The inside of the Seattle Storm comes off one of the best team seasons that you can have playing professional basketball in the United States. The Seattle Storm swept the playoffs and took the bubble championship.
In the squad of the champions it is true that Mercedes Russell did not have the greatest impact, and more compared to Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird or Alysha Clark, but she was a reliable player.
Last season with Sue and Stewie’s injuries, he was able to take advantage of having more prominence with 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, but this year he took a back seat.
His last overseas appearance was with the Southside Flyers in the WNBL, the team where Liz Cambage has joined. In that league he managed to give his best version as a professional so far.
Russell averaged 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game with 60.9% shooting from the field, making her best statistical line so far and being much more important in attack than she has been in Seattle surrounded by teammates of such a level.
Now Mercedes has joined the team that he signed to play overseas this year, being in Turkey with Galatasaray. A team where you will have Courtney Williams and Bella Alarie to compete to win the national league and play a good role in the EuroLeague.
Courtney Williams is running as the leader of Galatasaray
Russell has already arrived in Istanbul and underwent a medical check-up at the team’s sponsoring hospital, Medical Park Bahçelievler. So it is expected that soon he can join the dynamics of Galatasaray.
It is very likely that in Turkey you will see a version of Russell more similar to that of Australia than that of the United States, being able to assume the role of third sword behind Williams and Alarie.
They will not have Bria Hartley due to her anterior cruciate ligament injury, being a very sensitive loss since she has a French passport and does not count as extra-community.
Among the Americans, it is expected that Russell and Alarie will play alternately with Williams, according to Turkish journalist Anıl Yılmaz reported on Twitter.
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