As the reigning WNBA champions, the Chicago Sky sit atop most power rankings entering the 2022 season. However, it will not be an easy task to secure back-to-back titles due to the parity across the league this season.
There are quite a few teams that could make life difficult for the Sky during the 2022 campaign. Let’s take a look across the WNBA to identify their top competition.
Las Vegas Aces
After losing to the Phoenix Mercury in the 2021 semifinals, the Las Vegas Aces enter 2022 with a whole new look. Las Vegas hired former WNBA great Becky Hammon as their new head coach as Liz Cambage departed for Los Angeles.
The Aces continue to build around 2020 WNBA MVP A’Ja Wilson as the team still has Kelsey Plum and Dearica Hamby in the mix. If Hammon can create strong chemistry with Las Vegas’s already star-studded roster, there is no reason the Aces should not make a deep run at their first championship.
The Connecticut Sun, last year’s regular-season champion, are one of the most dangerous teams in the league. 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones leads the pack, which also includes DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas.
The Sun lost Briann January to Seattle but brought back the walking bucket that is Courtney Williams. They also acquired Nia Clouden with the No. 12 pick in the draft. Clouden adds to Connecticut’s already deep roster of shooters.
If everyone can stay healthy and can continue to play at the high level they’ve reached in the past, the Sun have all the tools to bring home their first title in franchise history.
With Sue Bird returning for what should be her final season, it’s only fitting for the Seattle Storm to have extra motivation to bring home their third title in five years.
The Storm had a successful offseason by keeping their stars in-house, re-signing Breanna Stewart, and tagging Jewell Loyd. Seattle also added Gabby Williams and Briann January, two players who can significantly impact both sides of the court.
Sky Are Still the Team to Beat
The Chicago Sky are still the reigning champions. Candace Parker is still leading the way for a team that brought back Kahleah Copper, Courtney Vandersloot, and Allie Quigley. Keeping its championship core intact was huge for Chicago.
The Sky did not possess a single pick in this year’s draft, but that did not stop them from having a successful offseason, which included signing Julie Allemand and former WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman. Chicago has a prime opportunity to carry confidence and momentum from its 2021 championship run to mitigate a possible championship hangover.
As teams across the league continue to work on their final roster cuts, we look to Friday, May 6 for the WNBA regular-season tip-off. The Chicago Sky will host the Los Angeles Sparks to open the 2022 campaign.
Get your popcorn ready for the Candace Parker revenge game. Sky in 4.
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