The Tulsa Shock will make the playoffs in 2012.
Yes, you read that sentence correctly. It may be hard to believe, but after going 3-31 last season, the Shock will be on the rise next season.
After having the greatest odds of getting the number one pick, they still fell to number four but used that pick wisely in drafting Glory Johnson.
The forward from Tennessee averaged 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game as a senior. Coach Gary Kloppenburg had nothing but praise for his new player. From KJRH-TV in Tulsa:
"She's one of those players, she reminds me of Tamika Catchings coming out of college," Kloppenburg said. "She has a high octane motor. We know we have some work to do offensively to get her better but one thing we know is that she's a workaholic, she will be put the time in."
Johnson, along with Tiffany Jackson, will provide an excellent rebounding duo that will help them on both sides of the ball. Better rebounding will create more possessions on offense and more opportunities to score the basketball. Defensively, it will stop their opponents from grabbing offensive rebounds, which is obviously a good thing.
Along with her rebounding, Johnson will provide more offensive for a team whose leading scorer averaged 12 points a game. She will be able to penetrate into the lane and get easy looks at the basket. Overall, she was the best pick for Tulsa and will be a key part of a playoff run.
With the 17th pick, Tulsa picked Miami Hurricane guard Riquna Williams. This was another great pick by the Shock, as they got the pure scorer they needed. At Miami, she averaged 16 points a game and is an excellent shooter from three point range.
Last season, Tulsa had no player shoot better than 35 percent shooting threes. Williams will give them the scorer they need and she will provide an instant spark.
Overall, Tulsa has made huge strides from last season. The players they obtained have put them in the mix right along with Los Angeles and San Antonio. The new players on the team will provide a different atmosphere and create the confidence in other players.
Next season the Tulsa Shock will be in the playoffs thanks to its top two draft picks.