2018 Dallas Wings Training Camp Breakdown

With the return of Liz Cambage, the Dallas Wings are in position to be a serious playoff contender.

The Dallas Wings had a very successful season last year. They made the playoffs as the seventh overall seed even though they did not have a winning record. They finished with a 16-18 overall record. This season, there's a higher set of expectations for this Wings team. The return of Liz  Cambage provides them with a solid interior presence and their core group have more experience then they did last season. 

The Dallas Wings training camp got underway on April 29th. With training camp in full swing, it's time to take a closer look at the training camp roster. The Dallas Wings have 16 players currently and will need to cut it to 12 players by May 17th. Some teams may only carry 11 due to their salary cap.

Evelyn Akhator

Evelyn Akhator is returning from her rookie season but will be fighting for a final roster spot as Dallas added some new talent. The 6'3 power forward came off the bench last season as a rookie in limited minutes.

Natalie Butler

Drafted 30th overall in the recent WNBA Draft, Natalie Butler is also fighting for a final roster spot. The 6'5 center has improved her game and could be a surprise addition to the final roster.

Liz Cambage

One of the top players in the world is back! Liz Cambage returns to Dallas after international commitments to Australia kept her away from the WNBA. One of the locks on the final roster, much is to be expected from Liz Cambage. The 6'8 center is expected to play a huge role in getting the Dallas Wings to the second round of the playoffs and to defend against some of the WNBA's top centers such as Phoenix's Brittney Griner and Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles.

Saniya Chong

One of the top rookies who performed well last season. More will be expected from Saniya Chong this season if she makes the final roster as she is fighting for a final roster spot. 

Karima Christmas-Kelly

One of the top key players for Dallas last season will be expected to play a big role again this season. Karima Christmas-Kelly will be an important starter for the Wings. Kelly will be asked to defend against the top WNBA small forwards in the league. She is a lock to make the final roster.

Kaela Davis

Kaela Davis was also another important rookie performer last season. This season, expectations will increase for her. She has improved her game vastly this past overseas season playing in Turkey and will be a crucial bench player this season. Davis is another lock to make the final roster.

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Skylar Diggins Smith had a fantastic WNBA All-Star season last year. She also made the  All WNBA First team last year for the first time ever. She will be expected to be one of the top two players for the Wings and lead her team to become a serious playoff contender. More eyes will be on Diggins-Smith to see if she can get the Wings to even higher heights this season. 

Loryn Goodwin

Drafted 18th overall by the Wings in the most recent draft, Loryn Goodwin will be fighting for a final roster spot. The 5'9 shooting guard had a successful senior season at Oklahoma State.

Allisha Gray

Out of all the rookies Dallas had last season, the best performer from among them was Allisha Gray. Gray was the Rookie of the Year and she will play an important role either as a starter or a bench player. The Wings will need more from Gray this season as she is a lock to make the final roster.

Ruth Hamblin

Ruth Hamblin is back in the WNBA after she took a summer off to focus on making the Canadian National Team. She is fighting for a final roster spot as Dallas has gotten better talent wise when she took time off last season. 

Glory Johnson

Glory Johnson was one of the top players for Dallas last season. Now that Liz Cambage is back, Johnson's role will be impacted. She will still be an important starter for the Wings, but the Wings are going to need her to step up her defense to help out Cambage as well as others. She is another lock to make the final roster.

Breanna Lewis

Breanna Lewis came off the bench last season and played in limited minutes. She is fighting for a final roster spot this season. 

Theresa Plaisance

Theresa  Plaisance tore her ACL in late October so she may be limited come WNBA season. She will most likely make the final roster and if she does, it will be off the bench due to her injury. 

Aerial Powers

Aerial Powers will be another key player for Dallas this season. Either as a starter or coming off the bench, there will be more expectations placed on her to perform because the Wings will need her down the stretch in late game situations or in the playoffs. She will make the final roster.

Azura Stevens

Drafted 6th overall by the Dallas Wings in the most recent WNBA draft, Azura Stevens is coming in with a high set of expectations. She will be coming off the bench but she will be expected to perform well as the Wings bench has gotten better since last season. She is also a lock to make the final roster.

Kayla Thornton

One of the toughest players the Wings had last season and will be needed again this year. Kayla Thornton will be asked to play tough defense against some of the top guards and forwards in the league. Another lock to make the final roster, Thornton's play will be crucial in helping the Wings improve upon last season. 

With so many expectations for the Dallas Wings, there will be a lot to look forward too in Dallas. Their WNBA season kicks off May 18th versus the Phoenix Mercury.

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