WNBA Eastern Conference Preview

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Welcome to the 2019 WNBA season! This article will be a short breakdown of all the teams in the WNBA!

Eastern Conference

Chicago Sky

Key Additions: Katie Lou Samuelson (draft)

Key Losses : None

The Sky will basically look the exact same as last year. They like to play run and gun ball and get up and down the floor. Courtney Vandersloot is the keys best player. Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields are great players to go along Vadnersloot. Down low the Sky will roll with Stefanie Dolson and Cheyenne Parker. Chicago will need to tighten up of defense if they want to make the payoffs next year, last year they gave up 109.4 points a game (worst in WNBA)

 

Connecticut Sun

Key Additions: Kristine Anigwe (draft)

Key Losses:  Chiney Ogwumike

 

With Ogwumike out of the mix in Connecticut, look for Jonquel Jones to step back into her role from 2 years ago. Last year she was moved to the 6th man position and he numbers declined. The back court duo of Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams is still together this year. Thomas thrived last year in  starting power forward spot and look for her to continue her ways this year. 

 

New York Liberty

Key Additions: Tanisha Wright, Asia Durr (draft)

Key Losses: Bria Hartley, Sugar Rodgers, Epiphany Prince

 

Tina Charles is coming and entering her 10th season in the WNBA. If she can stay healthy then look for her to be the key for the Liberty this year. Nurse and Boyd should be the starting guards this year. Amanda Zahui looks to start at the beginning, at least till Kiah Stokes gets back from overseas. The last spot is the rookie Durr. It is hers to lose going into the season on a team that is looking to rebuild.

 

Atlanta Dream

Key Additions: Nia Coffey, Marie Gulich, Renee Montgomery

Key Losses: Angel McCoughtry (injury)

 

The Dram look to build on last year’s success, finishing above .500 for the first time since 2014. Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes look to start at the guard spots. Nia Coffey will get her first real action in the WNBA as a starter for the Dream. Next to her will be Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams. The Dream will be a tough team to handle with the acquisition of Montgomery. Look for Williams and Breland to be tough down low. McCoghtry might come back from a ACL injury late in the year, but I wouldn’t count on that.

 

Indiana Fever

Key Additions: Teaire McCowan (draft)

Key Losses: Cappie Pondexter (retire) Victoria Vivians (injury)

 

Indiana was the WNBA’s worst team last year. They also play at a very slow pace. Candice Dupree is the teams most experienced player. Natalie Achonwa is returning to the starting lineup this year and will need to play better on offense if this team wants to make the playoffs. Erica Wheeler and Shenise Johnson will be the starting guards for the Fever. The last starter will be Tiffany Mitchell and has shown improvement over her first 3 years in the WNBA. McCowan will help the Fever on defense as she was a proven rim protector in College.

 

Washington Mystics

Key Additions: Emma Messeeman (overseas) Aerial Powers (mid season Trade)

Key Losses: None

Last years surprise team to reach the finals looks to get back there again this year. The addition of Messeeman will greatly improve this teams depth and size. Ellen Delle Donne is still the face of this team and will look to lead them back to the finals. She is joined by all her starters from last year, Kristi Toliver, LaToya Sanders (will probably move to bench role with Messeeman coming back) Aerial Powers, Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins. This team is deep and very talented. With them being so deep, might be hard to target them on bigger slates.

 
 

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