LOS ANGELES, CA – February 17, 2017 – The Los Angeles Sparks have traded the #4 pick and #23 pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft in exchange for the rights to Odyssey Sims and the #11 pick in the first round of the 2017 Draft from the Dallas Wings, Executive Vice President and General Manger Penny Toler announced today.
Sims was the second overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock (now renamed Dallas Wings) and had a breakout rookie season playing all 34 games and averaged 16.7 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.8 rpg. She was Rookie of the Month for July and August and was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team. In 2015, she led the team in scoring and finished fifth in the league with 16 ppg. She is currently playing in Turkey, where she is the leading score in the Turkish league averaging 21.3 ppg.
“Odyssey brings a lot to the table as a player. She is capable of playing both the 1 and 2 position,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Penny Toler. “She is a great defender and fierce competitor that can score attacking the basket, shooting from the outside, or dishing out assists to her teammates.”
A graduate of Baylor University, the 5-foot-8 point guard was named WBCA All-American (2012-2013), USBWA All-American (2012, 2013), AP All-American, first team (2013), All Big 12 First Team (2011, 2012, 2013), All Big 12 Defensive Team (2012, 2013) and Lieberman Award Winner (2014).
The 2017 Sparks season will tip-off May 13 at 2pm, presented by EquiTrust. The home opener will feature the Championship Ring Ceremony. For ticket information for the 3 time champion LA Sparks, call 844-GO-SPARKS or visit LASparks.com. The LA Sparks can be found on all social media outlets at @la_sparks.