Tagged Phoenix Mercury

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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Where Do Phoenix Mercury Go From Here After Difficult 2019 Season?

The 2019 Phoenix Mercury never got off the ground.  Diana Taurasi’s year was completely derailed by preseason back surgery and hamstring issues late in the season. The team that pushed the 2018 eventual champion Seattle Storm to the brink was never going to reach that same level of play without her.  Thus, evaluating everything must…

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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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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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All-Star Kia Nurse is Second Scorer NY Liberty Needed

New York Liberty second-year guard Kia Nurse was named a 2019 All-Star starter earlier this week. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick has stepped into a larger scoring role and helped New York to a 7-8 start, capably filling the vacant role as a No. 2 option in support of eight-time All-WNBA forward Tina Charles.…

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Leilani Mitchell, Committee Approach Keep Phoenix Mercury in the Hunt

Leilani Mitchell was undoubtedly one of the 12 best basketball players in camp with the Phoenix Mercury last month. Yet, the team waived the 10-year veteran and brought her back two games into the 2019 WNBA season as they worked under the league’s hard salary cap and attempted to maximize each roster spot.  She drew…

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What EuroBasket Departures Mean for Rest of WNBA Season

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 begins June 27 and concludes July 7 with the championship game. 13 WNBA players along with several additional players and prospects of interest are competing in the tournament, and WNBA teams must account for the temporary losses of these players as they compete on this international stage. We don’t know how things…

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