Skylar Diggins Will Instantly Make Tulsa Shock the WNBA's Most Exciting Team

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 07:  Skylar Diggins #4 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots in front of Kelly Faris #34 of the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2013 NCAA  Division I Women's Basketball Championship at the New Orleans Arena on April 7, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Connecticut won the game 83-65.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Skylar Diggins was a whole lot of fun to watch at Notre Dame, transforming a solid program into one that made three consecutive trips to the Final Four. 

And now, she'll make the Tulsa Shock the WNBA's most exciting team.

Sure, Brittney Griner may turn the Phoenix Mercury into a title-winning team as soon as next year, and Elena Delle Donne will pair with Sylvia Fowles to lead a talented Chicago Sky roster. But neither is nearly as electrifying to watch as Diggins.

Notre Dame's combo guard averaged 17.3 points and 6.0 assists per game this past season. She led the Irish to the national title game in 2011 and 2012 and into the national semifinals this year. Without questions, she's a special talent.

Her ability to slash to the bucket, kick out to teammates or drop shots from the perimeter means she can beat teams in a multitude of ways. And let's be honest, we all love watching guards who can dominate a game and flash otherworldly athleticism and speed.

In many ways, her game is parallel to another professional basketball player doing his thing in Oklahoma: Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both players can assume the role of facilitator, but both can also dominate a game as scorers. 

Diggins may not have a running mate like Kevin Durant, but in Candice Wiggins and Nicole Powell, she'll have a solid supporting cast that could be a season or two away from leading Tulsa to its first postseason appearance.

Yes, it hurts that Liz Cambage won't return to Tulsa and will instead play in China, but with Diggins, there is hope for Shock fans.

Diggins also gives Tulsa one of the WNBA's most marketable stars. Pretty much since Lil Wayne showed his admiration for Diggins on Twitter, it's been clear she would be a marketing boon for a WNBA team.

With an effervescent personality and the game to back up the buzz, she'll bring a lot of excitement to Tulsa. Of course, none of that will matter if she doesn't win, but seeing as she led Notre Dame to an unprecedented level of success in her tenure there, that shouldn't be an issue either.

She'll work hard, she'll help Tulsa in a number of ways on the court, she'll put butts in seats and she wins. Most years, she would have been the top overall pick.

This year, Tulsa got amazing value at No. 3. In one fell swoop, the team not only got a lot better but also became the league's most exciting team. It's a good time to be a basketball fan in Oklahoma, that's for sure.


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