On top of playing all the way through to the championship, more and more WNBA players are choosing to play overseas during their offseason. Players like Breanna Stewart, who was drafted in mid-April of last year by the Storm after winning the NCAA championship with UConn, played in every game of the regular season. Stewart got even more time to play in August at the summer Olympics in Rio, where the US beat Spain to win gold. The Storm then went on to the playoffs, but got eliminated by Atlanta in the first round at the end of September. Stewart then left Wholesale Jerseys NFL in November to play in China in the offseason, where she dominated for three months, averaging about 31 points and 10 rebounds per game. Stewart is just now taking time off – she was spotted at the NCAA Final Four (where she watched the Gamecocks upset her alma mater).
Playing overseas is common for WNBA players looking to add on to their limited WNBA salary, as well as gain more experience and stay in game shape year-round. NBA players, on the other hand, have months to rest up from their college season before the NBA draft in June and the NBA season start in mid-October. On top of that, the early draft deadline is April 23, but NBA prospects can go to the combine and “test the waters” before deciding whether to declare.
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