With voting for the Storm’s All-Decade Team entering its final week, Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times – who has covered the Storm for all 10 seasons of the team’s existence – shares her picks for the squad on her blog.
Eight of her 10 picks are the same as the ones I made early this season, but she added original Storm member Edna Campbell and current player Swin Cash (who has continued building her case over the last three weeks). Here’s Evans’ rationale for those two players.
SG Edna Campbell: Once Hibbert got things rolling, Campbell took over, scoring a team-high 22 points in the Storm’s inaugural game. And Campbell continued to rock from there. Sure, there were only six wins that first season, but Campbell was the leading scorer in three of them. Plus, playing in just 16 games due to knee problems, she finished the season as the team’s leading scorer (13.9). During the offseason, Campbell was part of the team’s worst trade in history, swapped for aging Olympian Katy Steding, who averaged 3.9 points, and a second-round draft pick (Lucienne Berthieu).
SF Swin Cash: While All-anything teams are a nod to the past, there’s always a look to the future. The WNBA’s All-Decade team did this by naming Bird and Jackson among the players with five or less years experience in the league and I’m going to do it with Cash. Much like Wendy Palmer, Yolanda Griffith, and Swoopes, look at stats and there’s no reason for Cash to be on this team. She was the team’s third-leading scorer (11.3) her only complete season in 2008. And Seattle was an impressive 15-4 when she scored in double figures. A back injury nixed that momentum after six games and the star-studded roster ended in a fourth consecutive, first-round playoff exit. Have you seen Cash play lately? Rehabilitated from March outpatient back surgery, she averaging a modest 11.4 points but her defense (4.9 boards) has opposing fans asking “When did you become Detroit?” Cash appears to be on an uptick and, even though she created a lot of hubbub at this point last season, this time it should stick. And I don’t want to look back in 10 years and say I missed out on that.