Guard Katie Smith, who was traded from the Mystics to the Seattle Storm late last month, recently shared her thoughts about the upcoming season with Here’s her answer when asked why teams should still be concerned about playing the Mystics despite all of the roster changes they have made:

They got some pieces, they got some bigs and they definitely added some youth and players that can do down there and bang. Alana [Beard] is obviously coming back. I mean, she’s always going to bring [it]. She’s such a talented player and this is also an opportunity for Marissa Coleman and Matee Ajavon to get out there and get a lot of minutes and reps and really show what they can do. You have Jasmine Thomas, who’s a young point guard and brings a lot of energy. So they have pieces and they’re going to be a team that gets up and down and run and use that athleticism. I see them getting in there and being in games. They pride themselves on defense and then they want to get out there and run. So I think they have some pieces to really build upon, but I think they got stronger in the post and I think it’ll give an opportunity for some of these guards to really, now, have a lot of minutes to show what they can do and get in that groove.

Read the entire Q&A here.