Future Watch: Diamond DeShields Basketball Cards, Chicago Sky – Diamond DeShields is indeed, as baseball fans might have guessed, a second-generation athlete, daughter of Delino and sister of Delino Jr. – but, notwithstanding her first name and lineage, it is the hardcourt that is her domain. Having inherited the athleticism that propelled her father’s career and her mother’s status as a collegiate All-American heptathlete, Diamond has been providing highlight-reel material since high school in Norcross, GA.
Having played baseball and tennis growing up, eventually DeShields settled on basketball and became a physical marvel by the time she graduated high school, winning three state championships and becoming a McDonald’s All-American while winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year in 2013. From there, a winding, but largely successful career to the pros ensued, with stints at North Carolina, Tennessee and the Turkish Women’s Basketball League prior to being drafted third overall by the Chicago Sky in 2018.
Projected as a franchise player at guard, DeShields became an immediate starter for Chicago, making the All-Rookie team. 2019 marked a jump to All-Star status, with improvements in key statistics from DeShields’ rookie season – 16.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game. A win in the WNBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge further highlighted DeShields’ burgeoning all-around game.
The WNBA’s 2020 COVID-19-scarred season provided its own series of issues for DeShields. Knee and thigh injuries robbed DeShields of her trademark burst and consequently, her aggressive approach. The WNBA leader in transition scoring in 2019, DeShields had to deal with uncharacteristic challenges that ultimately cut short her 2020 season. Nevertheless, DeShields was able to adapt her game to post a career-best in field goal percentage at .434.
Having resumed her training as soon as the injuries faded, DeShields’ challenging 2020 season provides her with her greatest motivation yet. DeShields’ Sky, a 2019 playoff team behind her breakout campaign, slumped without her, providing both her and them the opportunity the hunger and the opportunity to pick up where they left off with her physical gifts restored.
DeShields has been included in an assortment of WNBA products thus far, including 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA.
Future Watch: Diamond DeShields Basketball Cards, Chicago Sky – Stats
Future Watch: Diamond DeShields Basketball Cards, Chicago Sky – Other Resources
- Diamond DeShields WNBA.com Player Profile
- Diamond DeShields Basketball Cards – Secondary Market Pricing
- Beckett Card Catalog – Diamond DeShields Basketball Cards
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