Sparks Announce 2022 Opening Night Roster

Sparks Open Season May 6 at Chicago Sky

LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2022) The Los Angeles Sparks, led by General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher, announced today their final roster for the 2022 WNBA season.

The Sparks final roster returns five players from the 2021 roster, including 2016 MVP and WNBA champion Nneka Ogwumike and two-time WNBA Champion Kristi Toliver. Also returning is 2021 First-team All-Defensive selection Brittney Sykes, two-time WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike, and the 2021 No. 7 overall pick Jasmine Walker.

The newest additions are highlighted by four-time WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage, 2020 WNBA All-Rookie selection Chennedy Carter, two-time WNBA Champion Jordin Canada, and Orange County native Katie Lou Samuelson.

In addition, the final roster features three rookies: No. 9 overall pick Rae Burrell, No. 19 overall pick Olivia Nelson-Ododa, and No. 27 overall pick Amy Atwell.

Center Amanda Zahui B. was placed on the full season suspension list.

The Sparks open the regular season on a four-game road trip beginning May 6 against the defending champion Chicago Sky. Sparks fans will get their first chance to see the final roster at Crypto.com Arena on May 17 for the Home Opener against the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 p.m PT. Both single game tickets and season ticket packages are on-sale. For more information on tickets for the home opener and all 18 home games, please visit sparks.wnba.com

 

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES SPARKS

Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 24 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Staples Center has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court.

 

LA Sparks 2022 Opening Night Roster

No. Player POS EXP DOB College/Country
1 Liz Cambage C 5 18-Aug-91 Australia
4 Lexie Brown G 4 27-Oct.-94 Duke/USA
7 Chennedy Carter G 2 14-Nov-98 Texas A&M/USA
10 Olivia Nelson-Ododa C R 17-Aug-00 Connecticut/USA
12 Rae Burrell G-F R 21-Jun-00 Tennessee/USA
13 Chiney Ogwumike F-C 4 21-Mar-92 Stanford/USA
15 Brittney Sykes G 4 7-Feb-94 Syracuse/USA
20 Kristi Toliver* G 11 27-Jan-87 Maryland/USA
21 Jordin Canada G 4 11-Aug-95 UCLA/USA
25 Amy Atwell G R 30-Jun-98 Hawaii/Australia
30 Nneka Ogwumike F 9 2-Jul-90 Stanford/USA
33 Katie Lou Samuelson** F 3 13-Jun-97 Connecticut/USA
40 Jasmine Walker F R 3-Feb-98 Alabama/USA

*Partial Season Suspension – Will join the team following coaching commitments

**Partial Season Suspension – Will join the team following overseas commitments

 

 Coaching Staff

General Manager/Head Coach- Derek Fisher

Assistant Coach- Fred Williams

Assistant Coach- Latricia Trammell

Assistant Coach – Seimone Augustus

Player Development Coach- Jamal “Dash” Lovell

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Cody Hamane

Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer- Courtney Watson, MD