3 Sparks on Thin Ice Entering the Regular Season

With the 2024 season starting Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Sparks, it's a good time to look at a few players on thin ice.
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2. Stephanie Talbot

The Sparks signed the 29-year-old Talbot to a two-year deal in February. Last year, Los Angeles struggled immensely from three-point range (33.3 percent -- ninth in the WNBA). However, Talbot should be able to with their three-point shooting woes.

The fifth-year forward is a career 37.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc and shot 39.7 percent from deep last season with the Storm. At this stage of her career, Talbot is an instant offense off the bench because of her shooting.

However, if the veteran forward is not hitting her shots from deep, she could her minutes take a dip. Talbot scored one point in 22 total minutes across two preseason games. She only took two shots and one attempt from three-point range in the preseason finale against the Mercury.

The good news for Talbot is that the Sparks don’t have an abundance of shooters. Their best shooter from last year was Lexie Brown, who shot 48.6 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.

However, Los Angeles cannot depend on Brown as their only threat from beyond the arc. Talbot needs to be that secondary shooter and will get ample opportunity to do so to start the season.