2013 WNBA Draft: Players Who Will Shine as Rookies

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 16, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears celebrates late in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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From No. 1 pick Brittney Griner to the second-round selections, the 2013 WNBA draft provided players who will make big impacts from the outset. 

This year's draft was loaded with talent that will stock the league with future stars for this next season as well as far into the future. 

Here are three players who will waste no time making their presence felt. 


Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury, No. 1

Admittedly, I'm not exactly going out on a limb here. Brittney Griner is a transcendent talent.

The 6'8" center has the length to take over the middle, which is evident by the fact her 748 NCAA blocks are the most in NCAA history. 

She isn't just blocking shots with her length, though. She also has outstanding athleticism, which will bring a new dimension to the WNBA with her dunks. 

Griner dunked 18 times during her college career, which is easily an NCAA record. 

On top of everything, she has the chance to be the best player on a great team. 

The Mercury were derailed with injuries this past season, but with talent like Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Candice Dupree, the Mercury have a chance to be the WNBA's best team next year.


Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock, No. 3

After an amazing college career, Skylar Diggins is ready to transition her skills to the WNBA and we shouldn't expect a lot of lag time.

Diggins is the best guard in this class and a genius on the offensive end.

She will single-handedly transform the Shock's offense. Because she is a great shooter and distributor, this will stretch out opposing defenses and allow her to set up teammates for easy buckets.

Defense is not Diggins' strength, but she has enough athleticism to not be a liability. It's her offense that will instantly make her one of the league's most entertaining players. 


Davellyn Whyte, San Antonio Silver Stars, No. 16

Davellyn Whyte is not the kind of player who is going to bring home MVP awards, but she is the kind of player that championship teams need.

She is an experienced 5'11" guard with tremendous defense. Her length makes her a valuable perimeter presence on defense, and she will be a big boost to the three-point defense of the Stars. She also has the footwork to keep opposing guards out of the lane.

Whyte is not an elite scorer, but she is competent enough that she must be accounted for. She is also a solid passer.

Overall, she is a fantastic role player whose defense will allow her to make a big impact from her first day in the league.