2012 WNBA Draft: L.A. Sparks and Teams That Helped Themselves Most

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2012 WNBA Draft: L.A. Sparks and Teams That Helped Themselves Most
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The 2012 WNBA Draft may have been one of the weakest in recent memory, but that doesn't mean there wasn't any talent to be had.

Those hoping to land the likes of Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins will have to wait until 2013, though these three teams did plenty to improve themselves in the meantime.

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Los Angeles Sparks

The Sparks parlayed the league's fourth-worst record into the one surefire star in this year's draft class, Nnemkadi Ogwumike. The 6'2" forward guided Stanford to the Final Four during each of her four seasons in Palo Alto, the last of which saw her average 22.5 points and 10.2 rebounds.

She'll join forces with former All-Stars Candace Parker, Alana Beard and DeLisha Milton-Jones to form the core of a team that, under first-year head coach Carol Ross, has the talent to contend for the WNBA title this season.

Atlanta Dream

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The Dream didn't need to do much in the draft this year, not after reaching back-to-back WNBA Finals behind the frontcourt stylings of Angel McCoughtry and Courtney Paris.

Of course, that didn't stop Atlanta from upgrading anyway. GM/head coach Marynell Meadors went out and nabbed Tiffany Hayes, a high-scoring guard out of UConn, with the 14th overall pick. Hayes should give the Dream a solid boost in their back court and a legitimate chance to make sure that their third run at the title is, indeed, a charm.

Washington Mystics

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The Mystics had plenty of work to do to upgrade their roster after an abysmal 6-28 season, and didn't wait around to do just that in the 2012 draft. Head coach Trudy Lacy picked up Notre Game guard Natalie Novosel with the eighth overall pick and added LSU guard-forward LaSondra Barrett at No. 10.

Novosel figures to add depth to DC's thin group of guards while Barrett will bolster just about every spot on the roster with her versatile skill set and ability to play all five positions on both ends of the floor.


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