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Chicago Sky add three new names in free agency

1 year agoKarli Bell

While the Sky has been saying goodbye to longtime players, fans can say welcome to three new names: former Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams, former Washington Mystics center/forward Elizabeth Williams and former Dallas Wings forward Isabelle Harrison.

Elizabeth Williams, C/F

With the departure of Azurá Stevens and Candace Parker, general manager and head coach James Wade went to work in picking up the former Mystic in Elizabeth Williams.

Williams is signing a 2-year, fully protected contract for $135,000 a year.

Wade released a statement saying, “We are so excited to have Elizabeth in a Chicago Sky uniform. For as long as she’s been in the league, she’s been the epitome of a player that is a hard worker, a great leader and embodies the values of the WNBA. We know that she will be a valuable piece to everything that we are creating in Chicago.” 

She’s a big defensive addition for the Sky. Standing at 6’3 with a long wingspan, Williams creates problems for anyone driving in the lane. She also can step up to the wing and stop the long range shot, seeing that she averages about 1.6 blocks a game over her career. She had her best defensive season in 2020, earning her a nod on the all-defensive team.

Williams will pick up her end offensively with an average of 8.4 points a game and continue to grab boards with a 5.8 rebound average. Her seven years experience in the WNBA, including some playoffs experience, is a large help with the Sky roster being so youthful. 

Isabelle Harrison, F

Harrison made the announcement on her Twitter Friday afternoon.

Offensively, she provides some easy buckets inside with an average of 8.7 points a game and shooting 46.6% from the floor, but it’s her presence inside the paint and consistently attacking the glass that’s vital for a Sky team heading in a new direction. She averaged 4.3 boards in 2022, lining up with her career average of 4.9.

Defensively, Harrison can fight for the ball inside and block some passing lanes. She has tenacity and length that disrupts shooters when driving or trying to create space. With the losses of Parker and Stevens, Harrison steps in perfectly to fill the forward spot.

One thing that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is her basketball IQ and court vision. Harrison is a forward with a high assists average of 1.1 over her career. With the addition of Elizabeth Williams as well, both forwards can become facilitating scorers for each other. When Williams is inside, Harrison can thread the ball into the paint and vice versa.

Courtney Williams, G

Shortly after 12-year Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot announced her departure from Chicago, Courtney Williams announced she’s coming to Chicago.

The former Sun point guard was a menace against Chicago during the 2022 WNBA Semi-Finals, especially from the arc. She shot 66.7% from the 3-point line, her highest against any opponent.

She brings offense with an average of 11.1 points a game last season while shooting 42.6% from the floor and 33.8% from the arc. The 2021 WNBA All-Star’s high speed and great ball control as a point guard is a fantastic addition in the wake of losing Vandersloot.

The combination of Williams and Copper as the offensive generals of the court is going to bring Chicago’s offensive attack to a new level of speed. Add on Rebekah Gardner, and this team will be flying up and down the hardwood all season long, something that Wade thrives on playing.

Outside of just a skillset, Williams also brings six years experience, including WNBA Finals experience from 2022 and 2019. With the Sky losing a majority of their veteran experience, having someone in the prime of their career will be a huge help for Copper this season.

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