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Ranking the 12 WNBA teams after free agency

Hint: the reigning champs are uh, still good!

Ranking the 12 WNBA teams after free agency

A few months into looking at women’s sports odds I shouldn’t be surprised, but guess what… a lot of sportsbooks haven’t updated their WNBA championship odds following free agency. That’s disappointingly negligent, but now you have the advantage!

Here’s my ranking of all 12 teams heading into the 2022 season with links to the best odds that are available.

1. Chicago Sky

 (+450 → bet $100 to win $450)

  • Re-signed Finals MVP Kahleah CopperCourtney VanderslootAllie Quigley
  • Signed former Finals MVP in Emma Meesseman (!!!), Crystal Bradford
  • Traded for backup guard Julie Allemand
  • Lost contributors Stefanie DolsonDiamond DeShields 

Bottom line: The reigning champs got even better

2. Connecticut Sun

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  • Re-signed MVP Jonquel Jones (!!!)
  • Signed All-Star guard Courtney Williams (!!!)
  • Lost defensive star Briann January 

Bottom line: Last year’s best regular-season team made a key adjustment

3. Seattle Storm

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  • Re-signed Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Jewell LoydMercedes Russell
  • Signed Briann January
  • Traded Katie Lou Samuelson for Gabby Williams

Bottom line: The big three is back for one last ride with some help

4. Phoenix Mercury

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  • Re-signed Kia NurseSophie Cunningham
  • Signed former MVP Tina Charles (!!!)
  • Traded for Diamond DeShields
  • Lost Bria Hartley via trade

Bottom line: Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner & Skylar-Diggins Smith, too. This is a freakin’ Olympic team

5. Las Vegas Aces

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  • Re-signed Riquna Williams, Kiah Stokes
  • Lost All-Star Liz Cambage via free agency

Bottom line: Losing Cambage stinks, but it might help with spacing the floor

6. Washington Mystics

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  • Re-signed Myisha Hines-Allen, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
  • Signed All-Star Elizabeth Williams, Tianna Hawkins
  • Lost All-Star Tina Charles, Finals MVP Emma Meesseman via free agency

Bottom line: This team still has enough championship talent to win if healthy – IF HEALTHY!

7. Minnesota Lynx

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  • Re-signed Layshia Clarendon
  • Signed All-Star Angel McCoughtry
  • All-Star Napheesa Collier will miss at least part of the season as she’s pregnant with her first child

Bottom line: McCoughtry’s a big-time add, but how long will Phee be out?

8. New York Liberty

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  • Re-signed Rebecca Allen
  • Signed Stefanie Dolson
  • Lost Jazmine Jones (waived), Leaonna Odom (waived)

Bottom line: Dolson helps, but the rest of the core must play better than last year together

9. Los Angeles Sparks

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  • Re-signed Te’a Cooper
  • Signed All-Star Liz Cambage, Jordin Canada
  • Traded for Chennedy Carter, Katie Lou Samuelson
  • Lost All-Star Erica Wheeler, Gabby Williams via trade

Bottom line: This team is a must-watch for Cambage-Carter-Ogwumikes purposes

10. Dallas Wings

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  • Re-signed All-Star Arike Ogunbowale

Bottom line: Keeping Arike was a must. Not enough else changed, though

11. Indiana Fever

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  • Re-signed Victoria Vivians
  • Signed Jazmine Jones, Emma Cannon
  • Traded for Bria Hartley
  • Lost Julie Allemand via trade, Kysre Gondrezick (waived)

Bottom line: Hartley’s a baller, but this team needs to find its direction

12. Atlanta Dream

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  • Re-signed Tiffany Hayes
  • Signed Nia Coffey
  • Traded for All-Star Erica Wheeler
  • Lost No. 3 pick Chennedy Carter via trade, Tianna Hawkins via free agency

Bottom line: There’s… a lot of work to be done

The Takeaway

Sportsbooks think little of the Mystics, but I don’t. Yes, they lost Charles and Meesseman, but if (key word here) Elena Delle Donne stays healthy, Washington has a scary team with Olympic gold medalist Ariel Atkins, and stars-in-their-role Myisha Hines-AllenNatasha CloudElizabeth Williams and Alysha Clark. +2000 is tempting!

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