Minnesota Lynx Season Preview

Illustrator: Katie Heywood

The WNBA season will not start for over two months, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to talk about a Lynx championship repeat. That’s right—I’m going on the record early. The Lynx will win their fifth WNBA Championship in 2018.

Now don’t take my hometown confidence as disrespect toward any of the other teams in the league. In fact, the WNBA is absolutely loaded with talented teams—including last year’s runner-up, the Los Angeles Sparks. Furthermore, the league’s talent pool might be as rich as it has ever been. Brittney Griner is a dominant physical force for the Phoenix Mercury, Tina Charles will look to make the New York Liberty contenders, and Candace Parker still leads the Sparks. That short list only scratches the surface of the WNBA’s player depth, and that’s what should concern Lynx fans the most. With that said, though, I’m still confident the Lynx will overcome any team in their path, and they will hoist another championship trophy very soon.

If my confidence alone doesn’t make for a convincing argument, allow me to explain exactly why the Lynx are virtually a lock to repeat this year. First of all, the league is chock-full of talented players, but unfortunately for opposing teams, most of those players reside in Minnesota. Reigning MVP Sylvia Fowles will be returning this year along with the 2014 MVP Maya Moore. For you NBA fans out there, that’s like Kevin Durant teaming up with Stephen Curry; it’s just unfair to the rest of the league. Fowles was absolutely dominant in 2017. She was top five in the league in points, rebounds and blocks per game. I should also mention that she led the league in field goal percentage. Yes, she was historically good last year. While Fowles may play the part of Batman, the team is full of top-notch Robins. Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus, and the aforementioned Maya Moore each made the All-Star team along with Fowles. Lindsay Whalen is another Lynx mainstay who will be returning after leading the team in assists last year. To put it simply, Minnesota’s roster features five women who have legitimate arguments for being among the top 15 players in the league. You have a four-time champion who is flush with talent, and you gave them yet another year to build team chemistry. Look out WNBA—Minnesota is hungry for another title. It’s championship-or-bust this year, and my bet says that the Lynx are simply too good to bust.