As the 2020 WNBA Draft was approaching this spring, Lynx Head Coach and General Manager made a move that not only gave the team the 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year, but also a well-known seven-year veteran in the league. It was time for Shenise Johnson (Moe) to swap out her Indiana Fever jersey and join the team in the North. In return, Indiana received a the 14th overall pick in the 2020 Draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 Draft.
After having one of the most experienced squads in the league over the past half decade, Minnesota transformed into one of the youngest teams last winter. Any player that has experience is crucial in helping teach the WNBA newcomers the lay of the land in the big leagues, which allowed Johnson to be even more of an asset for the team beyond her wide range of skills on the court.
“We have long been a Shenise Johnson fan and are excited to add her multi-dimensional skillset to our talented group,” Coach Reeve said upon acquiring the Rochester, NY native. “Moe will bolster our perimeter game with her abilities as a scorer, rebounder, passer, and defender.”
With Johnson being one of five guards on the roster, playing time was competitive. The 5-11 guard’s stats this year were nearly identical to her stats from the 2019 season with the Fever, however Johnson earned four starts in the Minnesota backcourt this year in the 22-game regular season.
When it came time to play against her former team, the Lynx guard contributed a season-best 10 points to the team’s 98-86 victory over the Fever on Saturday, September 12th.
Unfortunately, Johnson suffered a calf injury in the second half of the season and missed a handful of games, but the injury didn’t stop the vet from being an important part of the team. When she wasn’t on the court, you could always spot the vet on the bench cheering on her teammates.
With one of the youngest squads in the WNBA, Johnson’s experience and veteran presence was much needed.