Roster Review | Stephanie Talbot

SF | 6’2, 175 lbs

2019 season: 33 games, 10 games started, 17 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 37 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 87.1 FT%

Talbot set career highs in points per game, along with steals per game in 2019, her first season with the Lynx.

The Lynx acquired Talbot from the Mercury prior to the season for a 2020 second-round pick, surely a trade the Lynx won’t regret making.

Offensively, Talbot was huge in helping stretch the floor for the Lynx. While she’s a better shooter than her 32.6 percent from deep indicated, just having the ability to hit a shot from deep opened things inside for players like Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier.

Talbot was one of four Lynx players to hit 30 or more 3-pointers on the season. It’s pretty easy to see a role for her in 2020 on this team as a 3-point shooting spot starter.

Throughout the season, head coach Cheryl Reeve praised Talbot for her effort. While you can’t always control shots going in, you can control your effort, and that’s something Talbot never lacked.

Talbot showed great instincts disrupting passing lanes. The third-year forward averaged 1.9 steals per 36 minutes. She’s not the most-athletic player, but she plays very smart team defense.

She’s also a much better passer than her numbers indicate. She did a great job of finding cutters, and feeding Fowles and other bigs over the top of defenses.

With so many young players on the team, sometimes Talbot’s steady play makes her feel like a veteran. But she’s still only 25 years old and should continue to improve and get more familiar with this Lynx team.