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PostPosted: 05/15/18 9:39 am    ::: 2018 WNBA award predictions Reply Reply with quote

Here’s CBS Sports’ take on the season.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-wnba-award-predictions-maya-moore-for-mvp-lynx-sparks-primed-for-finals-rematch/

MVP: Maya Moore, Lynx
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It's never a bad idea to go with the best women's basketball player on the planet.


Finally somebody that sees that Fowles is not the best player on the team. That being said, I think Fowles will cut into Maya’s scoring enough to make winning MVP unnecessary and unlikely. My early call is Delle Donne. If she can stay healthy for most of the season, she’ll be an even bigger go-to player with Meesseman out. Griner is another good candidate looking to win her first MVP in already her sixth year in the league.

Rookie of the Year: A'ja Wilson, Aces
Quote:
Wilson should get plenty of opportunities to accumulate the stats that are usually necessary to take home this award.


I agree. Canadians might be up in arms because of what happened in the preseason, but what happens in preseason stays in preseason.

Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Mercury
Quote:
Griner is probably the most dominant interior defender the league has ever seen.


With her career 3.3 bpg average, she’s always in the running for this award.

Most Improved Player: Kelsey Plum, Aces
Quote:
Three of the past four Most Improved Player Award winners have been second-year players


Intriguing choice but will Laimbeer keep her in a position to win such a prestigious award? Probably not.

Sixth Woman of the Year: Cappie Pondexter
Quote:
She signed in Los Angeles this offseason, and figures to be their first guard off the bench.


This is a tough call. I’m hoping it’s one of Minnesota’s guards.

Coach of the Year: Brian Agler, Sparks
Quote:
This could be the year he's finally rewarded for the coaching clinic he's put on the past few years.


I’m just glad there will definitely won’t be a repeat of the mistake that was made last year. If you ask pilight, this award is like a most-improved team award, whether the coach deserves the credit or not. They also would prefer to give this award to a newer coach, so maybe Collen is in a good spot to win this award?

Final standings
Los Angeles Sparks
Minnesota Lynx
Phoenix Mercury
Connecticut Sun
Atlanta Dream
New York Liberty
Washington Mystics
Dallas Wings
Seattle Storm
Chicago Sky
Las Vegas Aces
Indiana Fever

Oh, I hope they are right (except for LAS being the #1 seed)! Teaira, come to me!

Finals prediction: Sparks over Lynx in 4
Quote:
Sparks -- bolstered by their superior depth -- will take down the Lynx


Geez, other than recognizing Maya as the best player in the world, this Jack Maloney seems to be a Sparks homer.

It’s actually not an unreasonable call given their quality depth and the compacted season, but I’m hoping for some cracks to form with all those personalities they have on that team (Circus West).



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 11:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here’s High Post Hoops (Megdal’s) take:
https://highposthoops.com/2018/05/15/wnba-awards-predictions-2018-aja-wilson-brittney-griner/

MVP: Brittney Griner, Mercury
Also considered: Candace Parker, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles

Rookie of the Year: A’ja Wilson, Aces

Sixth Woman of the Year: Brittney Sykes, Dream
Also considered: Renee Montgomery, Morgan Tuck, Kia Nurse

Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx
Also considered: Glory Johnson, Breanna Stewart, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles

Most Improved Player: Courtney Williams, Sun
Also considered: Sydney Wiese, Chelsea Gray, Kaela Davis, Stephanie Dolson, Liz Cambage, Tianna Hawkins

They considered Cambage even though she hasn’t played in the WNBA since 2013?

Coach of the Year: Fred Williams, Wings
Also considered: Bill Laimbeer, Mike Thibault, Brian Agler, Nicki Collen

Playoffs:
Connecticut Sun
Dallas Wings
Los Angeles Sparks
Minnesota Lynx
New York Liberty
Phoenix Mercury
Seattle Storm
Washington Mystics

Finals: Sparks vs. Lynx = Sparks



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 10:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Liz will clearly be the MIP. She will be coming off of 5 years of doing nothing to doing something. Huge improvement.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 10:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
Liz will clearly be the MIP. She will be coming off of 5 years of doing nothing to doing something. Huge improvement.


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 11:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Randy wrote:
Liz will clearly be the MIP. She will be coming off of 5 years of doing nothing to doing something. Huge improvement.


Laughing Laughing Laughing +1 1/2


Then maybe the WNBA should create a new award: Comeback Player of the Year. Goes to a person who returned to the league after at least one (or more) season's time away.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 11:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Gee- come to think of it, Angel should be in competition for MIP or comeback player as well.



