WNBA Power Rankings 6/10

The Aces top the WNBA Power Rankings on 6/10
(Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_Verduzco

The WNBA Season is about one third finished, so it is time for our WNBA Power Rankings here at Fantom Sports! These rankings will be based on the last three weeks of games, with a starting point of our first power rankings which came out May 20th. You can see those rankings here.

With that, let’s get to this round of our WNBA Power Rankings!

1. Las Vegas Aces (10-2) +0

Still the top team in the league, and in our WNBA Power Rankings. The Aces have duplicated their record since the last time we checked in. They are second in the league in net rating, first in offensive rating and score the most points-per-game. With two top-three scorers and three in the top 11 they have the talent to match up with anyone.

2. Connecticut Sun (10-3) +2

The Sun have built on the strong early season numbers they posted in just three games as of 5/20. Since then they are 8-2 and are second in offensive rating and third in defensive rating leading to the top net rating in the league. They force the second most turnovers and have the best point-differential. At the end of the day they are neck and neck with the Aces for the top team in the league.

3. Washington Mystics (8-5) -1

The Mystics have dropped some since we last checked in. They are just 4-4 since 5/20 but have played good competition including the Chicago Sky three times. Despite this they are still top-five in all net rating categories including third in overall net rating. With their next four games against teams with losing records, they should be able to help themselves in the standings.

4. Chicago Sky (7-4) +1

The Sky move up one spot from our last rankings thanks to a 5-2 record since then. They are fourth in overall net rating. They are 3-1 against the Mystics and Atlanta Dream in their last seven, so their ability to play stiff competition is strong. Their game Friday evening against the Sun will be a nice measuring stick for them at this point in the season.

5. Atlanta Dream (7-5) -2

Last time around we had the Dream ranked 3rd but with the caveat that they had a tough road ahead. They survived fairly well going 3-4 in their last seven. They have morphed into a superior defensive team leading the league in defensive rating. Which is good considering they are last in offensive rating and 11th in points-per-game. Rookie Rhyne Howard has cooled off a bit since her hot start, but if this team can get their offense going again they are still a top team.

6. Seattle Storm (6-5) +3

The Storm have really come alive since getting their whole team together again. They’ve gone 4-2 since the 5/20 rankings and are currently fifth in net rating. This stems from being second in defensive rating and leading the league in opponent turnovers per game. Forward Breanna Stewart is currently leading the league in points-per-game with 20.2, and Guard Jewell Loyd is seventh with 18.4.

7. Dallas Wings (6-5) -1

Dallas took a slight dip in the rankings since 5/20 but managed to go .500 in that span. Currently sitting at seventh in net rating, they are the only remaining team with a positive point differential. Despite some All-Star worthy play from multiple guards, Dallas remains square in the middle of the league.

8. Los Angeles Sparks (5-7) +0

The Sparks are certainly in a tough stretch. 2-1 in their last three but an embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Mercury was the last straw in Derek Fisher’s tenure with the team. Los Angeles will have some rotation questions to sort out, but as of now they are eighth in net rating. There is some light however as they are third in offensive rating. Perhaps the coaching change can lead to some roster clarity which the Sparks will need as the enter a tough part of the schedule.

9. New York Liberty (4-8) +3

We’ve gotten to the bottom group of the league, but the Liberty are doing everything they can to get out of it. 3-1 in their last four, they are being spurred on by Guard Sabrina Ionescu. Ionescu is averaging 26p, 5a, 4r to try and get this Liberty team back on track.

10. Phoenix Mercury (3-8) -3

The Mercury are certainly slipping going 1-5 since 5/20. However in their last three games they’ve come away with a win and two close losses. While there are no “moral victories” you can see they are at least getting back on track. They currently sit ninth, seventh and 10th in net rating, offensive rating and defensive rating.

11. Minnesota Lynx (3-9) +0

The Lynx are hanging on tight to not quite being the worst team in the league. 2-4 since we last discussed them on 5/20 they are just 10th in net rating. Their defense is the root of the issue. They are 11th in defensive rating and opponents points off of turnovers. They’re also tenth in second chance points given up and ninth in points in the paint allowed.

12. Indiana Fever (3-11) -2

And finally the Fever round out the rankings. Just 1-7 since 5/20. Since then they’ve also fired their head coach and promoted an interim one. But things get worse before they get better – or so they say. They are last in net rating, ninth in defensive rating, and tenth in offensive rating. Indiana’s next three opponents all have losing records. If they are going to turn this season around, it has to happen now.

There has certainly been some movement across the league. We’ve seen the Storm and Liberty hit their stride as of late, whereas the Mercury and Fever have hit a rough patch during this part of the season. However, I believe the top five teams in the league remains clear, even if their order has changed slightly.

Be on the lookout as we continue these WNBA Power Rankings!

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