WNBA Power Rankings: Las Vegas Aces move into top spot

WNBA Power Rankings: Las Vegas Aces move into top spot

Thats right. After the Las Vegas Aces came away with a 95-92 overtime win on Sunday over the Seattle Storm, things have been shaken up. Did Seattles two-game losing streak cost them more than one spot?
Take a look at the rankings below to discover.
Where does each group rank in this weeks WNBA Power Rankings?

In this weeks WNBA Power Rankings, the Las Vegas Aces finally push the Seattle Storm off their perch, but theyre not the only team going up.
Another week of WNBA action is behind us and this weeks power rankings feature some movement, specifically at the top of things.

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Indiana Fever 1-15 Last rank: 12

On Sunday, the Fever waived 2020 No. 3 general choice Lauren Cox. If this was a competing group, you may be able to understand this move, as Cox has played 8.6 minutes per game this year, balancing 1.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. But the Fever arent contenders: theyre a one-win team that requires to do whatever they can in regards to finding out which– if any– young players have a future with the franchise. Carrying on from Cox simply doesnt make sense for this particular team. Even if you think shes not going to ever be a starting WNBA huge, moving on from her after a season and a half is another misstep by this front workplace.

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Atlanta Dream 5-9 Last rank: 10

Great news: the Dream have Chennedy Carter back. Bad news: Tiffany Hayes is harmed and theyve lost three video games in a row. Two of those were close losses, but then the group was burnt out 101-78 by the Liberty. The defense has been having a hard time, and the while the offense has its minutes, it hasnt been enough. Atlanta has a bright future with Carter, Cheyenne Parker, and Aari McDonald, but theyre starting to slip out of the playoff hunt in 2021.

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Los Angeles Sparks 6-8 Last rank: 11

The Sparks stay a difficult team to determine. Theyve lost three of their past four video games and are still without the Ogwumike sis. However Tea Cooper has actually been supplying some strong scoring, with two 20-point video games in a row. Include how Erica Wheeler is playing and you need to feel much better than you did prior to the season about the backcourt circumstance in L.A. If Nneka and Chiney can return soon-ish, this is a playoff group.

9

Washington Mystics 7-8 Last rank: 6

After a big win over Seattle, Washington has actually lost 2 games in a row. Injuries have them running outna incredibly small rotation, including needing to play Megan Gustafson as the 3rd huge today. Tina Charles is making a case for MVP, but Washington is simply too disjointed right now to break out of this current rut that theyre in. If we might ever see them at full health, I still believe they can beat anyone, but were halfway through the season and theres still no sign of Elena Delle Donne.

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New York Liberty 8-8 Last rank: 4

Sabrina Ionescu finally had another double-digit scoring game and the team shouldnt be too far from getting Natasha Howard back. A plantar fasciitis issue for Rebecca Allen kept her out last video game and she is a pretty important piece for this groups success.

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Minnesota Lynx 7-7 Last rank: 8

The Lynx are coming off a substantial overtime win over the Aces on Friday, which extended their win streak to 2 video games and lastly got them back to.500 for the very first time this season. Things are trending up in Minnesota and the Lynx– despite injuries to Aerial Powers and Natalie Achonwa and some significant regression for in 2015s Rookie of the Year Crystal Dangerfield — look poised to start challenging for a first-round playoff bye in the 2nd half of the season.

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Phoenix Mercury 7-7 Last rank: 9

Taurasis return likewise advised us of how much this group relies on the starters, as Brianna Turners 29 minutes were the most affordable number by any of the beginning 5. Considering in the final game without Taurasi both played 20-plus minutes, this redistribution of minutes is fascinating and reinforces how top-heavy this group is.

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Dallas Wings 8-8 Last rank: 7

Dallas has won 3 of their previous 4 video games. Charli Collier is beginning to look like a player who was worthy of the No. 1 choice. The Wings are looking like an excellent group right now and are pretty far ahead of schedule.

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Chicago Sky 9-8 Last rank: 3

With that in mind, I cant justify putting Chicago over a Sun group that has 3 fewer losses, even if the Sky are 2-1 against Connecticut this season. If were looking at right now and forecasting forward some, Chicago is the fourth-best group if we presume the Sun get Jonquel Jones back in the mix within a video game or 2.

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Connecticut Sun 10-5 Last rank: 5

Things looked bleak for the Sun with Jonquel Jones out for EuroBasket, as the group had 3 bad losses to Seattle and Chicago. A two-game win streak and the return of Jones this upcoming week has the Sun right there in the hunt for a leading playoff seed, as theyre just one game back in the loss column of both Seattle and Vegas. We could potentially see a new team break the Seattle/Vegas stranglehold on the leading two power ranking areas if Jones gets back and returns to playing MVP level basketball.

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Seattle Storm 12-4 Last rank: 1

Uhh, the Seattle Storm are on a two-game losing streak. Seattle is still the clear No. 2 team in the league, however a 1-2 record versus Vegas has actually knocked them out of the leading area in the power rankings, even as they still hold a 0.5 game lead for the one seed in the WNBA. Avoid to the Aces area for a longer conversation of these 2 teams.

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Las Vegas Aces 11-4 Last rank: 2

If were looking at right now and projecting forward some, Chicago is the fourth-best team if we assume the Sun get Jonquel Jones back in the mix within a game or two. Seattle is still the clear No. 2 group in the league, however a 1-2 record versus Vegas has actually knocked them out of the leading spot in the power rankings, even as they still hold a 0.5 video game lead for the one seed in the WNBA. How did this team go 2-1 versus Seattle so far regardless of losing to them soundly in last years Finals?

If this was a contending group, you may be able to comprehend this move, as Cox has actually played 8.6 minutes per video game this year, balancing 1.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. A plantar fasciitis problem for Rebecca Allen kept her out last video game and she is a quite important piece for this teams success.

How did this team go 2-1 versus Seattle so far despite losing to them comfortably in last years Finals? Since its a new season and Vegas smartly included the specific kind of gamer they needed this offseason in Chelsea Gray, whose scoring upside and passing ability help to unlock things on this team.
While this group does not have a lots of depth, they do have 2 Sixth Woman of the Year candidates in Dearica Hamby and Kelsey Plum who give them big minutes off the bench. You can argue that Seattles leading 2 players– Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd — are a much better duo than the Vegas leading two of Wilson and Cambage, but Vegas simply has such better pieces around those 2. Head coach Bill Laimbeer is making use of that talent better than he has in his entire time with the franchise and fantastic things are taking place.