The WNBA season is currently in the middle of an intermission. Olympic hoops are taking all the attention for the time being, and for good measure. The USA Men’s team began with a loss to France, while the women will hope to play better themselves.
Kelsey Plum is helping Team USA play strong ball in the first-ever 3X3. And of course, the goal for her Aces will be to claim the title. Let’s look back at what has happened in the season so far, and analyze the teams with the best WNBA odds of winning it.
WNBA Season Analysis, and Odds to Win Championship
Tina Charles Tearing It Up
After missing all of last season, Tina Charles is back and dominating. The 2012 league MVP is playing her first year with the Mystics, who have not won at the pace most expected. But, she has been electric and even got voted to her eighth All-Star game in 11 years. Her game speaks for itself.
Averaging a league-high 26 points per game, she is also pulling in 10 rebounds and averaging 2.2 assists per contest. This is also by far the best three-point shooting campaign of her career. And it is clear she will be in the running for her second career MVP.
At the end of the day, she makes her team much better. And bringing her in during FA was huge.
Sabrina Ionescu Slowly Finding Her Footing
Sabrina Ionescu hit a game-winner earlier this season. She has also been at it with the triple-doubles. But, she is averaging 10 points and shooting below 36% from the floor. She is posting six assists per contest but has a meh 2.0 A/TO ratio.
Her game is only going to get better, but she has had some good moments, as mentioned. Her future is extremely bright, and she is a player that will only grow. Ionescu will turn the Liberty into contenders in due time.
The Title Favorites
It should not come as a huge surprise, but the Las Vegas Aces are favored to win the 2021 WNBA title. They are still relatively new to the league but have wasted no time establishing themselves. Having so many #1 overall selections and picking the likes of Jackie Young and A’ja Wilson certainly helped, too.
They are +220 favorites to win the title. But right behind them at +230, are the Storm. Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart have continued to show tremendous leadership, as they look to bring another title to Washington state.
Seattle is constantly winning, trying to hush hungry NBA fans who want the Sonics back. This team is a perennial powerhouse with veteran leadership unlike what you see anywhere else. Sue Bird might have to move into a retirement home at the end of her lengthy career based on how things have gone. She may never walk away.
And at #3, the Connecticut Storm. At +600, they will have a good chance to win the East. Jonquel Jones is an MVP candidate and dominates in all areas. When she is locked in, they are very tough to beat. Capable of scoring from anywhere and crashing the glass, she is as good as any player in the league.