HOW SHE JOINED THE ACES
One of Head Coach Bill Laimbeer’s primary goals during the run up to the 2018 season was to shore up the Aces’ post play. With the drafting of power forward A’ja Wilson a foregone conclusion, he needed players who could bang in the middle and allow Wilson to roam freely on the offensive end of the floor.
Four-year veteran center Kelsey Bone fit the bill in a number of ways, having been an All-Star in 2015, and perhaps more importantly, having played for Laimbeer with the New York Liberty back in 2013.
The Mercury owned Bone’s rights, and Laimbeer sent Las Vegas’ third round pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft along with one of its second round picks in the 2019 Draft, to Phoenix to secure Bone’s services.
Bone struggled with her shot in the early going, but went 14 of 20 from June 1 through June 12, lifting her field goal percentage up to 51.6. It remained at or above 50.0 percent the rest of the season, and she was one of three members of the aces to connect on 50 percent or more of her field goals on the year (Swords 55.7, Hamby 52.6).
She averaged 7.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, and her 4.0 assists per 36 minutes were the second most of any post player in the league (Candace Parker, 5.5).
Bone combined with Carolyn Swords and rookie JiSu Park to average 9.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists out of the center position on the year.
The game that turned things around for Bone in the field goal percentage department was also her best game of the year, as she scored a season-high 10 points and grabbed five rebounds while going four for six from the field in the Aces’ June 1 win over Washington. It was also Las Vegas’ historic first win since relocating from San Antonio.
Bone’s eight-rebound, two-for-three shooting performance against Chicago on July 5 also helped the Aces to a W, and started the team on a season-best, four-game winning streak.
WHERE IS SHE NOW?
Bone began the 2018-19 “offseason” playing for CCC Polowice in Poland. In three games in Polish League play, she averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while making 71.4 percent of her shots from the field. In EuroLeague competition, Bone competed in two games, averaging 7.5 points an 4.5 rebounds.
She was released from her contract prior to Thanksgiving, and signed with Cukurova in Turkey.