WNBA 2K15 Thread (Admin, Please Delete this One. Thanks!)

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    Jun 03, 2015 8:29 PM GMT
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    Just a couple more days until the WNBA season tips off!

    There has been plenty of off-season drama. Much of it is associated with veterans trying to sit out the WNBA season to rest up in order to satisfy their higher-moneyed international obligations (China, Europe, Australia), or rest their bodies after having recently satisfied some of those obligations.

    The big news items going into the season, which begins on June 5:

    • Phoenix, the defending champs, will be going in without franchise leader Diana Taurasi, or longtime swing player Penny Taylor, available for the entire season.

    • Phoenix and Tulsa will also have to deal with seven-game suspensions handed down by the league to newlyweds Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson-Griner, respectively. The lovebirds got into an embarrassing altercation at home prior to their wedding that landed both of them in jail.

    • Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, a former 2-time league MVP, advised her team she will be resting her body for an undetermined period of time, presumably at least a month. Minnesota starting center Janel McCarville decided she will not play for the entire season.

    • Seattle will continue to go forward without 3-time MVP Lauren Jackson, the Aussie who hasn’t played a full WNBA season since 2010.

    • Chicago, the defending Eastern Conference champions, remains at an impasse with center Sylvia Fowles. The 3-time All-Star has told her longtime coach she wants to play with another team, and Chicago intends to sit on her contract until a deal can be found.

    • Chicago and New York made the biggest blockbuster trade, swapping major scorers by sending two-time All-Star guard Epiphanny Prince to the Big Apple in exchange for six-time All-Star Cappie Pondexter.

    • Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Connecticut’s Chiney Ogwumike, is likely out of action for the year after undergoing microfracture knee surgery back in January.

    • A pair of early-entry college kids deepened the draft and allowed Seattle to come away with a couple blue-chip rookies. Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd went first-overall to Seattle. After Tulsa selected Swedish-born center Amanda Zahui B., Seattle took sharpshooting Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis from defending NCAA champion UConn.

    • New York is dealing with the PR-nightmare of NBA legend Isiah Thomas being tapped to co-own the team. Thomas was managing the New York Knicks when he and the NBA team were sued by a co-worker for sexual harassment. The Knicks had to settle out of court after the plaintiff initially won her case. Now the same owner has partnered with Thomas in owning and overseeing the women’s basketball team.

    • Seattle’s championship-winning coach Brian Agler jumped ship and is now running the show in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Indiana’s revered coach Lin Dunn retired and handed the reins to assistant Stephanie White. New York fired Bill Laimbeer after the 2014 season, but actually re-hired him a couple months later once a quick hunt failed to produce any desirable candidates that wanted the job.
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    Jun 03, 2015 8:30 PM GMT
    EASTERN CONFERENCE

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    1. Chicago Sky

    After breaking through to the Finals with a late surge in 2014, this was supposed to be a big season in the Windy City. And it may still be, so long as forward Elena Delle Donne stays healthy and continues asserting her dominance over the rest of the East. But coach Pokey Chatman will be looking for answers from her squad, especially defensively, now that Fowles has gone AWOL on the team. After spending much of her career as a primary offensive option, can Pondexter take a clear backseat to Delle Donne?


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    2. Atlanta Dream

    This team lacks fundamentals, and a monumental collapse in the 2014 playoffs revealed that despite finally winning the conference during the regular season. Coach Michael Cooper’s team returns mostly intact and older… but wiser? Shoni Schimmel will have to prove she can hang with the league’s best point guards, otherwise a rookie (Samantha Logic) could take her place by mid-season. Having come out of the closet, will oft-tumultuous star Angel McCoughtry play with her mind more at-ease in 2015?


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    3. Washington Mystics

    Coach Mike Thibault enters 2015 with a few veterans (Ivory Latta, Armintie Herrington, Kia Vaughn) being pushed hard by some young up-and-coming talent. The Mystics could make a hard charge up the standings in the East if any of Bria Hartley, Taylor Hill, or Stefanie Dolson take command and elevate their games. Herrington should help Washington pick up their tempo and improve their defense. Is Belgian forward Emma Meesseman already the best WNBA player nobody really knows?


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    4. New York Liberty

    Laimbeer had no problems coming back to the fore for New York, and he’ll hitch his wagon once again to Tina Charles, the East’s best center. Just focusing on hoops will help the team insulate itself from the front-office controversy. Laimbeer loves his veterans, so he’ll hope for improved seasons out of Essence Carson, Candice Wiggins, and Swin Cash, as well as defensive stalwart Tanisha Wright, to keep the Liberty in playoff contention. Can impact rookie Kiah Stokes play well alongside Charles?


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    5. Indiana Fever

    The coaching transition from Dunn to White should go about as smoothly as anyone would expect. The legendary Tamika Catchings returns for at least another full season and hopes for a run like last year, when Indiana was within one victory of making it back to the WNBA Finals. But they’re as hard-hit as anyone by Eurobasket defections in June, with rookie Natalie Achonwa and guard Shavonte Zellous about to miss time. Can Natasha Howard produce enough to grant Catchings the rest she deserves?


