Week of July 1, 2019
This week’s power rankings include some changes in the bottom half of the league after Dallas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles all picked up wins against some of the best teams in the league. The Sparks looked the most impressive of those three teams, picking up convincing wins over Las Vegas and Chicago.
Dallas is also riding high after wins over Minnesota and Connecticut and is hoping to keep its momentum going, with just two of its next nine games against teams that currently have a winning record.
Here are this week’s rankings (movements from last week’s rankings are noted in parentheses):
1. Washington Mystics (↑1)
Record: 9–3, Offensive Rating: 112.4, Defensive Rating: 94.7, Net Rating: 17.7
In last week’s power rankings, Her Hoop Stats’ Megan Gauer said that if Washington could pull off the win over Connecticut, they could move into the top spot. Well, in one of the more shocking results of this season, Washington showed out with a dominant win over the Sun. Showing off their league-leading offense by dropping 102 points, while also holding Connecticut to just 59 points, was definitely enough to propel the Mystics into the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings.
2. Connecticut Sun (↓1)
Record: 9–4, Offensive Rating: 100.1, Defensive Rating: 98.5, Net Rating: 1.6
It was a tough week for the Sun, who have now lost three consecutive games for the first time since July 5–11 of last year. What is important to remember is that Connecticut remains in the top five for offensive and defensive efficiency despite its shaky performance against Washington. The Sun will have a much easier schedule going forward, not facing a team that currently sits above .500 until a game on August 11 against the Las Vegas Aces.
3. Las Vegas Aces
Record: 7–5, Offensive Rating: 98.6, Defensive Rating: 93.6, Net Rating: 5.0
The Aces currently hold the league’s second-best net rating, 5.0, thanks to their stellar defense. That defense was put to the test against Seattle, which is currently second in the WNBA in defensive rating, in a 60–56 home win for the Aces. Las Vegas appears to be in the best position to challenge Washington for the top spot, with home games against the Sky and Mystics coming up next week.
4. Seattle Storm (↑1)
Record: 8–6, Offensive Rating: 96.8, Defensive Rating: 94.5, Net Rating: 2.3
5. Chicago Sky (↓1)
Record: 6–6, Offensive Rating: 98.4, Defensive Rating: 101.3, Net Rating: -2.9
6. Minnesota Lynx
Record: 6–6, Offensive Rating: 99.9, Defensive Rating: 97.9, Net Rating: 2.0
7. Los Angeles Sparks (↑1)
Record: 6–6, Offensive Rating: 97.0, Defensive Rating: 99.2, Net Rating: -2.2
8. New York Liberty (↑2)
Record: 5–7, Offensive Rating: 98.1, Defensive Rating: 102.6, Net Rating: -4.5
9. Phoenix Mercury
Record: 5–5, Offensive Rating: 99.3, Defensive Rating: 100.3, Net Rating: -1.0
10. Dallas Wings (↑1)
Record: 4–7, Offensive Rating: 95.4, Defensive Rating: 100.3, Net Rating: -4.9
11. Indiana Fever (↓4)
Record: 5–9, Offensive Rating: 102.6, Defensive Rating: 105.3, Net Rating: -2.7
12. Atlanta Dream
Record: 2–8, Offensive Rating: 90.8, Defensive Rating: 104.3, Net Rating: -13.5