The Minnesota Lynx drafted speedy guard Crystal Dangerfield all the way in the 2nd round, taken 16th overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft
Dangerfield has out-performed her draft position in a huge way and is a serious candidate for winning Rookie of the Year.
The 5’5 guard from UConn runs by opposing defenses with elite quickness. Defenders cannot keep up to Dangerfield driving to the basket. Her incredible speed paired with a decent three-point shot has made her a dangerous scorer already ten games into her WNBA career.
Dangerfield is averaging 13.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 rebounds. She has a FG% of .471 and is shooting .326 from three-pointer. Dangerfield has scored 10+ points in her last ten games. At the age of 22, she has become a consistent weapon for Minnesota under head coach Cheryl Reeve.
With ankle injuries to Sabrina Ionescu and Chennedy Carter (which is incredibly sad for basketball and safe wishes to their recoveries), the ROY landscape is currently looking like Dangerfield or Satou Sabally.
Dangerfield is making an excellent case for ROY. She is tied with Jewell Lloyd for 22nd in the WNBA in scoring. Dangerfield is second in scoring amongst rookies only trailing behind Carter. Dangerfield leads all rookies in FG%. Dangerfield is third in assists amongst rookies behind Julie Allemand and Carter. She is also third in 3 point FG% behind Allemand and Ty Harris.
If Dangerfield wins ROY for the Lynx, she will be the fifth player for Minnesota to win the award, joining Betty Lenox in 2000, Seimone Augustus in 2006, Maya Moore in 2011, and Collier in 2019. The Lynx hold the WNBA franchise record for the most Rookie of the Year winners with four.
Even if Dangerfield doesn’t win ROY, she has been the best player drafted outside of the top four picks. Minnesota can plan to build around 23-year old Collier and 22-year old Dangerfield for the foreseeable future.
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