Erica Wheeler as the Sparks’ other new free-agent signing.
Written by David Mendez-Yapkowitz
David has been with The Next team since the High Post Hoops days when he joined the staff in 2018. He is based in Los Angeles and covers the LA Sparks, Pac-12 Conference, Big West Conference and some high school as well.