The Lynx are coming off a heartbreaking loss in game 5 of the Finals.
The upside? They have their whole starting 5 back this season. They
also have been to 5/6 of the past finals winning 3 of those finals
appearances. But, they have never won back to back.
Player to watch: Seimone Augustus
With the loss of Kristi Toliver the Sparks are out to prove they not
only rightfully won the controversial finals series but that they are
also the clear top dogs in the league.
Player to watch: Odyseey Sims
Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd have brought a youthful excitement to
the Storm. The question is: can they continue to grow and live up to
potential? With Sue Bird missing training camp and possible more it
will be interesting to see how they do without her veteran presence.
Player to watch: Breanna Stewart
We have all seen the headlines and heard about the off-season transactions.
Can the Mystics finally take that next step as a team and bring the
ship to D.C.?
Player to watch: Emma Messeman
With a new coach and many new faces there are many questions to ask
about this Sky team. From a quick glance at the roster we can tell
they look to control the paint, but who will be the one to take the
reigns as their go-to scorer?
Player to watch: Imani Boyette
2016 was full of ups and downs for the Liberty. Tina Charles continued
to just dominate, but the team struggled to get up to the level of the
Lynx and Sparks. Come playoff time they quickly became subject to the
one major pitfall (in our opinion) of the new playoff system. Let's
see if Bill Laimbeer can move this team.
Player to watch: Amanda Zahui B
I think it is safe to say that 2016 was a disappointment for the
Mercury. To start the season the league's GMs voted that the Mercury
would win it all. However, the Mercury struggled mightily. Near the
end of the season they were able to make the playoffs-- just barely.
There the Mercury seemed to finally hit their stride, ending Tamika
Catchings career (beating the Fever) and then defeating the 3rd ranked
team in the league (Liberty). Like we have seen many times in the
recent past, the Lynx then sent the Mercury packing. So the question
this year is: which Mercury team are we going to see?
Player to watch: Britteny Griner
The Dream need two things with Angel Mccoughtry gone.
1) Points. Who will fill-in for her point production?
2) The 'it' factor. Call it leadership. emotion, fight or whatever you
want. Someone needs to bring IT.
Player to watch: Layshia Claredon
The Sun are a young and talented team. The question is: how long will
it take them to grow? If this team is still together when they do…
Player to watch: Rachel Banham
The Stars are overflowing with everything in the guard position. It
will be interesting to see how coach Vickie Johnson can work them all
into the mix. Points should be aplenty, but there is more to the game
Player to watch: Kelsey Plum
Can the Wings move up the totem pole? This team has a deep coaching
staff and the players to make the move to the middle of the League or
even the top third. Can the team make it work though?
Player to watch: Skylar Diggins
With Pokey Chatman in her first year in Indiana expect her to really
put the Pokey seal on this team early on. The loss of Tamika Catchings
will obviously have lasting effects, but I think having a new coach to
handle the transition is a great move.
Player to watch: Candice Dupree