Current roster certainties and virtual certainties:
PG: Ticha Penicheiro/Courtney Vandersloot
SG: Epiphanny Prince/Shay Murphy
SF: Swin Cash/Sonja Petrovic/Tamera Young
PF: Le’coe Willingham
C: Sylvia Fowles/Ruth Riley
Fighting for the final roster spot (or maybe to beat out Young, Murphy or Petrovic): Carolyn Swords, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Felicia Chester, Shey Peddy
Well, being in Russia coaching Spartak Vidnoje certainly didn’t hinder coach Pokey Chatman’s WNBA activity this offseason. They made a big splash early, turning the #2 overall pick in the draft into Swin Cash and Le’coe Willingham in a deal with Seattle. The addition of proven veterans continued in free agency, as point guard Ticha Penicheiro and center Ruth Riley were both brought into the fold. Chatman also made a deal with San Antonio for the rights to Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic, who’s been playing for her at Spartak, and even she could be a useful addition if she can adapt to the WNBA game.
The Sky have lost the likes of Erin Thorn, Dominique Canty and Michelle Snow from last year’s squad, but the players they’ve added give the roster a much stronger, deeper look. Cash gives them that big small forward that this team has been searching for for years and an extra scoring option, while Penicheiro should help limit the endless turnovers that drove Chatman insane last season (and offer Courtney Vandersloot an excellent mentor). Re-signing Shay Murphy and Tamera Young likely completes the perimeter rotation, although neither of those two (or Petrovic) are exactly uncuttable if someone unexpected surprises in training camp.
The post rotation is where there are still decisions to be made. Willingham is a solid addition, and could start if necessary, as could Riley in a twin-towers front line with Sylvia Fowles similar to how Snow was used last season. But behind those three your guess is as good as mine. Cash and Petrovic can both swing down to the 4 in an emergency but that final roster spot will likely go to a true post of some description. Swords, Wisdom-Hylton, Chester and maybe even someone off the waiver wire will be fighting it out to impress Chatman over the next couple of weeks to snag that last spot.