Welcome to Bullets Forever's 2016 WNBA Draft Preview. We will review the Mystics' needs and several draft prospects who they may be considering as we head toward the 2016 WNBA Draft.
In Part 1, we discussed the Mystics' draft needs as they head toward Draft Day on April 14.
In Part 2, we talked about the draft prospects who you can safely bet won't be playing in Washington.
In this part, we will talk about the players who are more likely to be in the Mystics' range.
Today, we will go through a list of draft prospects who are likely to be taken sometime in the first round but are unlikely to be lottery picks. Since the Mystics have only the seventh pick in the Draft, it is likely that the Mystics' newest first round pick will be among those listed on this post.
We should let you know that like the NBA, WNBA Draft picks who are selected seventh or later do not have a good track record staying beyond three years. However, Thibault and his staff have a very strong track record at evaluating draft talent, so there is a good chance that whoever they pick will be a contributor. After all, look at Emma Meesseman.
Tiffany Mitchell (5’9 G, South Carolina)
Mitchell was long considered to be the second or third-best player in this year's draft, but a disappointing senior season may have her sliding down the board for many teams. Tiffany Mitchell is cut from a similar mold as Tayler Hill, with explosive athleticism and dynamic scoring ability.
She’s also a very good defender and a career 39% three point shooter. Even in a down year (she’s shooting just 42 percent from the field, and has nearly as many turnovers as assists), don’t be surprised to see her get picked in the lottery. Still, well-regarded mock drafts have her sliding down to the bottom half of the first round.
Courtney Williams (5’8 G, South Florida)
Williams is another big-time scoring guard, averaging 22.4 points per game in her senior season en route to be named an AP All-American. She gets to the free throw line better than many post players, and she shot 38% from three on a little over four attempts per game. Like many of the other guards on the list, Williams would have to work hard to earn a spot in the rotation, but she brings a lot of talent and relentlessness that may be hard to resist if she’s still on the board.
Imani Boyette (neé McGee-Stanford) (6’7 C, Texas)
Boyette is a tough shot blocker (2.9 per game) and aggressive rebounder (8.9 per game), and at 6’7" she has the potential to be the defensive answer to Brittney Griner.
Center is perhaps the hardest position to break into on the Mystics roster with Meeseman, Dolson, and Kia Vaughn all contributing at that position. But it’s hard not to love Boyette’s upside, and while she plays a the same position as some of the Mystics’ core players, she brings a different skill set that would only increase the team’s versatility.
One last piece of trivia on Boyette that is "kinda" Wizards-related: She's JaVale McGee's younger sister.
Jonquel Jones (6’6 F/C, George Washington)
Jones may be intriguing to the Mystics as a stretch-five prospect and hometown player. She’s also a great rebounder (14. 6 a game!), a skilled passer and can be a playmaker in the post. However, she is also somewhat turnover prone.
Her combination of skills is rare and will make her an attractive prospect to many teams, though perhaps less so to the Mystics since Dolson and Meeseman both have the stretch/playmaking post role down.
When's the draft?
The WNBA Draft will air on ESPN2 tomorrow, on April 14 at 7 p.m. ET.