By Hong Lau
We are nearly a month into the 2023 WNBA season, and it continues to impress and be fun.
I haven’t been able to catch many games due to the nature of our business and doing our live stream with Theo Pinson covering the NBA Playoffs, but the ones I’ve seen have been a treat.
My favourite player of all time is Diana Taurasi; I’ve been a long-time fan since the mid-2000s and watched her win her first championship with the Phoenix Mercury. It has been a very, very, very TOUGH start to the year for us, but it’s been a treat to continue to watch Diana play all these years.
It’s also incredible to have Brittney Griner back in action.
And yes, I have my WNBA League Pass; make sure you also get yours if you don’t already have it.
The teams to watch this year are the Las Vegas Aces, 2022 season's defending champions, and the New York Liberty. They both have made massive additions to their rosters this year; with the Aces adding Candace Parker and the Liberty adding Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot and Jonquel Jones.
So far, both teams haven’t disappointed, holding two out of the three best records in the league currently. I think the New York Liberty still have another notch/tier to take it up as Jonquel is getting back into shape from her injury, and as they build chemistry as a team.
The Aces have looked, and continue to look, strong, as they have only one loss to start the season. Candace Parker is one of the most versatile players to ever play this game, so I didn’t foresee the team having difficulties integrating her.
But with Kelsey Plum, Chelsea Gray, Jackie Young and A’ja Wilson returning, this team was primed and set with a solid case to defend their title. Their only loss comes to a team I thought would be good, but not as good as they’ve been in the Connecticut Sun.
The Sun lost Courtney Williams to the Chicago Sky, traded Jonquel Jones to the Liberty, and Jasmine Thomas to the LA Sparks, so I expected this team to take some time to gel and come together. But this team has impressed and come out swinging to start the season. They also had a head coaching change, with Stephanie White taking over this season. It speaks to this franchise’s incredible job to continue performing in a time of transition and change.
Those are some quick notes for the start of the W season. I hope you all tune in and support these incredible hoopers!