While all WNBA players wish to play in the Finals, unfortunately, every year only two teams make the cut – but it doesn’t take away picking a team to win it all. Fellow players all voiced their mutual respect for Los Angeles and Minnesota, however, they too, had their pick for the 2017 WNBA championship.
First-time All-Star Tiffany Hayes is one who believes the Sparks will repeat as champs.
“I like LA to win in 5 because they just seem more focused in the postseason. Minnesota is a great team and they do have the MVP but LA seems more cohesive as a unit at the moment," stated Atlanta’s Hayes.
Los Angeles one, Minnesota zero.
The Lynx picked up a vote from Chicago’s savvy point guard, Courtney Vandersloot.
“My best guess is Minnesota will win. I think Sylvia is unstoppable right now, and I think last year has motivated them all season. They've been waiting all year for this rematch,” said Vandersloot.
Even with her prediction leaning heavily toward the Lynx, she knows the reigning champions are not ones to be overlooking, saying “But, I wouldn't sleep on L.A., ever.”
Overall, Vandersloot’s prediction shifted toward Minnesota, making the count even at one for each team to win it all.
Those who closely follow the WNBA know this is only the second time in league history where there has been a rematch for the tile. A historical moment like this already brings excitement to the game and a series not only fans are looking forward to -- but colleagues as well.
"I think it will be one of the best finals to date, a rematch that went to 5 games last year,” shared San Antonio’s, Kayla McBride. “LA is the champ, but Minnesota is playing for something - revenge - and that is dangerous.”
Just like Hayes, McBride predicts the series going all the way until Oct. 4 – the fifth game. “I think it will go to 5 games, but Big Syl and the rest of the crew won't let them lose again."
Minnesota two, Los Angeles one.
Another well-known star, Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut) has made it well known -- and rightfully so – the support she has for her older sister Nneka Ogwumike who plays for the Sparks. There is no doubt her prediction would be for the gold and purple, therefore making the count even once again: two predictions for Minnesota to win and two for Los Angeles.
Soon enough, the 2017 WNBA Champion will be crowned. There is no question both teams are stacked with talent and tough to decide based on each of their bodies of work, yet one will win and the other will be forced to wait until the next season at its chance for the trophy.
Players around the league have spoken their opinion and none hiding the fact there will be a great series played with high emotions.