Few WNBA players had a better offseason than former Oregon Duck, Satou Sabally.
Not only did Sabally's team, the Dallas Wings, get the second overall selection via the WNBA lottery, but it used a series of trades to get the first overall selection as well.
With the first two picks, Dallas selected Texas center Charli Collier and Finland F Awak Kuier. The two picks allow Satou to move down to the SF position, where she was named the best player in college basketball at that position as a junior.
“I think it's been no secret coming out of last year—I've said it publicly many times at the end of last year and since—that we need to focus on getting bigger and tougher in the paint and around the rim,” said Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb per Forbes prior to the draft. “That's the one area last year where I thought we really suffered, and it was a focus of ours throughout this off-season.”
Well after selecting the 6'5" Collier and 6'4" Kuier, Sabally can wreak havoc as a matchup nightmare as a 6'4" small forward. Her unique blend of size and fluid motion around the court gave her the nickname, the unicorn, in college.
Look for Sabally to show why she's the unicorn at the WNBA level in 2021, coming off a rookie campaign where she was named a First Team All-rookie selection, averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Dallas entered the 2021 WNBA Draft with four first-round picks but traded the No. 7 pick to Los Angeles. With the No. 5 overall pick, Dallas drafted the reigning leading scorer within the SEC conference in Arkansas guard, Chelsea Dungee.
The WNBA season begins May 14th with Dallas playing Los Angeles on opening day.