WNBA Power Rankings: Jewell Loyd and the Seattle Storm are cooking

WNBA Power Rankings: Jewell Loyd and the Seattle Storm are cooking

In this weeks WNBA Power Rankings, the Seattle Storm still hold the leading area, thanks in part to the MVP-level play of Jewell Loyd.
Another week of WNBA action remains in the books, which suggests another week of power rankings is here.

For the third week in a row, the No. 1 and No. 12 teams stay the exact same. Seattle is playing like the leagues best group.
What might be a surprise? What teams like Dallas and Los Angeles have performed in the past week. Among those teams took a big dive in this weeks rankings, while the other saw a big drop.
Where does each group rank in this weeks WNBA Power Rankings?

12

Indiana Fever 1-11 Last rank: 12

No change at the bottom here, as the Fever retain the 12th spot. They lost a set of games to the Chicago Sky this week, and while those games were competitive, they were still losses. Indianas got one win. No other group has fewer than 4 wins. On the bright side, Teaira McCowan had 20 points and 13 boards last video game, however the Fever likewise reverted back to their whole “we dont have to begin our most promising big each video game” thing, which is truly frustrating.

11

Los Angeles Sparks 4-5 Last rank: 5

The Sparks had a great run, winning four of five video games at the end of May and start of June and rising to fifth in last weeks power rankings. Neither Ogwumike sis is healthy right now, leading to Tea Cooper being the teams leading scorer. I was incorrect to rank the Sparks so high last week based on their winning streak.

10

Washington Mystics 4-6 Last rank: 10

I stay befuddled by the Mystics. The talent is here– Tina Charles is having a career renaissance and Myisha Hines-Allen is playing at a high level and Ariel Atkins is apparently making a leap this year. However when your rotation also includes Shavonte Zellous, Theresa Plaisance, and Erica McCall, there are some holes. As I say each week, Washington requires Elena Delle Donne back. Will it happen? Probably? Getting Sydney Wiese back from an ankle injury would reinforce this group.

9

Chicago Sky 4-7 Last rank: 11

The Sky have won two in a row and more notably have Candace Parker back, who is exceptionally essential to what this team desires to do on both ends. Part of power ranking is trying to figure out which groups are excellent at the minute, and the Sky are playing better than Washington and Los Angeles right now.

8

Atlanta Dream 5-6 Last rank: 8

The Dream continue to be an extremely typical basketball group, which is in fact a good surprise when you consider Chennedy Carter is out. They just had a huge win over Washington in which Courtney Williams and Odyssey Sims integrated for 41 points, and Cheyenne Parker has offered a huge increase to the frontcourt. Im still concerned about depth in advance, but Atlanta is going beyond everybodys expectations.

7

Phoenix Mercury 5-6 Last rank: 4

I believed the Mercury were weathering the Diana Taurasi injury well, however theyve dropped three games in a row now. When Kia Nurse and Megan Walker arent hitting their shots off Griners exit passes, theres not much this team can do.

6

Minnesota Lynx 4-5 Last rank: 6

A loss to the Mystics spoiled some of the momentum, but the Lynx have actually won four of the previous 5 games, with two of those wins by double digits. Minnesota probably has the finest frontcourt in the league outside of Vegas with Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier, and Layshia Clarendon is providing the group solid minutes.

5

Dallas Wings 5-6 Last rank: 9

The Wings are making relocations. Standing 3-5 last week, the team recorded a number of wins over the Mercury prior to losing a hard-fought one on Sunday against Vegas. While I still have a lots of questions about the rotations and about how little Allisha Gray has been playing, Satou Sabally has actually started to become a substantial threat. This is among the WNBAs inmost teams, which can be both a favorable and a negative, however for now, it looks like more of a favorable.

4

New York Liberty 6-4 Last rank: 7

Wild that just 4 WNBA groups are currently over.500, isnt it? The Liberty had a long layoff this week and then were without Sabrina Ionescu on Sunday, but they still managed to take care of the Mercury, who tried to stage a late resurgence but fell short because of a Rebecca Allen protective stop.

3

Connecticut Sun 8-3 Last rank: 2

And now (perhaps) begins the slide down the standings for the Sun, who lack Jonquel Jones since of her EuroBasket commitments. How that manifested in the first post-Jones game? An 89-66 loss to the Storm that saw Connecticut struggle to discover offense. DiJonai Carrington began for Jones, however Kaila Charles was the most significant recipient of the absence, scoring 14 points in 16 minutes. Still, Connecticut without Jones is going to be relying generally on DeWanna Bonner, who is a good gamer however also does her best work when she has other stars around her.

2

Las Vegas Aces 8-3 Last rank: 3

Ahh, all is right in the world, as the two teams from last years Finals are back atop the power rankings. Vegas has actually won 3 in a row and while the video games were sometimes a little too close– a 96-93 win over Washington, for example– the group is still winning video games, which is what truly matters.

1

Seattle Storm 10-2 Last rank: 1

The Storm keep winning. They burnt out the Jonquel Jones-less Sun on Sunday, doing so with Jewell Loyd scoring simply seven points. When a player like Loyd can have a bad night and you can still win 89-66 then, well … your team is good. The supporting cast of Sue Bird, Katie Lou Samuelson, and Jordin Canada is assisting keep the Loyd and Breanna Stewart-led group right there at the top of the standings regardless of the group looking worse on paper heading into this season.

One of those teams took a big dive in this weeks rankings, while the other saw a huge drop.
Standing 3-5 last week, the team taped a couple of wins over the Mercury before losing a hard-fought one on Sunday against Vegas. Ahh, all is right in the world, as the 2 groups from last years Finals are back atop the power rankings. Vegas has actually won 3 in a row and while the games were often a little too close– a 96-93 win over Washington, for example– the group is still winning video games, which is what actually matters. The supporting cast of Sue Bird, Katie Lou Samuelson, and Jordin Canada is helping keep the Loyd and Breanna Stewart-led group right there at the top of the standings regardless of the group looking even worse on paper heading into this season.