The freshest franchise in the WNBA, the Las Vegas Aces remain one of the most formidable in the leagues 25th anniversary. The chips are down and the real women of Sin City are winning now.
They’ve just taken the Spark out of a loaded Los Angeles once again this week after splitting their weeks series with the reigning champion, Seattle Storm. All after Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart’s stacked squad swept Vegas like dice rolling across green felt in the Finals in Florida’s Wubble last year.
Will that happen again?
Don’t bet on it!
The Aces have more in the hole this year and a team of talent that has almost as many All-stars as they do Olympians packing their duffel bags for Tokyo for this summers season break.
Of course there’s the centerpiece. Big, ruling Aussie Liz Cambage. So dominant she’s playing with the opposition with a hand on her hip, flossing in the post. Just like when Karl Malone delivered that lounging like LL dunk with one hand behind his head like a lazy Sunday afternoon. Did you see her standing next to ‘Bron at STAPLES this weekend and dwarfing the King? She belongs in any arena in a league of her own.
If you thought that was too much to handle how about the next true superstar of this game with Candace heading home to Chicago and the GOAT likes of Taurasi and Bird saying hi to 40? Aj’a Wilson already has a statue outside her alma mater and you can expect gold, not bronze to join that as she reunites with her college coach Dawn Staley for this year’s Olympics.
Heading to Japan with her is off-season free agent pick-up, Chelsea Gray. They call her the ‘Point Gawd’ and against her former Sparks you can see why. Lighting the fuse she lit up her old franchise from downtown Pico in the Convention Centre. Even putting the Sparks own clutch plug Erica Wheeler on wheels with a classic crossover.
The first pick in the 2017 WNBA draft Kelsey Plum continues to show you why she was the cream of that classes crop. How about the latest numbers? All whilst we continue to ask yourself is this a big three? Four? Five even? New Jordan Brand athlete Dearica Hamby is just that good and when it comes down to the big moments of games you will always hear names like Kiah Stokes, Riquana Williams, Destiny Slocum and Jackie Young. Pick your poison, because LVA has plenty. Like big JiSu Park about to represent her native South Korea in the Olympics. Waving the flag and carrying the torch to her Far East neighbor.
If that wasn’t enough the Aces even have a bona-fide WNBA legend on deck with Angel McCoughtry. She may be injured, but when she comes back, there’s nothing anyone else in the association will be able to do. From the crutches to the clutch.
To think there is still some who doubt the skills of this league when this team has more talent themselves than most NBA franchises.
Bad Boy, Detroit Pistons legend and Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer has so much wonder with these women. Expect great things from a high rolling team that’s about to hit the jackpot out in the desert.
After Tokyo you can bank on Vegas acing the competition like Naomi Osaka.
You know the rest.