She's a two-time WNBA All-Star. She was crowned the MVP of the All-Star game in 2014, she is a household name in the women's game and is one of the most naturally talented guards we have seen in recent years. Three years later, her future in the league is in flux.
Shoni Schimmel was traded to the New York Liberty in 2016 after two seasons with the Atlanta Dream. She struggled with her conditioning and sat out the year to recover from a concussion and to spend time with her family, aiming to refocus and get her mind right.
After an attempt to return to her old team, she was waived on May 12th from the Liberty. With her future uncertain, I will be the first to admit I believed her WNBA career had more than likely come to an end.
News broke three days later that Schimmel had signed with Las Vegas, with three days remaining in training camp. It was a true face palm moment for me as this move makes complete sense. I should have seen this coming. Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer knows Schimmel — he coached her in New York, he knows what she is capable of doing, he sees the revamped physical condition she is in, and they need shooters. They need them bad.
In their two preseason games, the Aces shot nine percent from the three point line, making just one three pointer on eleven attempts.
Let me reiterate…..nine percent.
No doubt, it hurts being without Kelsey Plum and Kayla McBride, who are still overseas competing. It could be closer to a week and a half before they return. Even with them, one could argue the need for shooters is still in place.
Is there room for Shoni on the roster? Is there room even after they return? Time will tell.
Regardless, there are currently 16 players on the roster competing for 12 spots with two days of camp left. Shoni still has a chance, even if it needs to be a reinvented role. She's shot the ball over 37 percent beyond the arc in her career. I am a sucker for a great comeback story. I believe that I speak for many when I say that we are rooting for her. We would love nothing more than to get a glimpse of "Showtime Schimmel" again.
The roster is required to be cut down to 12 this Thursday, May 17th at 5 pm ET.
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