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Rebuilding the Lynx


The defending champions swap key members of their bench for a few new additions


The Minnesota Lynx are a shining bastion in the WNBA, with their combination of dominating talents and focus on team play. With the multiple All-Stars on their roster, an outsider may expect the Lynx to play an isolation-heavy system, but that could not be further from the truth as the team utilized a full rotation en route to the 2017 WNBA title. 


Despite their recent dominance, the departure of some key bench contributors have sent the Lynx into recruiting mode as they seek to defend their crown. With the retirement of former All-Star Jia Perkins and trades involving the athletic Natasha Howard and sharpshooter Renee Montgomery, here are a few key additions that will solidify the Lynx’s spot atop the WNBA pedestal.


Danielle Robinson: The veteran floor general will likely be the main difference-maker for Minnesota, with her unrelenting pace and wealth of experience. As the de facto backup to Lindsay Whalen, the 5-foot-8 three-time All-Star will push the pace on offense and disrupt opposing playmakers on the defensive end.
Cecilia Zandalasini: Technically not a newcomer, the 21-year-old Italian was a late addition to the Lynx roster last season, playing just eight games for the team. After a dominant performance for her national team at EuroBasket 2017, the Lynx will be looking forward to the 6-foot-1 forward fully developing her potential with her combination of length and perimeter shooting touch.


Lynetta Kizer: A former member of Team USA, the hulking 6-foot-4 center provides a big presence in the paint for the Lynx. Often the first player off the bench for the Connecticut Sun, Kizer will look to make a similar impact for Minnesota.


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.

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