WNBA Draft 2013: Biggest Steals Who Will Impress Early

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2013

Mar 18, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas guard Sugar Rodgers (14) drives to the basket against the Fresno State Bulldogs during the second half in the first round of the 2012 NCAA women's basketball tournament at Carmichael Arena. Georgetown beat Fresno State 61-56. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
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The focus on the 2013 WNBA draft was the top three picks, but there are a few players available later that will end up being steals.

Obviously, Brittney Griner has the potential to be one of the top female basketball stars in history after an amazing career at Baylor. She is certain to make an impact with the Phoenix Mercury immediately.

Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins should also go on to have successful careers with their respective teams.

Still, these ladies have been underrated throughout the process and will play big roles on their new teams.


No. 6 Tianna Hawkins, Seattle Storm

Although Alyssa Thomas stole most of the headlines at Maryland over the past couple of seasons (and rightfully so), Tianna Hawkins was quite impressive in her teammate's shadow.

In fact, it was Hawkins who led the ACC in scoring at 18.5 points per game during the regular season and also added 9.4 rebounds per game. 

The senior does not have great shooting range, but she can score around the basket as well as anyone in the nation, and she will continue to be a great low-post player with the Storm. 


No. 14 Sugar Rodgers, Minnesota Lynx

Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers had an outstanding career at Georgetown and has skills that are hard to replicate on a basketball court.

Last season, she finished fourth in the country with 22.2 points per game and was able to score in a number of different ways. While the shot selection was not always great, it was necessary without much help around her on a poor squad.

At 5'11", Rodgers has good enough size to continue to score at the next level. If she learns some control, she could be an elite player at the next level.


No. 29 Angel Goodrich, Tulsa Shock

As one of the best point guards in the nation, Angel Goodrich should have been selected in the first round. Instead, she was taken in the third by the Tulsa Shock.

Goodrich averaged only 14.1 points per game in her final season at Kansas, but she added an impressive 7.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game. While she might be small at 5'4", she can handle the ball and take it away from opponents if they are not careful.

In the WNBA, the guard will be able to find open shots for teammates on a consistent basis and make everyone around her better.

Tulsa is very fortunate to grab her with one of the final picks in the entire draft.


Note: All stats courtesy of Yahoo.com.