C | 6’4, 179 lbs
2019 season: 18 games, 15.1 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.3 BPG, 0.3 SPG, 51.9 FG%, 16.7 3P%, 72.2 FT%
Fagbenle’s 2019 with the Lynx started a little late as she was fulfilling commitments to the Great Britain National Team.
However, after arriving with the Lynx in mid-July, Fagbenle received her biggest opportunity as a WNBA player. She set career-highs in minutes per game played, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. And with more playing time, it’s important to note her efficiency didn’t fall off. The third-year player shot a career-best 51.9 percent from the field.
While Sylvia Fowles’ post moves are more power, Fagbenle is more finesse. Her scoring includes more elbow jumpers, pump fakes and pivots under the basket.
She’s a crafty scorer who hit double digits in three games and doesn’t need a high volume of attempts to be effective. One problem for her in 2019, though, was turnovers. She committed three or more in a third of her games, which is simply too much for a player playing 15 minutes per contest.
Another point of emphasis for Fagbenle this offseason will be to expand her range. She’s clearly comfortable shooting the ball in midrange situations, but can she expand that to the 3-point line? That would be huge for her game.