So without any further or do, here we go. Each scenario is not dependent on one another. And while I get that every team’s best scenario is a 34-0 regular season with a 7-0 playoff run to win the ship, these scenarios are at least somewhat reasonable but the best scenarios are often a stretch:
Best Case Scenario: Angel McCoughtry matures from last year’s trials and tribulations, Fred Williams coaches the Dream to a 20 plus win season, which gives them at least a #2 seed in the playoffs, where the team ultimately makes a deep playoff run.
Worst Case Scenario: The Dream has a sub .500 season (12-16 wins) and fails to make the playoffs.
Best Case Scenario: Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince both are healthy all year, and Elena Delle Donne becomes the Rookie of the Year. Courtney Vandersloot improves considerably and becomes the floor general than fans hope she would be. The Sky wins the number 1 seed in the East and makes the Finals, and maybe even wins it all.
Worst Case Scenario: The Sky fails to make the playoffs yet again.
Best Case Scenario: Tina Charles repeats as MVP, Renee Montgomery improves her shooting efficiency from last year, Kara Lawson continues to play like she did in 2012, and Kelly Faris is also a rotation player. All this gives the Sun a #1 seed in the East, and to top it all off, the Sun goes to the Finals and wins it all as an underdog.
Worst Case Scenario: Kara Lawson’s numbers drop, the Sun either barely makes the playoffs and loses in the first round, or is the 5th place team in the East.
Best Case Scenario: The Fever repeats with Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, the Commendable Expendables plus Layshia Clarendon all play at a high level all season long.
Worst Case Scenario: Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas noticeably decline, Erlana Larkins does not play at a double double in scoring and rebounding, and the Commendable Expendables don’t play like they did in the 2012 playoffs. In terms of the standings, the Fever ends up with a one and done playoff appearance.
New York Liberty
Best Case Scenario: Cappie Pondexter plays at a very high level and is a serious MVP contender if not the MVP winner; Katie Smith, Cheryl Ford, Kara Braxton and Plenette Pierson rekindle some the magic from their Detroit days, and the Libs make the playoffs and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. In addition, Kelsey Bone and Toni Young make valuable backup contributions and show serious promise that they could be part of a contending Liberty core over the next five to eight years.
Worst Case Scenario: Pondexter does not play well at point guard which is where she’s projected to be with Laimbeer, the Detroit Shock imported players do not show the chemistry they had back in 2008, and the Liberty ends up last place in the Eastern Conference though that can’t be that bad since the team can use another higher draft pick in my opinion.
Best Case Scenario: Tayler Hill plays very well and becomes a serious contender for Rookie of the Year though I doubt she’ll win it only because the league will try to make any and every case for the Big Three. Natalie Novosel plays significant time and gets in the conversation for Most Improved Player. Other rookies like Nadirah McKenith and Emma Meesseman make the roster and also play good minutes. Crystal Langhorne, Monique Currie, and Matee Ajavon all improve their games and redeem themselves from the 2012 campaign. The Mystics end up missing the playoffs, but are 5th place in the East.
Mike Thibault gets serious consideration for WNBA Coach of the Year though he’d likely lose it to Corey Gaines or Pokey Chatman since their teams were in lottery last year and should make the postseason this year.
To top it all off, they get the #1 pick in the 2014 Draft and head to 2014 with more optimism than this season which is promising too.
Worst Case Scenario: Tayler Hill is a bench player and does not play many minutes, same with Novosel and the other rookies on the team. Though Langhorne, Currie, and Ajavon improve their play from the 2012 season, the Mystics will likely end up winning more than last year but still nowhere close to 17 wins given that the talent around them doesn’t play at a high level or because Coach Thibault now prefers veterans….
Sure, even if the Mystics get the 1st pick in the 2014 Draft, in this case, the 2013 season would have been a bad one beyond the record books given that in this scenario, the young players didn’t develop as well as the team and its top three returning players from 2012 would have hoped.
So, what are your Best and Worst Case Scenarios for each Eastern Conference team’s 2013 season? Comment below!