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Former Baylor All-Americans Brittney Griner (left) and Odyssey Sims (right) could be playing alongside more former Lady Bears as the WNBA Draft begins Thursday.

Associated Press — LM Otero, file

As the 2017 WNBA Draft approaches on Thursday night, here’s a look at the 12 league teams.

Atlanta Dream

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Coach: Michael Cooper

Home arena: McCamish Pavilion

2016 record: 17-17

Noteables: Angel McCoughtry is sitting this season out to rest. In her absence, there are plenty of players who can step up — one of them being last year’s WNBA Most Improved Player Elizabeth Williams.

Chicago Sky

Location: Rosemont, Illinois

Coach: Amber Stocks

Home arena: AllState Arena

2016 record: 18-16

Noteables: The Sky has to replace the production of former MVP Elena Delle Donne. Chicago has plenty of young options to do so in Stefanie Dolson, Imani Boyette and Kahleah Cooper.

Connecticut Sun

Location: Uncasville, Conn.

Coach: Curt Miller

Home arena: Mohegan Sun Arena

2016 record: 14-20

Noteables: The Sun’s playoff drought extended to four years a season ago after the injury bug bit. Morgan Tuck and Rachel Banham each had season-ending knee surgeries, while Chiney Ogwumike suffered a torn Achilles tendon while playing in December and is likely to miss the entire 2017 season. Connecticut plays with an uptempo style and shot the fourth-most 3-pointers in the WNBA last year.

Dallas Wings

Location: Arlington, Texas

Coach: Fred Williams

Home arena: College Park Center

2016 record: 11-23

Noteables: Since 2011, the franchise has had seven first round picks, but only three of them remain — Glory Johnson, Skylar Diggins and Aerial Powers. None of them have been healthy recently. After winning three titles and making seven straight playoff appearances as the Detroit Shock, the team has only had one winning season over the past seven years.

Indiana Fever

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Coach: Pokey Chatman

Home arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

2016 record: 17-17

Noteables: This will be the first season in 16 years that the Fever will be without Tamika Catchings after she retired the end of last season. The addition of All-Star Candice Dupree should help as Indiana will need the younger players to step up.

Los Angeles Sparks

Location: Los Angeles, California

Coach: Brian Agler

Home arena: Staples Center

2016 record: 26-8

Noteables: The defending WNBA champions return most of their roster from last seaon, led by MVP Nneka Ogwumike and Finals MVP Candace Parker. LA’s newest addition is Odyssey Sims who hopes to contribute to the Sparks’ league-leading 3-point percentage.

Minnesota Lynx

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

Coach: Cheryl Reeve

Home arena: Xcel Energy Center

2016 record: 28-6

Noteables: The Lynx have won three titles in the last four seasons with the lone loss coming a year ago to the LA Sparks. Minnesota’s starting lineup is intact from last year’s run with Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson.

New York Liberty

Location: New York, New York

Coach: Bill Laimbeer

Home arena: Madison Square Garden

2016 record: 21-13

Noteables: Tina Charles led the WNBA last season in points and rebounds as the Liberty had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Most of last seasons’ team returns with the exceptoin o fCarolyn Swords.

Phoenix Mercury

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Coach: Sandy Brondello

Home arena: Talking Stick Resort Arena

2016 record: 16-18

Noteables: The Mercury won’t look like the same team in years past. Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner return, but that’s pretty much it for Phoenix due to Penny Taylor’s retirement, trades and DeWanna Bonner’s pregnancy.

San Antonio Stars

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Coach: Vickie Johnson

Home arena: AT&T Center

2016 record: 7-27

Noteables: This will be the first time since the team moved to San Antonio in 2003 that the Stars have two first round draft picks — first and fifth overall. San Antonio had the second overall pick last season and went with UConn’s Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson finished runner up for Rookie of the Year. Meanwhile, Kayla McBride missed the second half of last season due to a foot fracture. Overall, San Antonio finished with the lowest true shooting percentage in the WNBA.

Seattle Storm

Location: Seattle, Washington

Coach: Jenny Boucek

Home arena: KeyArena

2016 record: 16-18

Noteables: The Storm have had the league’s Rookie of the Year the past two seasons in Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. Seattle also has one of the league’s top point guards in Sue Bird who went off for a WNBA-leading 5.8 assists per game along with 12.8 points per game.

Washington Mystics

Location: Washington, DC

Coach: Mike Thibault

Home arena: Verizon Center

2016 record: 13-21

Noteables: The Mystics missed the playoffs for the first time under Thibault a season ago. Since then, Washington acquired the 2015 MVP Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky in exchange for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft. On top of that, the Mystics retained their top two leading scorers from last season — Taylor Hill and Emma Meesseman.

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