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 12:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

MVP: Brittney Griner...2nd: Skylar Diggins.

Rookie of the Year: Diamond Deshields...2nd: A'Ja Wilson.

Sixth Woman of the Year: Natasha Howard...2nd: Aerial Powers.

Defensive Player of the Year:Brittney Griner..2nd: Sylvia Fowles.

Most Improved Player: Alysha Clark...2nd: Natasha Howard.

Coach of the Year: Bill Laimbeer...2nd: Fred Williams


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 12:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

2018 WNBA.com GM Survey: Best Players & Coaches

http://www.wnba.com/news/2018-gm-survey-best-players-coaches/

Who is the best guard in the WNBA?
1. Diana Taurasi = 67%

Who is the best forward in the WNBA?
1. Maya Moore = 42%

Who is the best center in the WNBA?
1. Sylvia Fowles = 58%

Who is the best overall coach in the WNBA?
1. Cheryl Reeve = 50%
2. Brian Agler = 25%
3. Mike Thibault = 17%
4. Curt Miller = 8%

Which player is the best at making her teammates better?
1. Sue Bird = 58%
2. Lindsay Whalen = 17%
T-3. Karima Christmas-Kelly, Diana Taurasi, Courtney Vandersloot = 8%

No mention of Maya in this last one is bogus.

Who will win the 2018 WNBA MVP?
1. Maya Moore = 33%

Who will win Rookie of the Year?
1. A’ja Wilson = 83%

Who will win the Defensive Player of the Year Award?
1. Brittney Griner = 33%

Which player is most likely to have a breakout season?
T-1. Kelsey Plum, Brittney Sykes = 25%

Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season?
1. Liz Cambage = 75%

Which sleeper rookie is most likely to be a success?
1. Monique Billings = 25%



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 12:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
2018 WNBA.com GM Survey: Best Players & Coaches

http://www.wnba.com/news/2018-gm-survey-best-players-coaches/

Which player is the best at making her teammates better?
1. Sue Bird = 58%
2. Lindsay Whalen = 17%
T-3. Karima Christmas-Kelly, Diana Taurasi, Courtney Vandersloot = 8%




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PostPosted: 05/16/18 1:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Taurasi best guard? Come on. It's Diggins and it's not very close.


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 2:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She was a number of years ago. I guess coaches and GM's put less thought into these things than basement dwellers. I'd say the same for Bird. If she is so good at making teammates better, why have the Storm been so bad the last couple seasons after winning the lottery two years in a row?



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 2:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
She was a number of years ago. I guess coaches and GM's put less thought into these things than basement dwellers. I'd say the same for Bird. If she is so good at making teammates better, why have the Storm been so bad the last couple seasons after winning the lottery two years in a row?


Career high in assists and the answer to your question is that our defense sucks and if there is anything that Bird doesnt make her teammates better in its defense Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/16/18 3:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
She was a number of years ago. I guess coaches and GM's put less thought into these things than basement dwellers. I'd say the same for Bird. If she is so good at making teammates better, why have the Storm been so bad the last couple seasons after winning the lottery two years in a row?


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 5:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Randy wrote:
Liz will clearly be the MIP. She will be coming off of 5 years of doing nothing to doing something. Huge improvement.


Laughing Laughing Laughing +1 1/2


At least thats better than MIP being short for the "Second Year Player Who Struggled As A Rookie" Award.


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 8:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

MVP Candidates

tier 1
Griner, Stewart, EDD

tier 2
Moore, Diggins, N. Ogwumike, Fowles

tier 3
Charles, McCoughtry, Cambage, Parker, J. Jones


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PostPosted: 05/18/18 1:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

My Bookie predictions

https://mybookie.ag/news/wnba/betting-predictions-2018-season/

MVP: Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)

Rookie of the Year: A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)

Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)

Final standings
1. Los Angeles Sparks
2. Minnesota Lynx
3. Phoenix Mercury
4. Connecticut Sun
5. Atlanta Dream
6. New York Liberty
7. Washington Mystics
8. Dallas Wings
9. Seattle Storm (YASSSSSSSS!)
10. Chicago Sky
11. Las Vegas Aces
12. Indiana Fever


Finals WNBA Prediction: Lynx Over Mercury in 4 (YASSSSSS!)



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PostPosted: 05/18/18 2:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Which player is the best at making her teammates better?
1. Sue Bird = 58%
2. Lindsay Whalen = 17%
T-3. Karima Christmas-Kelly, Diana Taurasi, Courtney Vandersloot = 8%


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