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    6. Connecticut Sun

    Between Chiney’s and Allison Hightower’s injuries and the retirement of Katie Douglas, coach Anne Donovan hopes management will understand if she can’t make a playoff unit out of the remainder… and also will reward her handsomely if she can. Guard Alex Bentley grew (as a scorer and a leader) by leaps and bounds in 2014, and the Sun hopes for something similar out of forward Alyssa Thomas and center Kelsey Bone. Is rookie Elizabeth Williams already primed to take Bone’s spot in the starting lineup?
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    Jun 03, 2015 8:31 PM GMT
    WESTERN CONFERENCE

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    1. Minnesota Lynx

    With the setbacks to Phoenix’s title hopes, the 2015 championship is coach Cheryl Reeve’s, MVP Maya Moore’s, and the longtime juggernaut Lynx’s to lose. Losing the veteran McCarville was a blow but Reeves hopes to compensate by bringing in Asjha Jones, who missed last season with Connecticut, and promoting backup Damiris Dantas. As long as Lindsay Whalen remains the league’s best passer, and the team’s top-seven remain healthy for the playoffs, can anyone else knock them off?


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    2. Phoenix Mercury

    They’ve had too many offseason setbacks to be the favorites to defend their WNBA title. But veterans Monique Currie, DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree aren’t chopped liver. Dupree will do her best to hold the fort until the league’s most dominant pivot, Brittney Griner, returns from her suspension. Once Brittney returns, and gets used to the extra attention now that Taurasi won’t be around to draw defenders away, Phoenix will get its groove back. But will diminished depth doom them at playoff time?


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    3. Tulsa Shock

    Who needs Liz Cambage? While the Aussie center refuses to report to Oklahoma, the team went out and drafted her replacement in Zahui B., who should be every bit as good. Pin-up model Skylar Diggins won the Most Improved Player award trophy in 2014, and if she can hand the trophy over to Odyssey Sims this year, Tulsa will be a lock to finally be in the playoffs and maybe even contend for the Finals. Among the few teams unimpacted by Euroleague defections in June, can they get off to a good start?


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    4. Los Angeles Sparks

    Parker’s indefinite absence and Kristi Toliver’s early departure for Eurobasket put a lot of the onus on former #1 pick Nneka Ogwumike to lead the way offensively. She’ll get some help in the interim from Erin Phillips, the point guard who comes over from defending-champ Phoenix, and she’ll need strong rebounding from Jantel Lavender to take off some of the defensive pressure. Coach Agler preaches defensive focus all day long, so will there be a shakeup in L.A. if he doesn’t like what he sees?


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    5. San Antonio Stars

    The retirement of franchise-face Becky Hammon leaves behind a big leadership void, but All-Star guard Danielle Robinson and her backcourt mates Jia Perkins and Alex Montgomery ought to be capable of filling it. Kayla McBride should also make strides in her second season. The frontcourt depth has been among the weakest in the league, and coach Dan Hughes is hoping rookie Dearica Hamby can come along quickly. If the team wanted to, could they ever trade an anti-gay starter in Sophia Malcolm-Young?


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    6. Seattle Storm

    If you can only go as far as two rookies can carry you, even if said rookies are top-flight talents, chances are you’re not getting very far. Still, Sue Bird can look to retirement knowing she has a gem waiting in the wings with Loyd. Meanwhile, Mosqueda-Lewis will be the deep threat every team needs to bail them out at the end of the shot clock. Will Japanese star Ramu Tokashiki and trade acquisitions Renee Montgomery and Quanitra Hollingsworth provide the depth needed to sneak into the playoffs?
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    Jun 03, 2015 11:20 PM GMT
    Ouch, I really thought this thread was about WNBR 2015
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Bike_Ride

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    Jun 04, 2015 2:41 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidOuch, I really thought this thread was about WNBR 2015
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Bike_Ride

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    That gets much more attendance! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 04, 2015 2:44 PM GMT
    pazmurder said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    you aren't the only guy that was disappointed. was about to say that this thread was about 2ksports actually making a wnba2k15 video game. icon_eek.gif then again, who would buy it?


    Speaking of which, the makers of the FIFA World Cup video games took heat in trying to mansplain why they haven't made one yet featuring Women, particularly given the popularity of the Women's World Cup which kicks off next month. The main excuse they came up with was they needed more time to make the hair seem like it was flowing when the players ran and jumped. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 06, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    And, to think, I was just looking forward to the Griner Family Christmas special! icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 06, 2015 11:56 PM GMT
    Why is this not moved to the basketball forum like they do with my football threads icon_question.gif
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    Jun 09, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    David666k saidWhy is this not moved to the basketball forum like they do with my football threads icon_question.gif


    Excellent question! I screwed up and forgot to do the drop-down thingy.

    I'll make a duplicate thread there later, then ask Admin to dump this one when he gets a free minute.

    Thanks for paying attention! icon_biggrin.gif