Even amongst the unusual circumstances of the wubble, our 12 WNBA teams still gave us the best efforts they had.
With so many veterans sitting out the season due to Covid-19 concerns and travel issues, it opened up roster spots for more youngsters looking to make an early mark on the W’s landscape.
Five of those rookies were recognized by the WNBA as having made its all-rookie squad. It was headlined by Crystal Dangerfield (Minnesota Lynx), who last week was also announced as the 2020 Rookie of the Year.
Rounding out the team were Chennedy Carter (Atlanta Dream), Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings), Jazmine Jones (New York Liberty) and Julie Allemand (Indiana Fever).
Four of the five received 11 votes from a panel of head coaches with Jones receiving six.
— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) September 27, 2020
— Indiana Fever ⛹️♀🏀 (@IndianaFever) September 27, 2020
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) September 27, 2020
🦄 WNBA All-Rookie Team 🦄
Congrats @satou_sabally! 👏
— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) September 27, 2020
Dangerfield played a key role on a Lynx team that reached the WNBA semifinals for the first time since the last year Minnesota won a championship – 2017. She averaged 16.2 points per game and posted a 92% free-throw shooting percentage.
Carter was the fourth overall pick to the Dream and topped the rookie scoring statistics at 17.4 points per game. Injury sidelined her for six games, but she posted a 30-point effort early in the season against the Seattle Storm – one of the participants in this season’s Finals.
Sabally averaged 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and over two assists for a Wings team that competed for a playoff berth until the very conclusion of the season. Those statistics put her in rarefied air with Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart – three all-time W greats.
Jones proved to be a bright spot for a Liberty team continuing its rebuild and transition to Brooklyn. She averaged nearly 11 points per game for New York and put up such numbers while coming off the bench in the majority of the games she played.
Allemand proved exactly why one sleeps on late third-round picks at your own peril. She started all 22 games this season for the Fever and became the first rookie in WNBA history to average eight points, five assists and four rebounds. Indiana continues to stockpile young talent.