The picture of the 2022 WNBA Season is starting to focus. Now about two-thirds into the season it’s time for our next WNBA Power Rankings! The movement in these rankings is based on the games since our last ranking (which you can see here) which will be our starting point. With that said let’s get to our WNBA Power Rankings as we head into July!
1. Chicago Sky (14-5) +3
There’s a new leader in town and it’s the Chicago Sky. They top today’s WNBA Power Rankings by going 7-1 since 6/10. In those seven wins two came against the Connecticut Sun and one against the mighty Las Vegas Aces. Chicago now joins Las Vegas at the top of the standings. The Sky are first in offensive rating and net rating in this span of games.
2. Las Vegas Aces (14-5) -1
The Aces had a good run in our WNBA Power Rankings, but all good things must come to an end. Since 6/10 they are just 4-3 but still find themselves tied for first in the standings. During that time they are still in the top five in both offensive and defensive ratings. Their three losses all came from top competition (Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics and the Sky). The Aces have two games against the Minnesota Lynx coming up which should get them back on track.
3. Seattle Storm (12-7) +3
Seattle is really hitting their stride at this point in the season. They have jumped from ninth, to sixth and now third in the power rankings. Since 6/10 they are 6-2 and are sixth in offensive rating, fourth in defensive rating and fifth in net rating. Their most recent win came against the Aces. And now with Tina Charles in the mix they hope to continue to climb the ladder.
4. Connecticut Sun (13-7) -2
The Connecticut Sun are slipping just a bit. They are just 3-4 since 6/10 and have lost three of their last four. They’ve stayed consistent on the defensive end (third in defensive rating in their last seven) but are just eighth in offensive and net ratings.
5. Washington Mystics (13-9) -2
The Washington Mystics have gone 5-4 since 6/10 and are now fifth in the standings. The final team in the league with a winning record, they are trying to stay in the upper echelon of teams. During these past nine games they are leading the league in defensive rating, but are just ninth in offensive rating. They’re hoping their offense will get turned around in order to maintain their standing in the league.
6. New York Liberty (8-11) +3
They Liberty are 4-3 since 6/10 but it’s more about how they are playing than the results. In the month of May they were by far the worst offensive team in the league. In these last seven games they’ve been fifth in offensive rating. And for the month of June as a whole? Third. Add that to their fourth ranked defensive rating and they are knocking at the door of the top teams in the league.
7. Phoenix Mercury (9-12) +3
The Phoenix Mercury are certainly having an interesting season from a story perspective, but on the court at least they’re in the middle of a positive stretch. They are 6-4 since 6/10 and are eighth in the standings. In those last 10 games they are second in the league in offensive rating and fifth in net rating. The Mercury have won three straight since Tina Charles left for Seattle. Perhaps the move was the spark they needed for the remainder of the season.
8. Dallas Wings (9-11) -1
The Wings are 3-6 since 6/10 and the wins haven’t been particularly impressive (LA Sparks, Indiana Fever, Mercury). But in the last nine games they are still seventh in offensive rating. Dallas has been basically the same team all season, starting at sixth in our WNBA Power Rankings and moving down one spot each installment as other teams improve. It feels they are destined to be a middle of the road team again this season.
9. Atlanta Dream (9-11) -4
The Atlanta Dream are our biggest fallers in third WNBA Power Rankings. Just 2-6 since 6/10 they are falling in the standings. To make matters worse their defense, which was their calling card in the beginning of the season, is 11th in defensive rating in the last eight games. If this team can’t maintain an elite defense, then they won’t be able to get back in the mix of things this season.
10. Los Angeles Sparks (7-11) -2
The Los Angeles Sparks are 2-4 since 6/10. In the last six games they are last in offensive rating and 11th in net rating. What “saved” them some here is their two wins in this stretch were impressive ones against the Mystics and the Storm.
11. Minnesota Lynx (6-14) +0
For the third WNBA Power Rankings in a row the Minnesota Lynx are ranked 11th. 3-5 since 6/10 has them at 6-14 on the season which is good for 11th in the league. Their stats are difficult to parse because of their big win against Dallas on 6/28 where they got hot from three while Dallas went cold from…everywhere. Minnesota did enough to keep themselves out of 12th, but the two wins the Sparks had were more impressive than the blowout win for the Lynx.
12. Indiana Fever (5-16) +0
And for the second WNBA Power Rankings in a row, the Indiana Fever come in 12th. 2-5 since 6/10, with two 20+ point blowout losses in their last three games. Indiana is last in the standings at just 5-16. In their last seven games they have by far the worst defensive and net ratings.
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