Tagged Las Vegas Aces

Here Are Your WNBA Most Improved Player Candidates

Criteria for the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award can be tough to specify with great detail.  Last season’s winner was clear. Natasha Howard filled every gap for the Seattle Storm as she joined forces with their four returning starters. She ended up being exactly what the Storm needed, and her production helped fuel a one-year…

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Connecticut Sun Close in on No. 1 Seed

The Connecticut Sun are now in pole position in the WNBA standings with six games remaining in their regular-season schedule.  They secured an ever-important tiebreaker with Friday’s comeback win over the Las Vegas Aces. (They already held the tiebreaker over the Washington Mystics who also sit at 20-8 after Friday’s action.) That means this up-and-coming…

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Activism and the WNBA

As we eulogize contemporary legend Toni Morrison, we look to her body of work for hope and inspiration. While teaching a class, she once remarked, “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody…

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Complete Second-Half WNBA Team-by-Team Previews

All too quickly, the WNBA has hit the All-Star break, capping off a weekend that also boasted a beach party featuring Snoop, Iggy Azalea, and DJ Liz Cambage. After everyone recovers and rests up, it’s go time: a six-week push to the end of the regular season. Let’s take a look at where teams currently…

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Liz Cambage, Dearica Hamby Can Cushion A’ja Wilson’s Absence

There’s roughly 6:10 left in the third quarter of a must-see game between the Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces. Speedy Storm guard Jordin Canada retreats to half-court after the initial set doesn’t create an advantage. She jets to her left around a Natasha Howard screen and penetrates the lane. Her patented lefty scoop…

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Early Effects of WNBA’s Cost-Cutting Roster Moves

WNBA teams operate under a hard cap and only get 12 roster spots. It’s a harsh reality of the league’s current state. Rookies, young players coming off rookie-scale deals and veteran bench players alike are often victims to roster crunches, with talent ranking far down the list of reasons why. The guaranteed contract—referred to in…

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Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces Are Perfect for Each Other

The question of where All-WNBA center and 2018 scoring champ Liz Cambage would end up—or if she’d get dealt at all—hung over much of this WNBA offseason. The Las Vegas Aces finalized a deal last week to acquire Cambage, much to the delight of the team, head coach and president of basketball operations Bill Laimbeer,…

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Biggest Winners From 2019 WNBA Draft

Jackie Young didn’t have to wait long to hear her name called Wednesday night at the 2019 WNBA Draft in New York after foregoing her final season of eligibility. The Notre Dame alum was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the No. 1 overall pick, though they weren’t the only clear winners on the…

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How to Balance Las Vegas Aces Offense

The Las Vegas Aces have plenty of room to grow if securing a playoff spot this season, the franchise’s first since 2014. Much of it can come organically. Eight members of 2018’s team had fewer than four years WNBA experience. The Aces finished sixth in offensive rating (103.9) and eighth in defensive rating (106.7). Their…

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Las Vegas Aces 2019 Offseason Checklist

The honeymoon phase for the Las Vegas Aces will end the moment they announce their 2019 No. 1 overall pick. Sold and relocated before the 2018 season, Vegas will soon be a playoff hopeful rather than the owner of the worst record (like they were last season). As a rookie, A’ja Wilson tied for third…

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