The Minnesota Lynx have always been part of the WNBA Finals conversation, and with a tested core, the team is heavily favored to win its 3rd championship in a span of 5 seasons.
2014 record: 25-9, second-seed in the Western Conference. Defeated the San Antonio Stars, 2-0 in the first round. Lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the conference finals, 1-2.
Additions: Reshanda Gray, Anna Cruz, Nika Baric, Asjha Jones, Jennifer O’Neill
Losses: Janel McCarville, Tan White, Asia Taylor, Lindsey Moore, Nadira McKenith
The Lynx once again enter the season heavily favored to win the title, and the entire camp is determined to win. Claiming the third crown in a span of five years puts the team to an even higher level as far as franchise legacy is concerned.
Hard to stop
Continuity plays a big role in how Minnesota achieves success. And with a core that includes Seimone Augustus, the face of the franchise since 2006, veteran playmaker Lindsay Whalen, a superstar in Maya Moore and a handful for reliable role players, the Lynx have made it to three of the last four WNBA Finals, going all the way in 2011 and 2013 to stamp its class as one of the forces in the league.
Moore, the reigning Most Valuable Player who put up a phenomenal display last year, is once again to be the focal point of the team’s offense. Moore put up 812 points in the 2014 regular season, which included 12 30-point games to win the scoring champion. She also led the league in win shares, player efficiency rating, and usage rate.
Sky is the limit for her performance and with a solid supporting cast that includes fellow veterans, the Lynx possess a backcourt that is very competitive and entertaining.
Stepping up in the frontcourt
Perhaps the only major concern for the Lynx this season is looking for frontcourt players — and who will step up with the absence of Janel McCarville, who started in all 34 games last season.
It looks like the role will be given to Damiris Dantas, having started in both of the Lynx’s preseason games. In 2014, she started in 23 games while Rebekkah Brunson was healing from injury.
The addition of 16th overall pick Reshanda Gray and Asjha Jones provides the squad with more options. Both forwards also shared good minutes in the two games Minnesota played, and that would only be a “good problem” for head coach Cheryl Reeve.
Reeve always believed, even during the thick of the Phoenix Mercury’s reign, that Minnesota is the team to beat. There is no doubt they can make the playoffs, and another championship banner is the ultimate goal in 2015.