The 2021 WNBA Draft is Thursday, but the Connecticut Sun are without a first-round pick.
That might sound concerning to some, especially with Alyssa Thomas likely out for the season due to an Achilles injury. But the Sun do not seem concerned whatsoever.
After all, DeWanna Bonner wouldn’t be with Connecticut had the team not given up its first-round pick for the year.
“We were ecstatic to be able to acquire DeWanna in that trade,” head coach Curt Miller recently told reporters, via Sun reporter Kip Helt. “When you have the opportunity to acquire a proven champion, a decorated veteran in this league that is still considered one of the top 15 players in the world, we would do it again tomorrow.”
Connecticut will make its first selection with the No. 20 pick in the draft Thursday night and will follow that up with the No. 21 pick. The team also owns the No. 30 pick in the third round.
The Sun have been fairly successful with their second- and third-round draft picks, too. That gives Miller even more confidence about the team’s current situation.
?We were very fortunate last year, on our mock draft boards we had both Kaila (Charles) and Beatrice (Mompremier) as top 10 picks in the draft,” Miller said. “We were shocked that Kaila dropped to us in the second round and we knew that when L.A. drafted Beatrice they had a very tough decision ahead of them on who could make their opening day roster.?
Viewers can watch Thursday’s 2021 WNBA Draft on ESPN.