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WNBA Midseason All-Rookie Teams: Who Are The Top Rookies After Nneka Ogwumike?

While there probably isn't much reason to explain why Nneka Ogwumike deserves the ROY as the WNBA prepares to resume play during the Olympic break, the discussion about candidates for the All-Rookie Team is a bit more interesting.


Best Draft Picks Ever in the WNBA

Over at Grantland, Bill Barnwell proposed a system for measuring an NFL player's performance as a draft pick. It's a very simple system that can easily be adapted for the WNBA.

2011 WNBA Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus: Who Were The Top Offensive & Defensive Performers?

Today, I continue looking at RAPM, but narrow the scope to a one-year perspective to get a sense of how RAPM matches conventional wisdom about the top performers of the 2011 WNBA season.

Plus-Minus: A Primer & The Value Of Four-Year WNBA Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (RAPM)

There are two forms of plus/minus currently publicly available to WNBA fans: the type that shows up in the boxscore and "net plus/minus" often used for to evaluate player seasons. Here we introduce a third: Regularized Adjusted Plus/Minus (RAPM).

NBA TV will air it's 30-minute "WNBA Roundtable: Generations" special on Thursday, September 15 at...

NBA TV will air it's 30-minute "WNBA Roundtable: Generations" special on Thursday, September 15 at 6 p.m. EDT to kick off their WNBA playoff coverage. During the special, each player will share their draft day memories and discuss their basketball idols, as well as the state of the league, while also recognizing each other’s accomplishments. As the WNBA Playoffs are set to get underway, the players will also talk about winning titles and responding to postseason pressure. It sounds like this is a great idea in part as a living history project, in a similar spirit to Queenie's recent article about "lost generations".

2011 WNBA Free Agency Playing Styles: Who's Signed And Who's Left?

So with a rather coveted free agent signed, who else is left and who might be particularly valuable to a team?

Quick Analysis: Lynx sign Taj McWilliams-Franklin

I have no capacity to remain objective about the Minnesota Lynx and this move isn't really helping that effort. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve describes McWilliams-Franklin as one of the most versatile post players ever. However, her most significant contribution to the Lynx based on last year's numbers is that she is an efficient low post scorer, which is something they sorely lacked. Her true shooting percentage was about 9% higher than either Nicky Anosike or Rebekkah Brunson at a very similar usage rate. In addition, she was a much more efficient passer than either last season, committing turnovers less often and creating assists more often. And she can hit threes too. The reason all of this is so important is that despite all of the Lynx's firepower on the perimeter - which I emphasize only played together for three games and Monica Wright got much better as the season progressed - shooting efficiency was one of their most significant weaknesses relative to their opponents. Having a post player that can both score and pass efficiently makes them all the more efficient. But now with two high draft picks that could presumably result in another post player, it's reasonable to believe another move might be following this one to re-balance the roster.

Coming Into Focus, Liberty Capture Victory Before Hitting the Road

Coming Into Focus, the New York Liberty Capture Victory

Paint By Numbers: Are the Liberty a jump shooting team or just settling for jumpers?

Last night, when the New York Liberty hosted the Atlanta Dream, the points in the paint statistic showed a glaring discrepancy between the two teams. Nevertheless, despite scoring one third as many points in the paint, the last-place-in-the-East Liberty still pulled out a convincing win over the top-ranked Dream, defeating them 91-79.

NY Liberty and Basketball for All

The World’s Most Famous Arena. Madison Square Garden, home of New York’s storied, if not always successful sports teams. One of those teams, the New York Liberty, opened its 14th season today versus the Chicago Sky in the great arena, and I was on hand as a women’s basketball novice to take it all in.

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