Danielle Robinson was traded to the Lynx this offseason after a disappointing 2017 campaign with the Phoenix Mercury.
Robinson averaged a career-low 6.9 points to go with 3.4 assists per game last season. This came after she missed the entire 2016 season with an Achilles injury.
The 28-year-old point guard says she was healthy, it just wasn’t a great fit for either side.
“I just didn’t go out there and play like myself,” Robinson said. “So, it was kind of disappointing. Kind of like a lost year for me career wise . . . I feel great heading into this camp.”
Robinson will likely serve as Minnesota’s lead backup point guard to Lindsay Whalen. To add a player who has averaged 10 points and five assists over the course of her career, who is still young, was an incredible steal for a team that has won four titles since 2011. The Lynx traded their first-round pick for Robinson and a 2019 second-round pick.
Robinson wasn’t startled or upset by the trade. Instead it was quite the opposite.
“Everyone talks like ‘Minny’s good. They’re treated so well.’ But I mean, they work for it,” Robinson said “ . . . You can’t complain when you’re playing for the champs. I was really excited that they wanted me.”
For Robinson, it’s a chance to redeem herself.
“I haven’t gone anywhere. I’m here to stay.”
Robinson was widely known as the fastest player in the league prior to her injury.
Is she still?
“I’ll race anybody,” Robinson said.
The speedy, change-of-pace guard is ready to prove that she’s still one of the league’s best point guards on a team that is looking for championship No. 5.