Tagged WNBA

How Arike Ogunbowale’s Rookie Season Stacks Up Historically

This isn’t a Rookie of the Year breakdown. We already all know why Arike Ogunbowale should win the award.  That’s been obvious all year. But Ogunbowale’s overall 2019 body of work, and more specifically her efficiency uptick in the second half, calls for a look back at some of the top rookie seasons in league…

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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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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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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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What’s Behind Allisha Gray’s Recent Hot Streak?

Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is on track for her most efficient WNBA campaign. Diving into a recent hot streak and some season-long upticks in the right areas, let’s take a look at how the former Rookie of the Year has excelled in her third WNBA season (and first under new head coach Brian Agler). …

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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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Sorting Out Chicago Sky’s Rotation as Jamierra Faulkner Returns

Once Jamierra Faulkner made her 2019 season debut last month, the Chicago Sky were finally able to get a look at their full team.  Faulkner suffered season-ending knee injuries in consecutive seasons. First came the left one, wiping away the entire 2017 season. She injured the right knee part-way through last season.  Unlike several other…

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Speculation and Ideas for WNBA Trade Deadline

WNBA trade deadlines rarely see much movement. Fitting under the league’s hard cap is extremely difficult, and there isn’t much differentiation between the salaries of stars and non-stars. There are essentially two buckets nearly every player falls into: Minimum contracts (or players on rookie-scale deals) and veterans tabbed at or near the max. The 2019…

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Nneka Ogwumike Makes LA Sparks the Contender You Won’t See Coming

No 2019 contender is further from being a finished product than the Los Angeles Sparks. Four core rotation players are currently sidelined. Yet, if and when they each return at full strength, it will still be Nneka Ogwumike’s excelling in an ever-evolving role that will be the biggest reason why they’re able to put it…

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