A breakdown of next month’s expected players
Though nothing is official yet, the WNBA is working to complete plans to start its season on July 24 at IMG Academy in Florida.
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“According to ESPN, no further details of the plan, including housing and testing, have been specified as the proposal is still “tentative,” and the players have yet to agree,” The Next’s Bela Kirpalani wrote. “With approximately 144 players and countless staff and media members, the league’s biggest issue will certainly be in maintaining the health and safety of everyone. The league’s new collective bargaining agreement originally increased the regular season schedule from 34 to 36 games in 2020, and the reported proposal would see teams play 61.1% of the scheduled 36-game season this year.”
Should the teams return to play as constructed, what do we know about their makeup? Kurtis Zimmerman crunched the numbers. Included in his must-read breakdown is this nugget:
“In each of the last six seasons a team in the top-3 in terms of average age went on to win the title. Prior to that it was all teams from the middle-to-bottom of the pack, except the anomalous 2008 Detroit Shock.”
And in her latest family throwdown, Jenn Hatfield attempts to answer who is best: Allie Quigley, Sam Quigley Smith, or Courtney Vandersloot? The Quigleys are siblings, and Vandersloot, of course, is Allie’s spouse.
“But the Vanderquigs still have more they want to achieve in the WNBA after being eliminated from last year’s playoffs on a buzzer-beater. Sam, too—now with the last name Quigley Smith and a mother of four—has much more to come in her career. Yet, with the trio having accomplished so much already, there is one lingering question: who is the best of the bunch?”