Only a third of WNBA teams currently have winning records. Here’s a look at the four teams and what they need to do in the second half of the season to win it all.
Get more points by supporting cast
The Storm’s big try has carried them this season and the team is second in the league with 86.4 points per game. It’s hard to criticize the success, but Seattle could be even better if the supporting cast gets more involved. Currently, Breanna Stewart averages 20.6 points per game, Jewell Loyd averages 17.5 and Sue Bird averages 10.9. Everyone on the team is averaging less than seven, with Katie Lou Samuelson’s 6.9 points per game in fourth place. Samuelson does not yet have a big score as a WNBA player, but she was for a reason placed in the place of the number 1 overall choice. She was a number 4 overall pick, and as a 6-foot-3 wing that can shoot and ride, she has a dangerously offensive repertoire. To handle the Aces, who have more than one big three and truly a big seven stars, Storm Samuelson, Mercedes Russell, Jordin Canada and others will need to act.
Use Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd as shutters
The Storm has two shutters in Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. They can not worry about which one will take the last shot, and they have to set up the matches for Loyd at least some of the times, if not most of the time, in the closing moments of close play matches, depending on what the situation required. In the NBA, everyone will put pressure on Stewart to be the last shot to achieve BOAT status. According to some, LeBron James is no better than Michael Jordan, if he is not the best player in his team for six championships and the last holds in all six finals. We know Stewart is the best player on the Storm, but it may not be she who takes the last shots. The Storm can not worry about helping Stewart achieve BOAT status; they need to focus on winning. And they have already won two championships with Stewart and Loyd playing together. But the only close game of the two sweeps was Game 2 in 2018 when the Storm defeated the Mystics 75-73. Stewart scored six of Seattle’s last seven points in that game, with the final point being a free-kick from Alysha Clark with a second left that did not affect what Washington did with the last second: a two-pointer -third court shot by Ariel Atkins. But Loyd has since gotten even better and even more clutch. She therefore has to share the narrower role with Stewart, a role that may be more important this time around, as the Aces are so loaded and the Storm is not the best team. And Stewart is not going to face as much scrutiny as LeBron James, and should not do so, because to be the GOAT is to play your part, whatever it may be, to help your team ‘ to win a championship.
Las Vegas Aces
Keep playing by A’ja Wilson
Wilson may not be as physically impressive as 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage or 6-foot 9 Brittney Griner, but is really special for her height (6’4 “). She is one of the best inside scorers in the game and probably even the best midfielder in the match (definitely the best midfielder after the middle distance) Even if Cambage is in her team, the Aces offense should go through her. Vegas is the team of A’ja, and even with so many other stars on the roster, it would be wise to keep playing through A’ja.Cambage, Chelsea Gray and others will still experience their moments.
Liz Cambage supports her teammate at Aces media day and says A’ja Wilson is the best player in the country #WNBA in her opinion.
– Zack Ward (@Zack_L_Ward) 3 May 2021
Be effective from a 3-point range
The Aces are known for not taking many tries. They were comfortably last year with 3-point attempts per game with 11.5 and still scoring the most points in the league and reaching the final. This year, they are taking a few more tries (13.8 per game), although it is still the last in the WNBA. They shoot 36.2 percent from a distance compared to 36.8 percent last year. 36.2 is still good and it is second in the league behind the Storm. The Aces need to keep shooting from outside the arc as they shoot from there, because the three ball is such an important part of today’s game and they need to keep up with the other teams that are going to earn a lot. more efforts.
Stay confident in their three, especially Jonquel Jones
Let’s not react too much to the loss of Connecticut against the Storm in the Commissaris Cup match. The Sun can still win the title this year, and one of the reasons they can do it is because they are not just funny anymore; they are confident. And that should be them, too, especially if they can reach a top-two, which is still very possible, because it will push them straight to the semifinals and put them in a very good position. Jonquel Jones is a superstar who scored incredible numbers in the 2019 final. Her confidence is currently high and with the help of DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones, who are also confident, the Sun can challenge Seattle and Vegas.
Let Natisha Hiedeman be an X factor
The Sun’s supporting cast, like that of the Storm, has sometimes been a point of concern and criticism this season. However, they have four players who average in double figures compared to the Storm’s three, and Hiedeman is the fifth leading scorer with 8.2 points per game. Hiedeman can experience very big evenings and can break a defense’s back with her timely tries. Her toughness inspires her teammates and is really an important X factor for the sun. She fought hard for a place in the league and her fearlessness caused fear among opponents.
This list would not be complete without the Lynx, who could really be a title contender, especially if they get Aerial Powers back from a thumb injury. Natalie Achonwa was also out (knee), but played in the Olympics for Canada and will return for the Lynx. According to a report of Kent Youngblood of The Star Tribune Monday is Powers ‘another way to return’. Achonwa is not a star, but makes a good contributor and will definitely make Minnesota better. Powers on the other hand is a star and we do not know exactly how good she can be. She can be a big star. She, Kayla McBride, Crystal Dangerfield and Damiris Dantas are all a level below Napheesa Collier and Sylvia Fowles, but could be the difference in getting the team’s talent level closer to that of Seattle and Vegas.
Let Sylvia Fowles play on the highest side of what she’s capable of
Collier and Fowles put in a good performance against the Aces on June 25 in a 90-89 victory on June 25, which convinced many that the Lynx is real. Collier is young and is on the rise. Fowles is getting older, so we’ll see if she can continue to set up monster set lines in the second half of the season. The Lynx need her if they want to compete with Seattle, Vegas and Connecticut.