To the point, Part 2 (New York Liberty)

May 21, 2011 11:51am

The New York Liberty open up the 2011 season with a new coach and a new home.  Head coach and general manager John Whisenant brings to New York (er…New Jersey) a winning pedigree, drawing upon his experiences as a WNBA champion in 2005 and league runner-up in 2006 with the Sacramento Monarchs. The biggest issue surrounding the Liberty outside of the height issue is the issue of point guard play. Though 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player Leilani Mitchell returns this year, there are concerns about her lack of size (Whisenant is used to coaching taller guards in his system), which leads to questions about her ability to defend in the White Line system and ability to create offense for shooters like Cappie Pondexter and Nicole Powell (both likely starters). MVP candidate Cappie Pondexter, who can play point guard and actually led the team in assists last season with nearly five a game, is a viable option at the point for the Liberty assuming that fourth-year pro Essence Carson, a 6-0 guard, starts at SG. The Liberty have also brought in second year guard Whitney Boddie and 2nd round draft pick Sydney Colson to get more looks at possible PGs. For now, though, it appears that the position is Mitchell’s to lose. Unlike in years past, there are plenty of other options available.

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