It took a few days, but once WNBA teams got rolling, the free agent signing period has delivered plenty of news – though unfortunately, the biggest news was about a player who won’t be on the court in 2013.
That would be Seattle’s Lauren Jackson, arguably the finest player of her generation, whose career-long battle with injuries has resulted in her taking the entire summer off to recover from a hamstring operation. Jackson will only be 32 in May, but many felt her career would be glorious but short, and sadly that appears to be the way it’s playing out.
Finding myself in possession of a group of relatively arcane WNBA statistics, I thought I’d delve into a number of issues this week –- but I got stuck on the very first set of numbers. There was just too much to talk about to move much further.
The topic? Fouls drawn and fouls committed. But first, just a word on the importance of fouls. Obviously, a player who gets into foul trouble doesn’t get to play as much, but beyond that first-order statistic, getting to the foul line is crucial in many, many ways.
The 2012 edition of the Seattle Storm is almost as much a study of who is not in the locker room as who is.
Most critically, Lauren Jackson, the Australian post who has been one of the team’s two signature players since she was drafted first overall by the Storm in 2001, will miss the first part of the season while training with the Australian National Team for a run at a gold medal in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.