The Seattle Storm begin training camp with their eyes set on getting back to a WNBA Championship. Once a dominant force in the league with titles in 2004 and 2010, Seattle has struggled in recent years in playoffs and have not finished with a winning record since 2011.
Seattle underwent plenty of changes this off season to provide experience and added depth to their highly talented core group of players.
Dan Hughes: Head Coach
A veteran coach in the WNBA with stints with the Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers and the San Antonio Stars, Hughes took over the Seattle Storm this past October. The two-time WNBA Coach of the Year returns to the league after one year of retirement and is the fourth Storm coach since 2013. The defensive oriented mind and his core group of veterans look for a highly competitive training camp these next several days.
WNBA Draft: Jordin Canada
As the highly anticipated No. 5 overall draft pick, the PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year joins the Storm to provide immediate depth at the point. Canada is a play maker on both ends of the floor. A tenacious defender, she can get up and pressure, she turns the ball over as well as anyone we have seen in recent years.
Offensively, Canada ranks as the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in UCLA history with 2,153 points. She gets into the lane and can create with ease and pushes it well in transition. She's quick and great court vision, not to mention the opportunity to be mentored by WNBA legend, Sue Bird. Jordin Canada is fun to watch and will bring a whole new level of excitement to Seattle.
Breanna Stewart returns as the teams leading scorer and fifth in the league at 20 points per game. The 6-4 position-less WNBA All-Star enters her third season with the Storm.
Jewell Loyd returns in her fourth season with Seattle after averaging 17.7 points per game in 2017. It will be fun to see rookie Jordin Canada and Loyd paired up in the backcourt.
Sue Bird is entering her 16th season in the league. Bird is motivated along with her teammates to ensure that when she 'hangs-em-up,' she goes out on top.
The 37-year-old is a legend in women's basketball as a ten-time WNBA All-Star, Four-time Olympic gold medalist and the leagues all-time assist leader. In 16 seasons, Bird is also the all-time leader in career starts, having never come off the bench in her career.
The Storm also signed free agent in Courtney Paris to a multi-year contract. Paris adds a veteran presence inside that Hughes felt beneficial to the roster.
At 6-foot-4, Paris is a major rebounding threat and has led the league twice in her career in the category. She has great hands and touch around the basket. She spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Dallas Wings.
A pair of centers were signed to training camp deals in 6-5 Khaalia Hillsman from Texas A&M and 6-6 Emily Potter from Utah. Brittany McPhee, a 6-0 guard from Stanford was also signed to a training camp deal.
The Storm will open up at home in KeyArena on Sunday, May 20th against the Phoenix Mercury.