With the curtain set to rise on the 2022 WNBA season on Friday, the Sparks waived returning guards Te’a Cooper and Arella Guirantes and novitiate guard Kianna Smith.

With Wednesday’s cuts, the Sparks have 14 players on a canon that ultimately will have to be whittled to 12.

For now, the Sparks will open play in Chicago against Candace Parker and the defending champion Sky with 11 players in livery.

Remains without Kristi Toliver, who's on a playoff run with the NBA’s Dallas Loners, for whom she’s an assistant trainer.

Also, sect Katie Samuelson and center Amanda ZahuiB. are n’t back from their overseas playing commitments.

Derek Fisher, the Sparks’ general director and trainer, has stressed versatility, length and athleticism the once couple of times.

This season’s draft and the platoon’s posterior cuts feel to reflect those precedences.

With the exception of 5- bottom-9 Brittany Sykes (who can immerse) and Chennedy Carter (a burgeoning star), Jordin Canada (5-6).

Lexie Brown (5-9) and Toliver (5-7) – all guards who ’ve won WNBA titles – are the only players shorter than 6 bases on the canon.

Atwell made her case in preseason play, including on Saturday against Phoenix, when she came off the bench and hit all six of her 3- point attempts.

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