Los Angeles Sparks
The three major offseason acquisitions in Los Angeles were head coach Derek Fisher, All-Star center Chiney Ogwumike, and first-round draft pick Kalani Brown, another center. A team that was bereft of secondary perimeter options elected to use its best assets to get even bigger.
In some ways, that makes sense. The Sparks’ greatest strength last year was its high talent level, even if there wasn’t quite enough to go around. When the team’s All-Star bigs, Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, shared the court together, Los Angeles had a plus-9.4 net rating (per Positive Residual), compared to 1.4 overall. For context, the WNBA champion Seattle Storm had an overall net rating of plus-8.8.