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Power Ranking Each WNBA Team, Post-Free Agency – Part 2

With many WNBA teams diving headlong into free agency, a divide has eroded the mid-tier competition. A binary of approaches has materialized: Some franchises are win-now; others prepare solely for the future. The new CBA led to a ballooning of both player salaries and the cap. This created a free agency free-for-all that has shaken…

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My Most Painful Four Seconds of Basketball Ever

The end of the 2019 Chicago Sky season felt unjust compared to how its regular season went. Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby’s steal and near-half-court jumper to eliminate Chicago from the postseason was beyond a knife in the back. It was like I was an unsuspecting field mouse foraging for food at night and…

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Breaking Down Another Big Week of WNBA Free Agency

While not quite matching the record-setting pace of the first wave, WNBA Free Agency’s second week hasn’t lacked excitement. That said, a few teams have been conspicuously quiet in comparison to the rest. The Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty have largely sat out the proceedings while everyone else has loaded up or…

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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 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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Imagining the WNBA’s Hot Stove That Isn’t

Right now fans could be watching Twitter feeds for any clue as to the future destinations of some of the WNBA best talents in free agency. But they’re not. Everything is quiet amid a missed opportunity. The league’s horrible compensation structure—which gives players as a group a mere 20 percent of basketball revenues—is mostly to…

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Building on Diamond DeShields’ Stellar Sophomore Season

Diamond DeShields is defending the strong-side corner when the Chicago Sky force a turnover. By the time Courtney Vandersloot hits her with a lead pass, she’s at half court, a step beyond Phoenix Mercury center Britney Griner, retreating from her high post position. There’s no contest as DeShields finishes the reverse. She’s three minutes into…

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Now’s the Time for Chicago Sky to Run It Back

The Chicago Sky missed out ever so slightly. First on a playoff bye. Then on a chance to take down the eventual champion Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series.  Chicago was pegged as one of the league’s bigger disappointments after missing the playoffs in 2018 with plenty of star power already in-house. The team…

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What Kristi Toliver’s Injury Means for Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics are dealing with the same two dreaded words that foiled their 2018 postseason run: bone bruise.  2019’s title favorites have a one-game lead on the Connecticut Sun for the No. 1 overall seed with four games to play. The Mystics are 6-1 in the current stretch without All-Star guard Kristi Toliver, who…

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What Jantel Lavender’s Injury Means for Chicago Sky

With Jantel Lavender expected to miss eight to nine weeks after undergoing surgery on a fracture in her left foot, where do the Chicago Sky go from here?  Several hopeful contenders are just getting healthy at this point in the season. Lavender went down in Friday’s game at the Las Vegas Aces just as the…

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