Nnemkadi Ogwumike: Draft's Lone Star Is Perfect Fit with Los Angeles Sparks

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2012

The Los Angeles Sparks have no shortage of talent, but they will certainly welcome three-time All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike with open arms today.

The 2013 WNBA draft is going to be one of historic proportions, but Ogwumike is the only lock in this year's class. Teams aren't flying up the board to get her because they don't know what next year holds, but that is all the better for the Sparks.

Candace Parker is obviously the biggest name on the team's current roster, but the Sparks also boast the likes of Alana Beard, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Kristi Toliver.

Milton-Jones, a 13-year veteran of the WNBA, will not be starring for too much longer and Ogwumike is the best possible replacement. They don't play the same position, but in terms of replacing production, the Sparks won't get a better opportunity than this. 

DENVER, CO - MARCH 31:  (L-R) Sisters Chiney Ogwumike #13 and Nnemkadi Oqwumike #30 of the Stanford Cardinals look on during practice prior to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four at Pepsi Center on March 31, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo
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If Parker can stay healthy, she and Ogwumike will form a dangerous tandem at the forward positions with Toliver out on the perimeter.

This team has the potential to once again compete for championships, but it needs its best players to stay on the court.

With the Stanford star on their side, the Sparks would have the firepower to replace Milton-Jones without skipping a beat.

Los Angeles couldn't ask for more with the No. 1 overall pick.