WNBA Semi Finals Preview:

L.A. Sparks

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Candace Parker


She’s cerebral enough to play any position but has the size to be a dominant center and can bring the ball out of the paint. She earned last year’s Finals MVP for going into Beast Mode, dropping 28 points in the deciding fifth game to win it all.

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Nneka Ogwumike


She averaged 18.8 ppg and scored double digits in all but two games. She was last year’s MVP last year, and if it wasn’t for league-driven storylines, she would be a real candidate to win it again this year. She has the handles and size to drive to the hoop or run the ball up the court as a point guard

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Alana Beard


Hands down, the best defensive player in the league, On Aug. 27, she held Maya Moore to 4 points, shutting her down like I’ve never seen anyone do. She has a motor that never stops. She’s a fly always buzzing around and never letting up. Whoever she gets assigned to guard will have to take a backseat to other scorers.

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Chelsea Gray


She’s been playing well recently, breaking out as an unexpected scorer at the end of the season. She’s a good defensive player in the back court. While other players have struggled, she has been consistent all year. It’s remarkable to think that she was one of the team’s biggest question marks.

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Odyssey Sims


Joined the defending champs in the offseason and really picked it up in the second half, scoring 16+ points 7 times. The Sparks need her to be a facilitator, delivering the rock to all this talent around her.



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Sydney Wiese


A dynamic young player that can shoot lights out if she gets going. 



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