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WNBA players as tennis players

Candace Parker from Tennessee has announced that she is going to enter the WNBA draft. I have always wondered how she could have done in tennis against the likes of the Williams sisters, Sharapova, the Russians, and Justine.

The players I like to see play tennis from the WNBA are Ivory Latta, Deanna Nolan, Chamique Holdsclaw (retired), Pee Wee Johnson, and Lauren Jackson. I think ball-handlers with quickness can make the transition but I think all-arounders from the foward position can to. What do you think?

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I would guess that almost no(or maybe none at all) WNBA players would be able to compete. It takes too many years of specialized training to be a top tennis player.

If you are asking "what athletic level are the girls that pick tennis vs basketball at?"- I don't think that question is answerable. There is never a chance to compare the two groups.

I would pick someone like Taurasi if I had to guess. I think Jackson and Parker would be too big and slow.

Really, it is a little mystifying why more young women don't try to play tennis. WNBA players make only a tiny fraction of what the top WTA players make. If you care even a little bit about the money, you should try to become a top tennis player or golfer first. Only then should you even consider a sport like basketball.

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I would guess that almost no(or maybe none at all) WNBA players would be able to compete. It takes too many years of specialized training to be a top tennis player.

Really, it is a little mystifying why more young women don't try to play tennis. WNBA players make only a tiny fraction of what the top WTA players make. If you care even a little bit about the money, you should try to become a top tennis player or golfer first. Only then should you even consider a sport like basketball.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/19/sp...ll/19wnba.html

I know it takes training in tennis as well as basketball particularly with ball-handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, cutting, and positioning skills. If there is somebody who can make that transition. The players I mentioned above can do it.

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I know it takes training in tennis as well as basketball particularly with ball-handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, cutting, and positioning skills. If there is somebody who can make that transition. The players I mentioned above can do it.
Well I would guess they couldn't. But there is no way to say for sure.

However, there is one argument in my favor I think.
You can tell anyone in the WNBA- "If you switch to tennis you can potentially make millions, rather than a couple hundred thousand at best." The fact that no one has ever done this seems a little suspicious if they in fact could.
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Latta Can't stand her.

I agree that players like Jackson and Parker are a little too slow. Jackson's basketball skills, on the other hand, are out of this world. Detroit will kick ass this year after getting Swin
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Pee Wee Johnson!! Imagine if you take her "son" off her last name

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Re: WNBA players as tennis players

I think some of you are looking at this the wrong way.

A player I would have picked who has tennis capabilities is Cappie Pondexter.
She has a very quick first step and she anticipates well.

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They would probably be great at any sport. At the professional level of any sport, it's more about being born with raw athletic skills than anything.
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Tamika would move great also on court, i'm sure of that Nickie Teasly would be like Schnyder

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