October 8, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Would you rather build a team around Sabrina Ionescu or Jewell Loyd?

And which lottery team would you bet on to make the WNBA playoffs next season?

The latest episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast features our Hunter Cruse and Joshua Welch playing a game of “Would You Rather,” WNBA style! The first question: Which guard initiator would you rather build your team around for the present and future? The choices Hunter offers Joshua are Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever) and Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm).

Joshua makes his case for Loyd:

“I think she’s going to have a major opportunity this next season to really expand her game and be the focal point of that franchise with Sue Bird obviously retiring and then potentially [Breanna Stewart] exploring free agency or potentially staying overseas. So I feel like this is going to be her team. … I just think there’s another level to her game where she can be considered one of the best guards in this league if she’s given the opportunity.”


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The next question the co-hosts tackle is which young defensive anchor you would rather build around: Ezi Magbegor (Seattle), Shakira Austin (Washington Mystics), Brianna Turner (Phoenix Mercury) or Queen Egbo (Indiana). This question is so tough that Hunter hedged with his pick:

“It’s Ezi Magbegor. It’s kind of a toss-up between her and Shakira. Both [are] scheme-versatile bigs that can play at the level of the screen. They’re also really good as a weak-side rim protector as well. Very mobile, very young.”

Later in the episode, Hunter and Joshua also tackle the following topics:

  • Which lottery team would you bet on to make the playoffs next season?
  • How is WNBA Rookie of the Year Rhyne Howard playing so far in her overseas season?
  • Which undrafted free agent caught Joshua’s eye overseas?

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