4. Jonquel Jones
The idea that the Connecticut Sun can’t win a WNBA title because the roster lacks a true star has never made much sense, not since the Sun drafted Jonquel Jones with the sixth pick in the 2016 draft. Coming off the bench, Jones was an immediate star within her limited minutes in her rookie season, finishing in the top ten in player efficiency rating that season and every season since. 2017 became an all-star campaign, and she managed to win sixth woman of the year honors in 2018 despite a slow start that ultimately kept Connecticut from fighting for the top-two seeding that would have protected them early on in the playoffs from Diana Taurasi. Jones is doing it all from the start so far in 2019, unguardable 6’6 out beyond the arc or by the basket, with significantly better defending punctuated by an elevated block rate. She was a dark-horse candidate to win MVP this preseason, and there’s nothing dark-horse about the idea anymore.