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2022 WNBA Draft Review: Los Angeles Sparks

Adrian Holman

After not making the WNBA Playoffs last season, the Los Angeles Sparks have been busy this off-season. The Sparks signed free agent Liz Cambage which now gives Los Angeles one of the best front courts in the WNBA. Los Angeles also made a trade that sent Erica Wheeler to Atlanta for point guard Chennedy Carter.

Having four picks in this year's WNBA Draft, the Sparks will be able to add even more depth to a squad that is looking to win right now. Here is a look at who Los Angeles drafted.

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Round 1, Pick 9: Rae Burrell - G - Tennessee - 6'1" (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Burrell's stock dropped this season due to injuries, but she brings versatility at either shooting guard or at small forward. She can either drive to the lane or hit the three with consistency. She will be able to see plenty of playing time due to her versatility. If she can stay healthy, then she is a steal at this spot for the Sparks.

Round 2, Pick 4: Kianna Smith - G - Louisville - 6'0" (12 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 spg, 36.7 3-pt FG%).

Smith is a spot-up three-point shooter that brings maximum effort at the defensive end. Having these two qualities ensures that she will some time off of the bench in order to be a spark for the Sparks.

Round 2, Pick 7: Olivia Nelson-Ododa - C - Connecticut - 6'5" (9.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.7 bpg).

Nelson-Ododa will add a defensive presence off of the bench for Los Angeles. On offense, she is proficient at passing out of the post to three-point shooters along the perimeter in half-court sets.

Round 3, Pick 3: Amy Atwell - F - Hawaii - 6'0" (17.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 spg, 38.4 3-pt FG%).

Atwell will be fighting for a roster spot. She is able to shoot from range.

This draft by the Sparks will add the necessary depth in order to become a contender this upcoming season. Grade: B-.

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