Chart: Five WNBA story lines

  • Updated: May 15, 2014 - 10:20 PM

FIVE WNBA STORY LINES

A dynasty

Only two teams have won at least two WNBA titles in succession. Houston won the first four from 1997-2000, and Los Angeles won in 2001 and 2002. The Lynx can be the third.

wild West

Again, this is the deepest conference. L.A. has bolstered its bench with Candice Wiggins and has Candace Parker, the reigning MVP. Phoenix has a complete starting five now that Penny Taylor is healthy. It will be tougher than ever to win the West.

Healthy again?

Several key veteran players are back after injury-plagued seasons. Among them are Seattle’s Sue Bird and San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm.

three to see (redux)

Last year’s top three draftees — Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago) and Skylar Diggins (Tulsa) — should take another step this year.

Angel’s time?

Led by scoring machine Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta has been in three of the past four WNBA Finals but has yet to win a game in any. . But with a new coach (Michael Cooper) and an enhanced supporting cast, will McCoughtry finally get to sip the champagne?



 

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  • Bird Storm’s Crystal Langhorne, left, and Sue Bird flex their muscles during a photo session at the team’s annual media day Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Seattle. The team opens against the Los Angeles Sparks May 16 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Griner Brittney Griner (42) celebrates a basket against Iowa State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Waco, Texas. Griner scored a career-high 41-points and top-ranked Baylor completed its first undefeated regular season with a 7-53 win over Iowa State on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • McCoughtry McCoughtry #35 of the Atlanta Dream complained about being called for a foul during third quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Target Center in Minneapolis, Min., Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Lynx won 88-63. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com

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