WNBA: Way-Too-Early Predictions for 2022 Season
There’s a lot of buzz circulating the WNBA this year, but who will be this season’s biggest winners?
The 2022 WNBA season is finally here, so it’s time to make some bold predictions for the campaign ahead. We’re looking specifically at who will clinch the Commissioner’s Cup title, MVP award, number one seed, and Finals title.
With the league expanding to a 36-game regular season schedule, endurance will be key for any team that finds success this year. But recent seasons suggest there are a few key teams to keep an eye on in 2022.
WNBA Commissioner’s Cup
Connecticut Sun over Las Vegas Aces. The Sun fell short during last season’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game. As the most promising Eastern Conference team, they could easily find themselves in the cup final again. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can ultimately defeat a dominant Western Conference team like Las Vegas.
Most Valuable Player
Jonquel Jones (Connecticut Sun). This could come across as a lazy prediction, given that Jones won the 2021 WNBA MVP award. But there’s no denying her all-around talent and importance to the Sun. In 2022, she has the potential to reach new heights with Connecticut and become the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards since Cynthia Cooper.
No. 1 Seed
Las Vegas Aces. Over the last three seasons, the Aces consistently secured top-four seeds in the playoffs. The recent appointment of head coach Becky Hammon might be the boost the team needs to conquer the regular season yet again and pose a larger threat in the playoffs.
Returning stars Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, and A’ja Wilson will be crucial under Hammon’s system.
Seattle Storm over Connecticut Sun. These same teams faced off in the 2021 Commissioner’s Cup title game, and the Sun are desperate for a championship. But Seattle’s core group of Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, and Breanna Stewart remain one of the WNBA’s most dominant trios.
Seattle most recently won the WNBA Finals in 2018 and 2020. Could they continue the every-other-year trend and secure the championship in 2022? It’s very likely—especially if they can avoid any significant injuries.