The NBA's Atlanta Hawks are the Eastern Conference's best team, despite the lack of a superstar player. In light of their success, the Washington Mystics could take a page from Atlanta's playbook as they head toward the 2015 WNBA season.
Tankology and Team Building
Here's our section focused on the art of team building and the process on how championship contenders are made.
Could the Redskins' front office use Ted Leonsis' model for building a franchise team?
Ultimately, these signings don't hurt the Mystics' potential chances for being in the 2016 WNBA Draft Lottery, but they also are a sign that their younger players aren't ready to be on their own just yet.
The Mystics' GM and Head Coach talks in-depth about why he extended options to Tayler Hill and Emma Meesseman, as well as the group he intends to build around for the future.
The Mystics are a mediocre team with no superstar, the free agent class doesn't look enticing, and they have a late first round pick in a weak draft. That leaves only one other option to get better and that is by going younger than they were in 2014.
The Sparks as constructed don't exactly fit in with the type of basketball Agler ran in Seattle. We discuss how much change he may implement this summer.
In the WNBA, if a team gets worse by trading all of its best veterans for young prospects, it's tanking. But the bigger question should be whether the younger players on a rebuilding team are better fits than the veteran players who were traded away
If you want a successful example of this plan in the WNBA, look no further than the current Eastern Conference Champions.
Until a superstar player's in D.C., they will not contend for a championship. This offseason may very well shape Mike Thibault's legacy and how well this team does.
Her performance toward the end of 2013, the fact that many female athletes came back strong after having children, and the fact the Mystics are still rebuilding are reasons why they shouldn't just change everything because of her pregnancy.
After the disastrous Trudi Lacey era in Washington (11-57 record in two seasons), many fans believed that the best thing for the next Washington head coach/general manager to do was to "blow the whole thing up". But is that what really happened?