The final week of the very first half shook some things up in the power rankings. The greatest change: the Indiana Fever, who Ive long thought would be ranked 12th all season, are no longer ranked last after a three-game winning streak.
Plus, there are some more shake-ups in the rest of the rankings. Check out on to see where your favorite group lands this week.
Where does each team rank in this weeks WNBA Power Rankings?
In this weeks WNBA Power Rankings, we have a look at the state of the league as everyone pauses for the All-Star break..
Weve gotten to the All-Star break. The great news is that the WNBA All-Star Game is this week! The problem is that because of the Olympics, we will not see any WNBA games till August– though we do get to see the Olympics, which I suppose is a positive.
Atlanta is a mess today. Theres the Chennedy Carter suspension thing hanging over their heads as we go into the break, plus theyve lost four in a row, consisting of Sundays 79-68 loss to the Fever. You could most likely call this 12th area a toss-up between Atlanta and Los Angeles if we were talking simply about the on-court production, but Los Angeles remains in a better area going forward– less questions about what the team looks like post-Olympics and just a much better roster when at complete strength.
Atlanta Dream 6-13 Last rank: 11.
Los Angeles Sparks 6-13 Last rank: 10.
Mentioning the Sparks which much better roster, we didnt see the Ogwumike sisters return before the break, but the Sparks need to get both back for the latter half of the season. A six-game losing streak took a group that remained in playoff contention and put them in a huge hole, but five of those losses were to Seattle, Las Vegas, and Minnesota. Thats simply a terrible schedule, but things get much easier after the break. A playoff look is escaping, but its not officially out of the concern yet.
Sure, the Fever still have the worst record in the WNBA, but their three-game winning streak has them surrounding the Dream and Sparks, whove lost a combined 10 in a row. It seems this team is finding out some rotation issues, with Teaira McCowan getting heavy minutes and the group leaning more on Kelsey Mitchell and Danielle Robinson. Will this run last? Probably not, however this winning streak– the first for Indiana since 2016 per Across The Timeline — should feel great for Fever fans.
Indiana Fever 4-16 Last rank: 12.
The Wings have lost three in a row, but there are some intense spots. Charli Collier had arguably her best game as a pro on Sunday, ending up with 13 points and eight boards and playing some solid defense, though that defense didnt always stop this explosive Aces frontcourt. Still, the No. 1 general pick in fact looking like the No. 1 overall choice is an excellent method to end the first half. Couple that with Bella Alarie having 11 points and six boards and Awak Kuier in fact getting some minutes in the first half, and head coach Vickie Johnson has something to develop on inside when the season resumes.
Dallas Wings 9-12 Last rank: 6.
Washington Mystics 8-10 Last rank: 9.
This Olympic break might be huge for the Mystics if Elena Delle Donne can get healthy by the end of it and if the team can get Emma Meesseman to come over for the 2nd half. Because circumstance, Washington is still an outdoors contender to have a strong finish to the year and make some playoff noise. If the 2nd half does not include those two things, well see a lot of the same in Washington: Tina Charles being asked to do whatever, then doing everything while the group itself treads water and finishes under.500.
New York City Liberty 10-11 Last rank: 7.
Like Washington, the second half in New York depends on an injured big. This is an interesting group, but they arent going to consistently beat good teams without Howard anchoring the defense.
Phoenix Mercury 9-10 Last rank: 6.
I dont understand what to consider Phoenix. Diana Taurasi is handling a chest injury, but the group handled to endure this Taurasi-less stretch better than their last one, with success over both Vegas and Seattle. Sure, Seattle recovered to beat the Mercury on Sunday, however the Mercury still need to be delighted about how theyve been playing. Skylar Diggins-Smith has advised the league thats she one of the Ws best guards. Brittney Griner has had some explosive video games, like her 29 and 15 on Friday. Phoenix isnt a title competitor, but theyre a strong playoff group.
Chicago looked poised at one indicate challenge for an area amongst the leagues elite groups after Candace Parker returned and the Sky looked like they could not lose. Theyve dropped two in a row against the Wings and the Mystics, with the defense beginning to falter. Fortunately– they played simply one game today, so the team ought to generally get in the second half with an additional week of rest over everyone else. Still, the disparity from players like Diamond DeShields and Azurá Stevens in a year where both were believed to be gamers who could make big leaps is frustrating.
Chicago Sky 10-10 Last rank: 5.
Connecticut lost to the Fever on July 3, but are 2-0 given that. And thinking about the Fever are now on a three-game winning streak, that loss does not look rather as bad now. Connecticut drops one area in this weeks rankings since of how well the Lynx are playing, but dont consider that as a knock on this Sun group. Jonquel Jones — who had 17 and 17 against the Liberty on Sunday– is an MVP candidate, Brionna Jones is a Most Improved candidate, and DeWanna Bonner is still DeWanna Bonner.
Connecticut Sun 14-6 Last rank: 3.
Minnesota Lynx 12-7 Last rank: 4.
The Lynx have now won seven in a row, including two wins over Vegas. Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier are one of the very best frontcourts in the league– Vegas is actually the only team strongly ahead of them– and Damiris Dantas is playing some really good basketball at forward as well. Who d have thought that the key to this group contending for a title was for the Liberty to launch Layshia Clarendon early in the season?
The Aces held the area for two weeks in a row, however 2 losses this week have actually demanded this drop. Nothings changed in my mind about the Aces being my title favorites when they have the entire team, however for now, Seattle is playing better.
Las Vegas Aces 15-6 Last rank: 1.
Seattle Storm 16-5 Last rank: 2.
The Storm lost to the Mercury on Friday, but are 4-1 considering that losing to the Aces back on June 27. That Mercury game likewise happened without Ezi Magbegor and Stephanie Talbot, and Seattle reacted to that loss by defeating Phoenix the next game out. Mercedes Russell has actually answered all the questions I had about the center position for the Storm and the Breanna Stewart/Jewell Loyd duo stays pretty unstoppable. The 2nd half of the WNBA season will likely feature an ongoing struggle for power in between Seattle and Vegas. Itll be enjoyable.
Diana Taurasi is dealing with a chest injury, but the group managed to survive this Taurasi-less stretch much better than their last one, with success over both Vegas and Seattle. The great news– they played just one game this week, so the team needs to generally get in the 2nd half with an additional week of rest over everyone else. Connecticut drops one spot in this weeks rankings because of how well the Lynx are playing, but dont believe of that as a knock on this Sun team.
It appears this team is figuring out some rotation issues, with Teaira McCowan getting heavy minutes and the group leaning more on Kelsey Mitchell and Danielle Robinson. If the 2nd half does not include those two things, well see a lot of the very same in Washington: Tina Charles being asked to do whatever, then doing everything while the team itself treads water and surfaces under.500.