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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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Meet a Few of the Many Women Creating a Basketball Renaissance

Before being shut down by the Coronavirus, the many levels of women’s basketball were buzzing with excitement. Maybe it was the result of multiple exciting seasons—both past, present and future in the WNBA and NCAA. Perhaps it was WNBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement and its subsequent free agency—all portending greater player movement and empowerment. Maybe…

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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 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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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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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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How Washington Mystics Can Run It Back in 2020

The Washington Mystics built on 2018’s WNBA Finals appearance and won their first title in franchise history. Mission accomplished. One of the most terrifying offensive attacks in league history won’t take the floor for another seven months, (new collective bargaining agreement pending), but the Mystics have the ingredients of a group that could collect a…

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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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