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    WNBA 2021 SEASON PICKS !

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    2021 WNBA season predictions: Aces are the team to catch; will Breanna Stewart win MVP?

    Thu, May 13, 2021, 10:41 AM

    After a successful "wubble" season, the WNBA heads into its 25th anniversary season back in home markets, debuting the Commissioner's Cup in-season tournament and airing more than 100 nationally televised games. The season tips off Friday.

    As excitement builds in and around the league, Yahoo Sports and Just Women's Sports make predictions about the 2021 season.

    The Las Vegas Aces were the unanimous favorite to win the championship, as Yahoo Sports' NBA editor Marcus Vanderberg noted, "I'm looking forward to the duo of A'ja Wilson and Liz Cambage sharing the court once again for the Las Vegas Aces this season. When those two start clicking on the court, watch out."

    The races for MVP and Rookie of the Year are varied, but there is some consensus and some darkhorse picks.

    With so many storylines to watch, Hannah Withiam, the managing editor of Just Women's Sports, pointed to the New York Liberty as a team that could be on the rise.

    "Will the New York Liberty shock us all? It’s hard to factor the Liberty into the playoff conversation when they haven’t been there in three years and still have to jell with multiple new players under a second-year head coach, but based on the small sample we have of Sabrina Ionescu in the WNBA, she could easily expedite the turnaround."

    Yahoo Sports writer Cassandra Negley is watching how the league builds off its "wubble" season and toward the future.

    "I’m most excited to see these teams head back to their home markets with fans in attendance. The 2019 offseason was the first truly splashy free agency period in WNBA history because of the collective bargaining agreement. We also saw teams switch to new arenas, particularly the New York Liberty to Barclays where Sabrina Ionescu would have made her pro debut. The 'wubble' season changed all that, but out of it we had more major movement, heightened excitement over the W and all of women’s sports, and even the most casual of fans itching to be back at an arena. It will be fun to see how Chicago embraces Candace Parker’s homecoming. How the Storm celebrate Stewie and Bird. Watch Ionescu take her spot as basketball queen of New York. And the always hearty X Factor in Phoenix with Skylar Diggins-Smith in town."

    Here are their predictions. (For a text-only list, scroll past the graphics.)


    2021 WNBA season predictions
    MVP


    Cassandra Negley: Breanna Stewart

    Chris Haynes: Candace Parker

    Melissa Caskey: Liz Cambage

    Marcus Vanderberg: Breanna Stewart

    Johanna Huybers: Breanna Stewart

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Breanna Stewart


    Rookie of the Year

    Cassandra Negley:
    Aari McDonald

    Chris Haynes:
    Jasmine Walker

    Melissa Caskey: Aari McDonald

    Marcus Vanderberg: Charli Collier

    Johanna Huybers: DiJonai Carrington

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Charli Collier


    Defensive Player of the Year

    Cassandra Negley:
    Jonquel Jones

    Chris Haynes: Candace Parker

    Melissa Caskey: Brittney Griner

    Marcus Vanderberg: Brittney Griner

    Johanna Huybers: Candace Parker

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Natasha Howard


    Sixth Woman of the Year

    Cassandra Negley:
    Dearica Hamby

    Chris Haynes: Dearica Hamby

    Melissa Caskey:
    Dearica Hamby

    Marcus Vanderberg: Dearica Hamby

    Johanna Huybers: Dearica Hamby

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Dearica Hamby


    Most Improved Player


    Cassandra Negley: Katie Lou Samuelson

    Chris Haynes: Te’a Cooper

    Melissa Caskey: Te’a Cooper

    Marcus Vanderberg: Diamond DeShields

    Johanna Huybers: Diamond DeShields

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Diamond DeShields


    Coach of the Year

    Cassandra Negley: James Wade

    Chris Haynes: Cheryl Reeve

    Melissa Caskey: James Wade

    Marcus Vanderberg: Bill Laimbeer

    Johanna Huybers: James Wade

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Mike Thibault


    Playoff teams (seeded 1-8)

    Cassandra Negley:
    1. Las Vegas Aces, 2. Seattle Storm, 3. Chicago Sky, 4. Phoenix Mercury, 5. Minnesota Lynx, 6. Connecticut Sun, 7. Washington Mystics, 8. Dallas Wings

    Chris Haynes: 1. Las Vegas Aces, 2. Seattle Storm, 3. Minnesota Lynx, 4. Chicago Sky, 5. Phoenix Mercury, 6. Los Angeles Sparks, 7. Connecticut Sun, 8. Atlanta Dream

    Melissa Caskey: 1. Seattle Storm, 2. Las Vegas Aces, 3. Chicago Sky, 4. Washington Mystics, 5. Los Angeles Sparks, 6. Phoenix Mercury, 7. Minnesota Lynx, 8. New York Liberty

    Marcus Vanderberg: 1. Las Vegas Aces, 2. Seattle Storm, 3. Phoenix Mercury, 4. Chicago Sky, 5. Minnesota Lynx, 6. Washington Mystics, 7. Los Angeles Sparks, 8. Dallas Wings

    Johanna Huybers: 1. Las Vegas Aces, 2. Seattle Storm, 3. Chicago Sky, 4. Minnesota Lynx, 5. Phoenix Mercury, 6. Connecticut Sun, 7. Washington Mystics, 8. Los Angeles Sparks

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports:
    1. Las Vegas Aces, 2. Seattle Storm, 3. Minnesota Lynx, 4. Connecticut Sun, 5. Chicago Sky, 6. Phoenix Mercury, 7. Washington Mystics, 8. Los Angeles Sparks

    WNBA Finals matchup
    Cassandra Negley: Aces vs. Mercury

    Chris Haynes: Aces vs. Sky

    Melissa Caskey: Aces vs. Storm

    Marcus Vanderberg: Aces vs. Storm

    Johanna Huybers: Aces vs. Storm

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Aces vs. Storm

    WNBA Champion
    Cassandra Negley: Aces

    Chris Haynes: Aces

    Melissa Caskey: Aces

    Marcus Vanderberg: Aces

    Johanna Huybers: Aces

    Hannah Withiam, Just Women's Sports: Aces

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