Today is the day, WNBA fans, the start of the regular season! Are you excited? I am because if what we have seen over the course of the last few weeks is any indicator, it is going to be a great season. Ok, sure, everyone seems to believe that we’ll see the Sparks and the Lynx in the finals again, but between come back players and rookies…well, I’m excited! Here are a few thoughts on as preseason comes to an end:
- Former Olympian and four-time All Star Angel McCoughtry is back with the Atlanta Dream after a full season off. Is this a good thing? Well, let’s consider her history: McCoughtry is “a six-time All-WNBA selection, an eight-time All-Defensive team selection, a two-time scoring champion and owner of the record for most points in a playoff game (42) and four of the top seven performances in league history.” So, yeah, it is no surprise that the Atlanta Dream, who had a horrible season last year at 12-22, has been noted as the most improved team this preseason. This is good news for first-time head coach Nicki Collen
- Is it too soon to be talking rookie of the year? Not when you’re talking about first-round pick A’ja Wilson. The Aces’ rookie has been FANTASTIC in preseason as a scoring machine, a shot-blocker, and a rebounder. The newly relocated team, especially coach Bill Laimbeers will be looking to Wilson to get them as close to the finals as possible this season
- The Seattle Storm? Well, they found gold in Canada, Jordin Canada that is! With an average of 16 points and three steels per game, Canada is a good replacement for point guard Sue Bird who is rumored to be considering retirement soon possibly
- The Chicago Sky is still a bit cloudy, unfortunately. The Sky did not make the playoffs last season and considering their horrible preseason (0-3), it is not looking like they’re going to get there this season either. Although…when you consider how young this team is along with the fact that their number three and four draft picks, Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams, are expected to bring some serious game, I wouldn’t give up on them just yet
The Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury kick the season off tonight at 10 PM ET. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to NBA TV, you can watch the game there.
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