WNBA Mock Draft 2021: Dallas Wings Secure Charli Collier
WNBA Mock Draft
The highly anticipated WNBA draft will take place this Thursday, April 15th, at 7 pm. The show will air on ESPN and will celebrate the league’s 25th season.
Recently, Bleacher Report stated that the Los Angeles Sparks have traded for the 7th overall pick from the Dallas Wings. The deal gives the Sparks the #7th pick in 2021 and the 2022 2nd round pick from the Wings. In exchange, the Sparks will send their 2022 1st round pick to Dallas.
Our mock draft reflects the newly announced trade.
Round One of WNBA Draft
1. Dallas Wings: Charli Collier*, C, Texas
Charlie is a surefire immediate impact player. She’s long, agile, strong, and already has a feel for the game that most players don’t understand until a few years into their career. Add in her much improved three-point shooting, and it’s no secret why the Dallas Wings would draft Collier, who is already a favorite to win Rookie of the Year.
2. Dallas Wings: Awak Kuier, PF, Finland
The sky is the limit for 19-year-old Kuier. So it only fits that to reach her Sky potential, she’s drafted by the Wings. Not to mention, she’s averaging 8.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots this season in EuroLeague. Pairing Kuier with Collier could make for a very dangerous
3. Atlanta Dream: Rennia Davis, SF, Tennessee
Renna led the Lady Vols throughout all of the regular season. In those moments, Davis displayed the ability to be a swiss army knife on the court. The athletic wing player can shoot, pass, rebound, and defend multiple positions.
Her offensive efficiency and defensive versatility will help propel the Dream’s new era positively.
4. Indiana Fever: Aari McDonald, PG, Arizona
Aari proved the ability to lead fearlessly deep into the women’s NCAA tournament. Her tenacity, speed, and confidence will breathe a new life of energy into the Fever. McDonald showed her ability to distribute the basketball and will her teammates to victory.
Leadership and her scoring ability should land her in Indiana if she’s still on the board.
5. Dallas Wings: Dana Evans, PG, Louisville
Dana is one of the most clutch players in the draft. Not only that, but she’s also considered, if not one of, the best players in the history of Louisville’s program. She was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and can handle the ball well in transition.
However, Evans is exceptionally efficient in half-court sets. Her ability to play the game at different speeds will make the Wings a much more versatile team.
6. New York Liberty: Arella Guirantes, SG, Rutgers
Who knows if Guirantes will be available this late, but if so, she’ll have a chance to become the Queen of New York. Simply put, Arella is a scoring machine. Immediately, she’ll be able to give the Liberty some much-needed scoring, as the team finished with an overall record of 2 wins and 20 losses.
Although Liberty primarily needs a big, it would be irresponsible to leave a scorer like Guirantes on the board.
7. Los Angeles Sparks: Chelsea Dungee, SG, Arkansas
Dungee is well-known for being a lethal three-point shooter. During her time at Arkansas, her shooting ability led her to several accolades, including being the program’s all-time scorer with 2,147 points.
The Sparks are already one of the best teams in the entire league. Chelsea’s shooting fits in well with the Ogwumike sisters and veteran leadership of Seimone Augustus.
8. Chicago Sky: Kiana Williams, PG, Stanford
Kiana was one of the essential pieces to a Stanford team that just won a national title. Of course, the Chicago Sky is a guard-heavy team. However, Williams led the Cardinals with 14.0 points per game, 3.1 assists, 82 3-pointers while playing a team-high 32.3 minutes.
Her consistency and decision-making give the Sky another player who can get off their shot, easing presser off of Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley.
9. Minnesota Lynx: Natasha Mack, PF, Oklahoma State
Mack could very well be the best defensive player in the entire draft. If the New York Liberty decide to draft the defender, she could be off the board as high as #6.
Mack averaged 19.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game her senior year at Oklahoma State. Her ability to rebound at an elite level will come in handy for the Lynx.
10. Los Angeles Sparks: Jasmine Walker, PF, Alabama
Let’s face it, while the Sparks are an incredible team, some of their most important players are getting older. With Nneka Ogwumike and Seimone Augustus in their 9th and 15th seasons, respectively, the Sparks could look to inject some youth into their frontcourt.
Walker’s versatility will allow her to play in at the PF or C position at the WNBA level. Look for the Sparks to capitalize if she’s still on the board.
11. Seattle Storm: Michaela Onyenwere, SF, UCLA
The Storm could look to fine-tune their already fully functioning machine by adding depth to their wing positions. Standing at 6-foot, Onyenwere is considered by many to be the best overall athlete in the draft.
Look for the Storm to mold Michaela into SG/SF, who can be a pest on the defensive end on the opposing team’s best player.
12. Las Vegas Aces: DiJonai Carrington, SG, Baylor
Carrington drastically improved her draft stock by her play in the NCAA tournament. DiJonai put up 18 points and more than six rebounds per game as she led Baylor in the tournament.
A team like the Aces could initially use Carrington off the bench as a sparkplug to carry their second unit as they advance their quest for championship contention.
Round Two of WNBA Draft
13. Dallas Wings: Lindsey Pulliam, SG, Northwestern
14. Las Vegas Aces: Unique Thompson, PF, Auburn
15. Atlanta Dream: Chelsey Perry, PF, UT Martin
16. Chicago Sky: Iliana Rupert, C, France
17. New York Liberty: Shyla Heal, PG, Australia
18. Seattle Storm: Jenna Staiti, C, Georgia
19. Indiana Fever: Stephanie Watts, SG, North Carolina
20. Connecticut Sun: Destiny Slocum, PG, Arkansas
21. Connecticut Sun: Ivana Raca, SF, Wake Forest
22. Los Angeles Sparks: DiDi Richards, PG, Baylor
24. Indiana Fever: Ciera Johnson, C, Texas A&M
Round Three of WNBA Draft
25. New York Liberty: Raquel Carrera, F, Spain
26. Indiana Fever: Selena Lott, PG, Marquette
27. Atlanta Dream: Tiana Mangakahia, PG, Syracuse
28. Los Angeles Sparks: Aaliyah Wilson, SG, Texas A&M
29. New York Liberty: Kysre Gondrezick, PG, West Virginia
30. Connecticut Sun: Jenn Wirth, PF, Gonzaga
31. Indiana Fever: N’dea Jones, PF, Texas A&M
32. Phoenix Mercury: Natalie Kucowski, PF, Lafayette
33. Indiana Fever: Cece Hooks, SG, Ohio
34. Los Angeles Sparks: Aleah Goodman, SG, Oregon State
35. Seattle Storm: Nancy Mulkey, C, Rice
36. Las Vegas Aces: Micaela Kelly, PG, Central Michigan