We’re approximately a third of the way through the season, and the statistical noise that typically dominates small samples has begun to recede in the WNBA power rankings.
The Los Angeles Sparks, even with an uncharacteristic start, have asserted themselves as title contenders. The Minnesota Lynx remain dominant. And the Washington Mystics are coming together the way the offseason acquisitions suggested they would.
As for the bottom of the league, well, San Antonio and Chicago have stood out thus far as well.
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Still, there’s quite a muddle that has yet to sort itself out in the middle of the league—the current three seed, the New York Liberty, are 7-5, while the current ten seed, the Atlanta Dream, are 5-6. Not much breathing room there between a bye and hosting a playoff game and some ping pong balls in the A’ja Wilson Sweepstakes.
Here’s how it sorts out at the moment: