Mercury seeing Sam Thomas fill in void from players overseas

Mercury seeing Sam Thomas fill in void from players overseas

Known for her calm demeanor on the court, Phoenix Mercury forward Sam Thomas felt anything but calm in her first professional game. Thomas, who played five seasons at Arizona, was starting to feel the same nerves she had before the national championship game in 2021.

With an absence of veteran players like forward Brianna Turner and wing Diamond DeShields due to overseas commitments, the rookies on the Mercury are seeing more action during the preseason. Turner and DeShields are still playing in Italy and are expected to miss the season opener on May 6.

Losing a dynamic center in Brittney Griner also created a void coming into training camp with the team focusing in on six different forwards vying for a spot.

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Thomas made the starting five as a small forward ahead of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Seattle Storm, which set off her nerves even more.

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