Video gaming just got a whole lot better.
Electronic Arts announced the addition of WNBA rosters to NBA Live 18, which launches August 11. And as a result, almost broke the Internet with love from fans, players, media and basketball fanatics far and wide.
To commemorate history, tremendous gains for the exposure of women’s basketball, and a colossal milestone for gender equality all in one, why not lock in a top five for a hypothetical NBA Live 18 roster?
Only time will tell their official ratings. So until then, a (subjective) comparison to some of the most notable video games of all time will suffice.
Elena Delle Donne – Super Mario Cart
Delle Donne always seems to be in the driver's seat – and she appears to thrive in that role whether injured or healthy. She is racking up the coins and ammunition to dodge any banana peels that may cross her path. New team, no problem for the 2015 league MVP as she paves the way for Washington in year one.
Candace Parker – Minecraft
Coming off a thrilling WNBA championship in 2016, Parker is building a dynasty in Los Angeles. She’s a do-whatever-it-takes type of player, creating a name for herself since her inaugural season in 2008 where she was the first to be named the WNBA Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Parker will be the first to break down any roadblock that stands in her teams’ way.
Sylvia Fowles – Guitar Hero
She’s just an absolute rock star for the Lynx, end of story. The Western Conference Player of the Month for the first three months of the season speaks volumes – and that volume is cranked all the way up. Her blistering 20.9 points per game, 68.1% clip from the field and Minnesota’s 19-2 record is worthy of an encore chant.
Diana Taurasi – Tetris
They say Tetris is complicated, but you can’t get enough of it. That about sums up Taurasi perfectly. You know exactly what you’re going to get – that being arguably the fiercest competitive attitude in the league – yet there are a lot of twists and turns to her game that make her a tough and complicated one to guard.
Sue Bird – Pokémon
Bird has earned many badges in her 14 seasons as a professional basketball player. From two-time WNBA champion, nine-time WNBA All-Star, Five-time All-WNBA First selection and four-time Olympic gold medalist with USA Basketball and many more, she’s harder to catch than Pikachu.