To the point, Part 6 (Atlanta Dream)

May 30, 2011 8:23am

How does a WNBA Finalist significantly improve its roster? By adding one of the best point guads in the WNBA to an already explosive offensive attack. Lindsey Harding, who is in her fifth season in the WNBA, will quarterback the Dream’s offense this season. Though Harding will be the Dream’s fourth Opening Day starting PG, she is undoubtedly considered to be the best out of that group. Harding’s ability to put the defense back on its heels in transition (athleticism), her ability to penetrate in the half-court setting, her playmaking ability on defense, and her ability to distribute makes her a tough player to contain and gives the Dream a major boost on both sides of the court this season. In an offseason where most Eastern Conference teams seemed to take a step backwards (new head coaches for three of the six teams and major shake-ups at PG for at least three teams and as many as five teams), Atlanta emerges as the clear favorite to win the East during the regular season and playoffs.

That said, Atlanta does have other options at the point in the extremely unlikely case that Harding can’t get the job done. Last year’s regular season starter, Shalee Lehning, and last year’s playoff starter, Coco Miller, return to the Dream this season. James Bowman of Swish Appeal does a fine job of first determining whether Harding is an upgrade over Lehning (she is) and to what extent. To the surprise of no one, it is believed that Harding will start at the point with Lehning backing her up (and Miller serving as the emergency third-string PG).

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