In our free company preview we requested, how much better can the Las Vegas Aces get?
We’ve our reply now—and it’s a scary one for the league. The perfect have gotten higher. If they will handle minutes, personalities and enjoying time, they might have assembled the most effective WNBA staff of all time.
The primary order of enterprise was deciding which of their free brokers to carry again. The Aces re-signed Kiah Stokes, Sydney Colson and Candace Parker.
Parker is the most important participant the Aces might’ve introduced again. She began the primary 18 video games of the 2023 season, averaging 9.0 factors, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals. Sadly, a foot harm brought on her to overlook the remainder of the season, however now she’s again and can present much-needed reinforcement for the Aces in frontcourt.
Stokes will likely be becoming a member of Parker within the frontcourt in 2024. Final season, she averaged 4.0 factors, 5.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists. These numbers could not soar out, however she was integral within the Aces’ playoff run, beginning each sport within the postseason earlier than an harm sidelined her for Sport 4 of the WNBA Finals. Colson is taken into account one the faces of the league and, whereas her influence on the ground could also be minimal, her influence on the staff is essential to successful basketball. By bringing again this trio, the Aces maintained cohesion and camaraderie, protecting intact the core that made this staff particular.
“We’re excited to have the face of the league, Sydney Colson, again in our Aces camp. There’s solely gentle and laughter when she is round. Sydney practices and competes with depth every single day, she is a real professional. We look ahead to having her management and enjoyable again in camp.” —…
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) February 1, 2024
However wait, there’s extra!
The Aces additionally introduced in extra reinforcements, signing Megan Gustafson to a regular contract and Morgan Jones, Kamaria McDaniel and Bria Hartley to coaching camp offers. From this quartet, Gustafson is the most important acquisition. She averaged 7.9 factors and three.9 rebounds in quarter-hour per sport for the Mercury in 2023. These numbers had been profession highs for Gustafson, who might contribute significant minutes as a flexible, off-the-bench huge.
the remainder of the roster. They’ve the Level Gawd, Chelsea Grey. The 2-time MVP (and author) A’ja Wilson. The bucket-getter Jackie Younger. And the Plum Dawg. No staff is as stacked as this one, and so they would be the title favorites once more in 2024.
However can they get it performed? Can they take care of potential accidents, deal with the WNBA summer time grind and nonetheless have that starvation for extra, all whereas groups just like the Liberty, Storm and Solar are ready to take them down?
If they will, they’ll formally be a dynasty—by any and all definitions.