Breanna Stewart Leads Seattle Storm Into The Playoffs

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Hold onto your horses, because it looks like the window has opened for the Seattle Storm. The WNBA playoffs begin next week on the 21st, and as seedings work themselves out through the weekend, the Storm are poised to cap off their stellar preseason.

It’s near impossible to predict who’s taking home the crown this year, but I’ll take a stab at it. First, the Storm have near-dominated the WNBA this year:

Scoring Differential for Each WNBA Team 8/15/2018
Atlanta Dream 2.3 Seattle Storm 7.3
Washington Mystics 3.5 Los Angeles Sparks 2.2
Connecticut Sun 5.7 Phoenix Mercury 2.1
Chicago Sky -6.9 Minnesota Lynx 1.1
New York Liberty -7 Las Vegas Aces -2.1
Indiana Fever -9.8 Dallas Wings 1.7

*per basketball-reference.com

There isn’t a team in the league that the Storm fears, and of the expected playoff teams, only the Atlanta Dream poses problems. Here’s the combined efforts of the Storm against all other playoff teams (as of today):

Off Rtg Def Rtg Net Rtg REB% EFG% TS% BLK% TOV% %PTS 2PT %PTS 3PT
109.13 99.88 9.25 51.82 53.63 57.75 7.62 17.03 52.83 30.85

*per wnba.com

Secondly, the Storm have Stewart. This sounds a little crazy, but Stewart’s per game averages this year are arguable better than her per minute averages last year. She’s also playing about a minute less per game this year compared to 2017.

  FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
Per 36 2017 7.4 15.5 1.6 4.4 5.4 6.9 9.5 3 1.3 1.8 2.7 21.7
Per game 2018 8.1 15.4 1.7 4.3 4.3 5.1 8.4 2.5 1.4 1.4 1.8 22

*per basketball-reference.com

That’s probably all I need to feel that the Storm are taking it all this year. At the beginning of the season, I couldn’t have imagined that Sue Bird would also decide to have a renaissance performance, but the Storm’s offense has really been able to gain traction throughout the second half of the season. Alongside Jewell Lloyd and Natasha Howard, the Storm are close to unbeatable.

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Sebastian Pycior

Sebastian is an industrial professional, having graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science in 2013. He remains largely interested in the effects sports have on greater society. From Las Vegas, he’s moved on from the world of 'odds' and has embraced storylines and aspects surrounding Seattle sports.

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