2018 WNBA award predictions and championship picks

It is impossible to forecast injuries, surprises and disappointments throughout the season, but that didn’t stop the WNBAinsidr crew from making educated guesses on the individual awards, who will miss the playoffs and who will take home the championship hardware.

Also, don't forget to check out our WNBAinsidr Preseason Power Rankings.

Prediction: Rookie Of The Year

Maurice Brooks: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Jasmine Brown: Kelsey Mitchell, Fever 

Rachel Galligan: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Dorothy Gentry: Azura Stevens, Wings

Jameelah Johnson: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Brady Klopfer: Diamond DeShields, Sky

Nicholas LeTourneau: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Emma Leyden: Jordin Canada, Storm

Cayla McMorris: Jordin Canada, Storm

Pat Ralph: Azura Stevens, Wings

Aryeh Schwartz: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Prediction: Most Improved Player

Maurice Brooks: Kelsey Plum, Aces

Jasmine Brown: Tianna Hawkins, Mystics

Rachel Galligan: Stephanie Dolson, Sky

Dorothy Gentry: Odyssey Sims, Sparks

Jameelah Johnson: Tayler Hill, Mystics

Brady Klopfer: Kelsey Plum, Aces

Nicholas LeTourneau: Kelsey Plum, Aces

Emma Leyden: Kelsey Plum, Aces

Cayla McMorris: Nia Coffey, Aces

Pat Ralph: Kelsey Plum, Aces

Aryeh Schwartz: Tiffany Hayes, Dream

Prediction: Sixth Woman Of The Year

Maurice Brooks: Renee Montgomery, Dream

Jasmine Brown: Renee Montgomery, Dream

Rachel Galligan: Brittney Sykes, Dream

Dorothy Gentry: Jantel Lavendar, Sparks

Jameelah Johnson: Renee Montgomery, Dream

Brady Klopfer: Renee Montgomery, Dream

Nicholas LeTourneau: Renee Montgomery, Dream

Emma Leyden: Cappie Pondexter, Sparks

Cayla McMorris: Azura Stevens, Wings

Pat Ralph: Cappie Pondexter, Sparks

Aryeh Schwartz:  Brittney Sykes, Dream

Prediction: Coach Of The Year

Maurice Brooks: Curt Miller, Sun

Jasmine Brown: Fred Williams, Wings

Rachel Galligan: Brian Agler, Sparks

Dorothy Gentry: Brian Agler, Sparks

Jameelah Johnson: Pokey Chapman, Fever

Brady Klopfer: Brian Agler, Sparks

Nicholas LeTourneau: Bill Laimbeer, Aces

Emma Leyden: Brian Agler, Sparks

Cayla McMorris: Curt Miller, Sun

Pat Ralph: Nicki Collen, Dream

Aryeh Schwartz: Dan Hughes, Storm

Prediction: Defensive Player Of The Year

Maurice Brooks: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Jasmine Brown: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Rachel Galligan:  Tina Charles, Liberty

Dorothy Gentry: Briann January, Fever

Jameelah Johnson: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Brady Klopfer: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Nicholas LeTourneau: Brittney Griner, Mercury

Emma Leyden: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Cayla McMorris: Allisha Gray, Wings

Pat Ralph: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Aryeh Schwartz: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Prediction: Most Valuable Player


Maurice Brooks: Maya Moore, Lynx

Jasmine Brown: Candace Parker, Sparks

Rachel Galligan: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx

Dorothy Gentry: Liz Cambage, Wings

Jameelah Johnson: Maya Moore, Lynx

Brady Klopfer: Brittney Griner, Mercury

Nicholas LeTourneau: Maya Moore, Lynx

Emma Leyden: Brittney Griner, Mercury

Cayla McMorris: Candace Parker, Sparks

Pat Ralph: Brittney Griner, Mercury

Aryeh Schwartz: Maya Moore, Lynx

Prediction: Which teams will miss the playoffs?

Maurice Brooks: Fever, Sky, Liberty, Aces

Jasmine Brown:  Fever, Sky, Liberty, Aces

Rachel Galligan: Fever, Sky, Aces, Atlanta

Dorothy Gentry: Aces, Mercury, Sky, Dream

Jameelah Johnson: Aces, Wings, Sky, Liberty

Brady Klopfer: Aces, Fever, Dream, Storm

Nicholas LeTourneau: Dream, Fever, Sky, Storm

Emma Leyden: Fever, Sky, Aces, Liberty

Cayla McMorris: Aces, Fever, Sky, Mercury

Pat Ralph: Aces, Fever, Sky, Mystics

Aryeh Schwartz: Fever, Sky, Aces, Liberty

Prediction: Best Record In West


Maurice Brooks: Lynx

Jasmine Brown: Lynx

Rachel Galligan: Sparks

Dorothy Gentry: Sparks

Jameelah Johnson: Lynx

Brady Klopfer: Sparks

Nicholas LeTourneau: Lynx

Emma Leyden: Sparks

Cayla McMorris: Sparks

Pat Ralph: Sparks

Aryeh Schwartz: Sparks

Prediction: Best Record In East

Prediction: WNBA Champs

Maurice Brooks: Lynx

Jasmine Brown: Mystics

Rachel Galligan: Sparks

Dorothy Gentry: Sparks

Jameelah Johnson: Lynx

Brady Klopfer: Sparks

Nicholas LeTourneau: Lynx

Emma Leyden: Lynx

Cayla McMorris: Sparks

Pat Ralph: Sparks

Aryeh Schwartz: Lynx