Mystics Moves Working

By Steve Samek

The Washington Mystic made a splash in the offseason. http://bit.ly/2n3UnnM. So now that the season is about half over how are those moves working out?

Elena Delle Donne was the Center piece of a big trade.  This season she is averaging almost 20 points per game in 15 starts. http://www.wnba.com/player/elena-delle-donne/#/career.  Not career bests, but steady.  Though Delle Donne is ranked fourth in the league in scoring. http://www.wnba.com/league-leaders/#?StatCategory=PTS&sort=PTS&dir=1

 Delle Donne is currently leading the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting. http://www.wnba.com/news/moore-delle-donne-lead-early-returns-wnba-star-voting-2017/.

Kristi Toliver was added in free agency. Toliver is averaging 10 points per game and that is down from 13 last season. http://www.wnba.com/player/kristi-toliver/#/career. Her three-point percentage, a prime reason for her acquisition is down as well. Toliver hit threes at 42 percent last season, but is only at 35 percent this year. http://www.wnba.com/player/kristi-toliver/#/career.

The Mystics are doing ok this season. In the most recent power rankings they were ranked third. This came in behind the current champs LA and a Minnesota team fresh off a finals appearance. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/.  The Mystics own a 10-6 overall record, including a 7-2 mark at home, while being highly ranked in several statistical categories. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/.

Stefanie Dolson, who was acquired by Chicago for Delle Donne is playing well. Dolson is averaging a career high 12.9 points per game. http://www.wnba.com/player/stefanie-dolson/#/career. She has also seen her minutes increased significantly playing over 28 per game against 22.5 last season. http://www.wnba.com/player/stefanie-dolson/#/career.

The number two overall pick was spent on Alaina Coats of South Carolina. Coats doesn’t have any statistical data to report. http://www.wnba.com/player/alaina-coates/#/about.

The Sky have struggled mighty this season. The team has three wins this year and 12 losses. They were recently defeated by the San Antonio Stars, which came into the game winless. The sit at number 11 of 12 in this week’s power rankings. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/.

Mystic’s moves looking like the right ones.

 

WNBA Records

By Steve Samek

Everyone loves a winner. So why not love these winners in what is looking to be a year of records for the WNBA.

Sue Bird is entering the top 10 in all time points scored. Bird scored 10 against San Antonio on June 6 to become the 10th best point scorer. Bird has tallied at least 5,565 career points. Bird isn’t just happy to score point either. She is the league runner up in all time assists.  With 146 more helpers, she can pass the mark of 2,599 held by Ticha Penicheiro. http://www.wnba.com/news/sue-bird-enters-wnba-time-top-10-scoring/

Bird is also among the league’s best in three-pointers and steels, ranking in the top 10 in both stats. Though most notable is Bird’s four Olympic gold medals for the United States of America, most by any player male, or female. http://www.wnba.com/news/sue-bird-enters-wnba-time-top-10-scoring/

Speaking of three pointers, its Diana Taurasi. The Phoenix Guard broke the all-time three-point record on June 1,2017. Taurasi is also chasing the all-time scoring record sitting in second place. The all-time points mark is 7,488 and is owned by Tina Thompson. 29 points is all the separate the two. http://www.wnba.com/stats/alltime-leaders/#?stattype=points&stype=02&sort=pts&permode=tot&dir=1 Taurasi’s next shot at the record is Friday when Phoenix plays Chicago. http://www.wnba.com/

http://www.wnba.com/news/whats-trending-taurasi-re-writes-record-books-charles-hits-career-numbers-minnesota-stays-hot/

The next record to fall was all time wins by an individual. This mark now belongs to Lindsay Whalen. Whalen has amassed 295 victories and counting in 14 seasons in the WNBA. Swain Cash was the former record holder for wins with 294. http://www.wnba.com/news/lindsay-whalen-becomes-winningest-player-wnba-history/. The historic win is coming during a strong winning streak for last season’s runner up Minnesota. http://lynx.wnba.com/news/three-observations-sundays-lynx-win-wings/

The final record is for collecting awards. Tina Charles snags this honor for winning WNBA player of the week 23 times. This comes after Charles was awarded this week’s player of the week award. The mark bests Tamika Catchings’ 22 awards. http://www.wnba.com/news/tina-charles-sylvia-fowles-named-wnba-players-week/.

Lots of winner’s here with lots more to come during this young season.

 

 

Top 10 Green Sports Logos

Today’s first post is going green. Yep the color we all sport on St. Patrick’s is pretty common in sports logos. This post will celebrate the top 10 logos that feature the color green as the primary color.

