May 29, 2018
With the long-awaited return of all-world caliber talent Liz Cambage, the Dallas Wings are ready to shake up the WNBA.
Liz Cambage was considered a prodigy of the game ever since she took up basketball at the age of 10. The towering center made her debut in Australia’s top professional league, the Women's National Basketball League, at the age of just 17 and was already representing the Australian women’s national team the following year in 2009. The teenager quickly established herself as one of her country’s most promising players, leading Melbourne’s Bulleen Boomers to the league title while earning MVP honors.
Her outstanding play gained worldwide recognition as she was drafted second overall by the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock the same year. She thrived in her rookie season and was named to the All-Star team. After taking a season off, in which she started for her nation at the 2012 Olympics, she returned for the 2013 WNBA season and was once again dominant for her club. However, the 6-foot-8 Australian was unsure about her role as a franchise player for the struggling team as she expressed a desire to get better rather than to lead the team, and eventually left the WNBA.
In the intervening years, Cambage has dominated in her native Australia as well as in China. Following her dominant performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she showed that she belonged among the top players in the world by averaging 23 and 10 at the tournament, the Dallas Wings management was eager to woo her back to the WNBA. Having moved from Tulsa, the Wings franchise was determined to show Cambage that her next stint in the league would be a more positive one, surrounded by talented teammates. Still only 26 years old, Cambage will look to fit into the Wings’ fast-paced offense and provide an interior presence on defense as they seek to break the recent Sparks-Lynx stranglehold on the WNBA crown.
Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.