April 28, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: 2023 WNBA training camp preview
Jackie and Maggie Hendricks discuss the most competitive and trickiest camps.
WNBA Training Camps open this week and Maggie Hendricks of Bally Sports joined Jackie Powell on the latest Locked On Women’s Basketball podcast to discuss. They cover the most competitive training camps where there’s too much talent for too few roster spots (Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks), the most tricky to predict camps where there are a lot of young talents who have never played pro (Dallas Wings, Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky) and the changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that go into effect this year and how they impact this year’s training camp.
Maggie started the show by talking about the defending champion Las Vegas Aces and what to expect from their Training Camp.
“I don’t think you can talk about a camp that has A’ja Wilson and Candace Parker in the same camp and not say that that’s going to be crazy competitive because we know how both of those women are, you know, and when you throw Kelsey Plum in it then you throw a Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray. I mean, the work that’ll be happening in those camps is going to be impressive,” Maggie said. “The aces have so many big contracts, even with some players taking a discount. It’s still they have huge contracts. And so I think that means that they’re definitely probably only going to carry 11.”
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Then, they turned their attention to New York where the Liberty has built a formidable roster in the offseason with high-profile free agents from across the country. Who will join them after Training Camp?
“What’s really interesting here is you have pretty much four players fighting for one spot, and that’s why it is so so so competitive. The people who I think are for sure making the roster obviously the uber-talented starting five are projected starting five of Jonquel Jones, Betnijah Laney, Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot and Sabrina Ionescu,” Jackie, Liberty beat reporter for The Next said. She also mentioned Kayla Thornton, Stefanie Dolson, Han Xu and Marine Johannes who are protected or projected to retain their roster spots.
Maggie added, “There’s still a lot of moving parts in keeping a super team together. And so I think the expectation for the Liberty is that they need to win right now. So that means there’s not going to be a ton of time for development.”
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