Las Vegas has made some major amendments this offseason. They have brought Becky Hammon as head coach and Natalie Williams as general manager. Both of them replaced Bill Laimbeer and Dan Pavoder respectively. However, they lost Liz Cambage and Angel McCoughtry in free agency.
Las Vegas has never been settled with anything less than the best, particularly under new owner Mark Davis.
The team had the second-best record, led by ten points in Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals. To establish a specialized practice facility for the Aces, Davis got the best deal.
Only two additional players in Las Vegas make more than the basic wage. Only four players in the city have guaranteed contracts. Las Vegas is the perfect place for a first-year draftee to have an instant impact on a club that wants to win a title.
Dearica Hamby is the only viable power forward in the team if Wilson is a center, therefore the Aces must strengthen that position. Hillmon would give the Aces rebounds and inside scoring, but she lacks range on her shot and would also force Wilson away from the basket because of her small stature.
The issue is that all of the other forward-sized players are anticipated to go earlier than they actually will. Engstler would be a fantastic fit in this lineup given her ability to have an impact on a game without scoring.
Theresa Plaisance, Kiah Stokes, and Kalani Brown are all joining the team for training camp, and they could all effectively handle the center spot, particularly if Wilson occasionally moves there while Hamby plays the 4.
Las Vegas might then focus on wings. Jackie Young is now the only perimeter player capable of defending opposing small forwards. In this case, the Aces might be considering Kierstan Bell, Rae Burrell, and Evina Westbrook if they slip.
An opportunity for the players who made it to the training camp
The majority of WNBA draft picks are at risk. Making the roster is yet another challenge, and it’s not a given that they will make it to training camp unless they were selected in the first round. However, athletes need to be lining up to be selected by Las Vegas. This club is intriguing to watch since it has a unique roster combination of superstar talent.