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Breaking Down WNBA’s Wild Week of Free Agency

February 10 kicked off an exciting flurry of free-agent activity for the WNBA, and each of the 12 franchises has made moves they hope will improve their roster for the upcoming 2020 season. With the new CBA in place, some teams—like the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury—have pounced with large dollar offers to entice…

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WNBA Team-Building has Entered a New Era

Washington Mystics general manager and head coach Mike Thibault says the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement has changed his job forever. He’s right, and it’s a great thing despite the additional challenges for those in his profession. Thibault gave an interview to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post after former Washington guard Kristi Toliver recently…

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Courtney Williams’ Energy, Confidence are Critical for Connecticut Sun

It’s a one-point game in the last minute of the second quarter. The Connecticut Sun lead their best-of-five series 1-0 against the Los Angeles Sparks but are the trailing team in the game. Alyssa Thomas dribbles across the timeline, Morgan Tuck jogging alongside. Thomas passes to Tuck, who immediately pivots and looks for Courtney Williams,…

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How Long Until We See WNBA’s First ‘Super Team?’

During this third decade of the WNBA, players are finally starting to realize some of the agency that their counterparts in the NBA enjoy. That’s not only true of them as a group but as individuals as well. The new CBA appears to open the door to greater and more frequent player movement, as well…

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Don’t Overlook Aerial Powers’ Impact for Washington Mystics

The 2019 champion Washington Mystics compiled one of the strongest offensive campaigns in WNBA history, leading the league in points and assists per game, field goal percentage, 3-pointers made (a WNBA record), free throw percentage and offensive rating. Coach Mike Thibault’s offensive juggernaut continued its onslaught in the postseason, upping the scoring to from 89.3…

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WNBA Watch List: Top Matchups for Each Team in 2020

The WNBA recently released its 2020 schedule, and this coming year’s teams will play 36 games (instead of 34) while also participating in the first-ever Commissioner’s Cup. Every team will take its first ten conference games—two matchups apiece against each of the five other teams in their conference—and use those standings to seed a midseason…

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WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Reminds How Poorly Players Were Treated

The new tentative collective bargaining agreement between the WNBA and WNBPA is a groundbreaking labor contract for those parties. But that’s kind of the problem. While the league has yet to make the full text of the CBA available (and likely won’t do so until after the contract is voted on by the league’s Board…

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The Silver Lining Behind 2019 Seattle Storm’s Poor Injury Luck

The Seattle Storm’s hopes of repeating in 2019 were already all but dashed by the time the season tipped off. In the six weeks before the season began, league MVP Breanna Stewart suffered a ruptured Achilles overseas and star point guard Sue Bird underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. That left a lot of question marks and…

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Hiring Walt Hopkins Ushers in New Era of NY Liberty Basketball

One week before the ever-extended CBA deadline, the New York Liberty introduced Walt Hopkins on Wednesday as its eighth head coach in franchise history. Sitting beside General Manager Jonathan Kolb, Hopkins could hardly withhold an enthusiastic grin through his introduction at the Liberty’s new home arena, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He comes over from…

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It’s Time for a Massive Investment in WNBA Kicks

As Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler searches for a new shoe deal, the vast majority of his counterparts in the WNBA are in the same situation. But one is far likely to find a new home than all the others. The time to change that has come because of the prevalence of star power in…

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