2018 Roster Review | Seimone Augustus

Stats:  33 games, 33 starts, 10.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 46.7 FG%, 31.8 3P%, 70.6 FT%

Season in a Nutshell: A solid season from a player constantly adjusting her game to fit a changing role on the Lynx.

A Deeper Dive: Seimone Augustus had an interesting season. It seemed throughout the entire year that the Lynx were searching for a third scorer behind Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles and Augustus was a logical fit for that spot. However, it became clear throughout the season that while Augustus was a consistent presence, she wasn’t at the same level that she was even last year.

That isn’t to say that Augustus wasn’t good. In her 13th WNBA season, the hot shooting guard still averaged double digits and provided a scoring boost on many different occasions for the team. The difference was in her efficiency—in the 2017 season Augustus shot 50.2 percent from the field, 43.2 percent from three and 86.8 percent from the line. This season those numbers dropped to 46.7 percent, 31.8 percent and 70.6 percent, respectively.

It’s insane to expect Augustus to indefinitely keep up the superstar level of play that Lynx fans have become accustomed to over the years. Augustus demonstrated this year that she certainly still has the ability to be a productive player in this league, but she needs to be put in slightly different situations than she has in the past. Augustus’ handles are as deadly as ever and her midrange game is still deadly, but she can’t be counted on for 15+ points game in and game out.

It’s hard to see a player like Augustus have a down season. She is a cornerstone of this franchise and has brought them so many incredible moments. But that’s how these things go. Augustus may not be able to do the same things she did in the past, but she’s adjusted her game before when she transitioned to being a secondary scorer with the emergence of Maya Moore. She’s a brilliant basketball player with an incredible understanding of the game. There’s little doubt that if Augustus decides to return she will find a way to be effective.

Top Three Games:

3. July 1 at Dallas

Augustus went 6-for-13, scored 13 points and added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Though it wasn’t her best shooting night of the season, Augustus’ supporting stats were a huge boon to the Lynx, who picked up a big road victory.

2. July 18 vs. Indiana

In one of her most-efficient games, Augustus did her damage on just seven shots, scoring 13 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. She also went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. This is the type of game the Lynx need from Augustus—especially from beyond the arc.

1. May 25 at New York

In her highest-scoring game of the season, Augustus netted 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a winning effort. Augustus did almost all her damage from the midrange, though she did add a three and two free throws. This was a vintage performance from the talented guard.

Offseason Objectives:

Augustus is at the point where she doesn’t necessarily need to add elements to her game anymore, rather she needs to focus on keeping her body where she wants it to be and putting up shots. Augustus will undoubtedly have conversations with Cheryl Reeve this offseason about how to use her in the most effective way for both Augustus and the team, so whatever the outcome of those conversations is, expect Augustus to come into next season with clear expectations.

Role in 2019:

Uncertain. Augustus is certainly reaching the point where she could consider retirement, but there’s been nothing from her or the team yet, so it’s safe to assume she will return. Augustus will probably serve as an occasional third scorer for the team, but they likely will not rely on her for big output. Whatever her role on the court, Augustus will remain one of the most important locker room leaders for the Lynx, especially in the absence of Lindsay Whalen.