Hot Corner column: With the WNBA draft hours away the Chicago Sky find themselves with a golden opportunity.
The Sky have the third and fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft and can add talent to build their franchise around. These two picks hark back to the 1965 NFL Draft when the Bears had the third and fourth overall picks. Those to picks, future hall of famers, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. (Yes I do know there is a difference in size of drafts and talent pools when the Bears took Butkus and Sayers, but two of the top four picks is chance to turn any franchise around.)
While a Butkus and Sayers led team never achieved a Super Bowl championship, the script could be different for the Sky. Rather than a two win Bears team bulking up in the draft like they did in 1965, the Sky finished last season 12-22, which is tied for, or better, than three other teams, in the weaker Eastern Conference.
Last season the Sky were one of the worst defensive teams in the league, but their offense was hovering around league average. With these picks the Sky can build their team in whatever image the team's GM Amber Stocks envisions.
Whether she is aiming for the strong offensive team that struggles defensively, or the tough defensive team that can more of less get the ball in the net. Either way those two team archetypes usually find themselves in the thick of a playoff race.