Lynx trade 2018 first round pick for Danielle Robinson

This week, Head Coach/GM Cheryl Reeve made a move to bolster the Lynx roster, adding veteran guard depth in Danielle Robinson. 

Cheryl Reeve hasn’t been the general manager of the Minnesota Lynx for very long, but she flexed her GM muscles when she decided this week that their first round pick would be better utilized as a veteran depth, as she traded the pick to Phoenix in exchange for Danielle Robinson. Minnesota also gets Phoenix’s second round pick in 2019 as part of the deal.

Robinson started 29 of 34 games for the Mercury last season, averaging 6.9 points per game and is a former three time all-star. With Lindsay Whalen still holding down the starting PG spot, Robinson is expected to come off the bench in a role similar to that of recently departed Renee Montgomery.

Although they will have similar roles on this team, Montgomery and Robinson have very different styles of play. Robinson brings next level speed, a drive and kick mentality and should be more than capable of spelling Whalen without being a liability running the offense.

A lack of depth in the backcourt could become an issue for the Lynx this season if either of their top two guards miss significant time with injury. Unless someone like Maya Moore can become a facilitator for everyone else as well as creating her own looks.

Another potentially noteworthy question is will this team have enough shooters? An alarming stat to consider, recently departed Renee Montgomery shot 35% from three point range last season for the WNBA champion Lynx, hitting 11 in the postseason alone and the newly acquired Robinson has never hit a three point shot in her six WNBA seasons.

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