With the start of another WNBA season comes the annual race for players to claim a very limited number of roster spots. After accounting for returning veterans, rookies have to immediately prove that they can contribute to their teams. Fortunately, not all veterans arrive in training camp when it starts due to overseas play so there are additional roster spots up to the limit of fifteen that can be filled by rookies until other players join. Coming off their final college seasons and often still with school commitments, training camp is a quick introduction to the nonstop seasons that those who make rosters can expect to continue to experience.
Now that opening day rosters are set, let’s take a look at a breakdown of their composition. The late running overseas season has resulted in three additional players being carried to opening day, while Minnesota is only carrying eleven players. That leaves 146 players, including 107 who were on a roster in some capacity to end last season and another 10 with previous WNBA experience. That leaves 29 rookies. Two of the those players were draft picks from previous seasons who have signed for the first time while six were from previous drafts, including some with previous training camp experience. This draft class provides twenty-one players. Injuries leave one first round pick unsigned while the other eleven players have made it to opening day. In the second round, there was one unsigned pick and one international pick, leaving four players who made it through training camp and one who was waived and then claimed by another team, meaning that five of the drafted players were let go by the end of training camp. [Read more…]