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2013 Los Angeles Sparks Season StoryStream

The Los Angeles Sparks look to make a second straight conference Finals appearance and perhaps better in the 2013 season, led by Candace Parker along with some strong complementary players including Nneka Ogwumike, Kristi Toliver, Alana Beard, and newly acquired guard Lindsey Harding.

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Candace Parker named the best in the West for July

Candace Parker was honored on Thursday for being the player everybody thought she would be in 2013.

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Mystics lose in L.A., but Tayler Hill is unleashed

Because Albert is too excited to write about the performance of the Washington Mystics' rookies in a loss to L.A.

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LA Sparks 102, Seattle Storm 69

Oh boy....

The Sparks scored at least 25 points in each of the first three quarters of this game and shot 62% overall, and 75% from three (6-8 shots). The game was an even effort scoring wise with Kristi Toliver scoring 17 points. Lindsey Harding in her LA debut also had 8 assists with her 12 points. Rookie A'dia Mathies made two points in 11 minutes of action.

For the Storm, Tanisha Wright and Temeka Johnson had a combined 22 points and 10 assists but it wasn't enough. In terms of the rookie watch, Tianna Hawkins made her debut in green and gold where she scored 6 points and grabbed 3 boards in over 23 minutes.

With this game now in the record books, it kind of shows the talent disparity the Storm will have for much of this season but as we noted in our preview, it's not like missing the playoffs is a bad thing for them.

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2013 Sparks preview: Maximizing Ogwumike & Parker

A statistical preview of the Los Angeles Sparks based on the season preview framework described in our primer the other day. For those not interested in all these words, the tl;dr version is essentially the first section of 2012 review and the last section titled "key question". For more on the major moves during the Sparks' offseason, check out their offseason storystream.

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Video: Mathies on getting drafted by the Sparks

Video of A'Dia Mathies' press conference after being selected 10th overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks (via CommonWealthNetwork2).

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Round 3, Pick 10: Ukranian Alina Iagupova to LA

From the Ukraine, Alina Iagupova averaged 35.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists for Elizabeth-Basket during the 2012-13 season

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Round 2, Pick 10: L.A. selects Brittany Chambers

Wows: She had 310 3-point attempts this past season and made 37.7%, which is not bad. The Sparks have clearly identified 3-point shooting as a need today.

Wonders: She's yet another point guard who was an inefficient distributor, but part of that could've been that she was also a player who was relied upon for scoring quite a bit.

Worries: The worries are all about efficiency. Can she become a more efficient point guard in the WNBA or make it as a 3-point shooter at 5'8"?

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Round 1, Pick 10: L.A. Sparks select A'dia Mathies

Wows: Mathies is a really athletic player who shot over 40% from 3-point range this year while also improving her ball handling efficiency a bit.

Wonders: How well will she defend at the pro level? She has all the tools but sometimes picked up some bad fouls at Kentucky, which took her out of the game.

Worries: Mathies is definitely not a distributor and at 5'9" will have to finish better around the basket. Will that limit her productiveness in the WNBA?

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Delisha Milton-Jones signs with the Stars

Forward Delisha Milton-Jones, an unrestricted free agent has signed a contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars. Milton-Jones comes to San Antonio from the Los Angeles Sparks where she played from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008-2012. She played for the Washington Mystics from 2005-2007. For more on the signing, see the Silver Stars' release.

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How much will Jenna O'Hea help the L.A. Sparks?

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Sparks announced the signing of 5'10" guard Paola Ferrari of Paraguay and the re-signing of Australian guard Jenna O'Hea. Today, we look at what Jenna O'Hea might offer the team over the course of a full season. For more details on each player, visit the L.A. Sparks release at their website.

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Kristi Toliver re-signs with the LA Sparks

Today. the Los Angeles Sparks announced in a press release that they have re-signed guard Kristi Toliver to a multi year contract. Toliver was the team's leading scorer from the 2012 season and was one of the highest profile restricted free agents this offseason.

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How do you replace Lindsey Harding?

With Lindsey Harding going to the Los Angeles Sparks, is there any way for the Atlanta Dream to replace what she brought to the team?

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Lindsey Harding signs with the LA Sparks

Today, the Los Angeles Sparks announced that they have signed guard Lindsey Harding to a contract. Harding last played for the Atlanta Dream where she has developed into one of the strongest point guards in the WNBA over the last two seasons. Harding was also one of this season's most notable unrestricted free agents.

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How will the Sparks build on 2012's success?

The Los Angeles Sparks had a 24-10 season in 2012, which was a nine win improvement over their 2011 campaign. The team made some major moves including hiring Carol Ross as head coach, signing guard Alana Beard in free agency last year, and drafting Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford University as the number one overall pick in the 2012 Draft. All of these moves culminated into a Western Conference Finals appearance. How can the Sparks continue to improve for 2013?

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