WNBA 2021: Can the Seattle Storm repeat as women’s basketball champions?

The WNBA 2021 season is upon us. The previous season was marred by the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the season to be played in Florida. The WNBA 2021 season will be a slight return to normal after last season’s shortened campaign. 

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What should you know about the WNBA 2021 season?

The WNBA season will feature 32 games with the season running from May 14 to September 19. The campaign will have a break from July 12 to August 11 due to the Olympic Games. The WNBA’s playoffs will begin in September.

Here are the key dates for the WNBA season:

May 14: WNBA Season Begins
July 11: Last Date for Games before Olympic Break
July 15-August 11: Olympic Break
August 15: Second Half Schedule Begins
August 21: Trade Deadline, 8:00 pm EST
September 19: Last Day of Regular Season
September 23: Playoffs Begin
October 19: Last Possible Finals Date

The 2021 season is the 25th in the WNBA’s history. Despite a lack of fan interest over the years, the women’s league has persevered, which is great for all of us basketball fans.

What is the Commissioner’s Cup?

You may remember the NBA considering an in-season cup tournament ala European soccer. Well, the WNBA will tip off its first-ever in-season cup tournament this season — one year after it was supposed to. Conspiracy theorists will believe that the WNBA is testing the waters of the in-season cup tournament before the NBA attempts it.

So, what is the Commissioner’s Cup? The cup is a competition within the overall competition. The tournament was launched as part of the league’s focus on innovation. A portion of regular-season games will count toward the cup standings. All 12 WNBA teams will play in 10 Commissioner’s Cup games each with 60 played in total.

Cup games will take place from May 14 to July 17, which is the beginning of the in-season break. The standings up to that point will decide which Eastern Conference team and Western Conference team will meet in the cup championship game on August 12 in Phoenix. That will take place after the Olympics, but before the rest of the WNBA’s regular-season schedule. It sounds like a bit of a mess and even some of the players have been confused about it.

WNBA teams will play for a $500,000 prize pool, which comes out to about $30,000 per player. There is an added $5,000 bonus for the championship game’s MVP. The cup runner-ups will still get $10,000 per player.

Which team will win the WNBA 2021?

The WNBA 2021 will once again feature 12 teams:

Eastern Conference

  • Atalanta Dream
  • Chicago Sky
  • Connecticut Sun
  • Indiana Fever
  • New York Liberty
  • Washington Mystics

Western Conference

  • Dallas Wings
  • Las Vegas Aces
  • LA Sparks
  • Minnesota Lynx
  • Phoenix Mercury
  • Seattle Storm

The Storm won the 2020 WNBA Championship and are favorites to claim a second straight title. The Minnesota Lynx have won four WNBA Championships, the most of any active team in the league. Seattle has won two titles all-time while the Dallas Wings LA Sparks have lifted the trophy three times each.

Odds to win the WNBA Championship

Odds courtesy of FanDuel

  • Seattle Storm +250
  • LV Aces +280
  • Washington Mystics +450
  • Chicago Sky +850
  • Minnesota Lynx +850
  • Phoenix Mercury +1000
  • Connecticut Sun +1000
  • LA Sparks +1400
  • NY Liberty +7500
  • Atalanta Dream +10000
  • Dallas Wings +10000
  • Indiana Fever +10000

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