Saturday, April 11, 2009

About Ashley Shields




One day the Commissioner is shaking hands with you, the next....

Initially, the Atlanta Dream had two picks in the second round for the 2009 WNBA Draft. With roster sizes being cut from 13 to 11 and with the chances of non-veterans making a team diminishing, that second second-round pick became one pick too many. Enter Trader Bill Laimbeer, who needed a second-round draft pick that we just happened to have and wanted to get rid of.

Therefore, he traded Ashley Shields to us. Detroit used their brand-new second round pick to pick up Britany Miller, formerly of Florida State and now of Valosun in the Czech Republic.

So who is Ashley Shields? Shields was a first-round Draft Pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets, and was probably one of the reasons there isn't a Houston Comets anymore. She was a guard chosen out of Southwest Tennessee Community College; I have no idea if she graduated.

I'll look at Shields by Wins Score and by John Hollinger's PER. In Career Wins Score, she is fourth from the bottom in WNBA history - and since Wins Score is an additive metric that takes away points for doing bad things, she has a worse score than those players that literally played for just a few minutes. The only active player worse than Ashley Shields is Tan White. Most likely, Shield's low rating comes from her horrible 27.5 percent percentage shooting inside the 3-point line - she's 34.5 percent shooting from behind it. Her 72.8 percent free throw percentage isn't that impressive.

PER Ratings:

2007: 6.44
2008: 1.90

Both of these are what we euphemistically call "below replacement level". Let me put it this way - Shield's PER for 2008 was below that of Chioma Nnamaka. In 2007, it was above Chioma Nnamaka's 2008 stats, but that was the only player on the 2008 Dream she was above.

I suspect - strongly - that Ashley Shields will not see her way on a Dream roster, unless the Dream either a) knows something about the talents of Ashley Shields that two franchises weren't able to see, or more likely b) have lost their damn minds. We basically burned the second round pick; I'll guess we'll know for sure when those training camp invites come out.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHOEVER U ARE U ARE A HATER! ASHLEY SHIELD IS A GREAT PLAYER ND CAN BALL ANY WNBA PLAYER ON ANY GIVEN DAY! HOW ABOUT U GO FIND SOME ONE ELSE TO TALK ABOUT!! THANKU!

Anonymous said...

bruh u really did just make me mad whoever u are. u lucky im classy or else i would really speak my mind!!

Anonymous said...

Ashley sheilds is only street ball...she has no structure offense that the wnba can use....if there was a womens and 1 show she should make it, that is unless she can do more than the same rock back then crossover...ashley needs to get a real job and just go to the gym and play pick up, cause she in not wnba material...u can say im hating if u want to but im not...

Anonymous said...

i agree on that as well...she is only street ball...she has horrible defense and turns the ball over quite a bit

Anonymous said...

Let just say that if she was as good as yall think she is then she wouldnt b on 3 different teams in 3years! NO ONE WANTS HER

Anonymous said...

whatever BOTH OF YALL ARE STUPID AND NEED TO SHUTUP. SHE HAS SKILLS AND CAN PLAY WITHIN THE WNBA STRUCTURED OFFENSE. SHE PROVED IT IN DETROIT. WHY ARE YOU TWO SO WORRIED ABOUT HER ANYWAY? HOW BOUT YOU GET A JOB AND GET OFF THE INTERNET. CLOWN! NOBODY WANTS HER? WOW, REALLY? HOW WOULD U NO. AND WHOEVER YOU ARE TALKING BOUT YOU AGREE...WHAT ARE YOU? A SIDEKICK...KICK ROCKS!

Anonymous said...

SHE HAS A RING! UHN CASE CLOSE!

Anonymous said...

I played against her in college and I Know that she has great talent of dish out. Don't hate because your not a PRO!!!!! Because one day I'm going to be at that levle!!!!