10. Dallas Stars NHL

It’s a very simple yet effective logo. A star to represent the lone star state in silver with green to accident it. It looks sharp. The updated logo doesn’t have as much green as the old logo, but there is still plenty of it to go around.

9. Hawaii Warriors NCAA

This one is another sharp and simple logo. The H is super green while accented with silver. Though it looks good I wonder why it doesn’t look like it belongs with a team called the Rainbow Warriors, or Rainbows. http://ncaa-sports.wikia.com/wiki/Hawaii_Warriors

8. Daytona Tortugas

A 2014 affiliation switch gave us this better name. The former Daytona Cubs became the Tortugas after becoming a red affiliate. The logo sports a turtle swinging a bat. The logo is green with a sea blue and white letters. It looks cool and gives the local squad a much more unique name than its predecessor.

7. New York Jets NFL

No denying this logo is green. The Jets have used this classic green and white look for ever. While it may not be super flashy and full of New York swagger it still is a clean logo.

6. Green Bay Packers NFL

This logo is another sharp green logo. Combine it with white and a tasteful yellow and it works really well. The Packers’ logo to me is more iconic than the Jets logo due to the success of the team making it the number six pick.

5. Michigan State Spartans NCAA

Michigan State has had a lot of recent success in both football and basketball. With that success comes a lot of exposure with the dark green and white uniforms.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx NBA

These two hoops teams share the same color palate and have similar logos. While the Timberwolves are rebuilding with young talent the Lynx are excelling. The Lynx were WNBA runners -up last year after going in as defending champions.

3. Oregon Ducks NCAA

Most likely when you think green college logos you think Oregon. A green o with yellow and white form a wining logo combination. However, Oregon often forgoes the classic look for one of its many uniform combos. Though no matter how many combos they have green is definitely a mainstay in the looks.

2. Tulane Green Wave NCAA

It has green right in the game so of course it belongs on the list. The Wave goes behind a white T trimmed in green. Green is plentiful in this logo. Though with Tulane not having much success on the national scene this logo isn’t seen much.

1.      Boston Celtic NBA

This is a pretty obvious pick. There’s no mistaking this logo for anyone other than Boston. The T logo is very Irish looking in nature with the leprechaun smoking the pipe with green and gold to compliment it.  Combine Boston’s successful history in the NBA and you have an iconic logo worth of being the best green logo.

Have a favorite green logo? Let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing in DC.

Mystics improving team in off-season.

By Steve Samek

 

The Washington Mystics are on the move up. After finishing the 2016 season in 10th place in 12th team with an 13-21 record. The team has been making movies to turn themselves into the favorite in 2017.

 

The biggest move the Mystics made was the acquiring Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dobson, Kahleah Cooper and the 2nd overall pick in 2017. After getting Delle Donne the Mystics also added Kristi Toliver via free agency from defending champion Los Angeles.

 

Toliver is a veteran player who can light it up from three- point range. Toliver hit 42.4 percent from behind the line last season. A mark which was good for fourth in the league in three-point percentage. Interesting enough Delle Donne was ahead of Toliver in three-point percentage, ranking third with a 42.6 percent made.

 

Delle Donne also contributed a tied for the league lead 21.5 points per game while playing in the fourth most average minutes per league at 33.1. Also on Delle Donne top five offensive ability is her free throw percentage at 93.5 good for second best in the WNBA. http://www.wnba.com/stats/

 

Complementing the new acquisitions is Emma Meesseman. Meesseman was the WNBA’s top three-point shooter by percentage at 44.8 percent. Additionally, Taylor Hill was resigned by the Mystics. Hill averaged 15 points per game in just above 29 minutes per game for the Mystic last season. The 15 points per game to go along with 32 games started are career highs for the player drafted a couple slots after new acqusion Delle Donne. http://www.wnba.com/player/tayler-hill/#/career

 

The Mystics  should improve on offense and be more accurate on three pointers. This can make them hard to defend from deep. With multiple shooters, able to hit threes as accurate as anyone in the league even a double team would leave other players wide open.

 

Delle Donne and Toliver also bring playoff experience. Toliver was part of the WNBA champion Sparks last season and Delle Donne’s Sky was the fourth seed in the tournament before losing to the Atlanta Dream in round one. Making this one of the intangibles the Mystic’s could use to make a long playoff run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WNBA Title Preview

Lynx have upper hand in winner-take-all game

By Steve Samek

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It all comes down to every sports fans’ best dream and worst nightmare: the winner-take-all game.

The WNBA will give us this opportunity as the Minnesota Lynx meet the Los Angeles Sparks for the WNBA Title.

Before I get to my pick, first let’s get a quick look to the background of both teams’ runs to the championship. Continue reading “WNBA Title Preview”