In the WNBA to succeed as a team you have to know your job. The Minnesota Lynx have five veterans in the starting lineup who will carry them a long way – again.
If you look at the team list of the Minnesota Lynx, there is something missing from the bench. However, the starting five are such amazing players this will not matter at the start of the season. Hopefully by the end of the season the bench will have worked it out, until then they can be carried.
The players I refer to are Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. This five is still one of the best ever teams which has been assembled. You are going to have to wait a long time until you see such a complete starting unit again.
Whalen is the leader of this team. Her fire and passion rub off on everyone around her. She is such an inspirational player who does what her team needs. Against the Dallas Wings Whalen only scored three points. This is not a big deal, she has other champion players around her who can score. She did dish out eight assists with only two turnovers.
Augustus is one of these scorers. It seems every Lynx game you watch, Augustus is making big plays at the right time. She scored 11 on the night but she is only ever one game away from scoring 20 or more.
Fowles, last seasons MVP was in fine form against the Wings. Taking on the potential heir of her crown, Liz Cambage, Fowles put on a clinic thanks to the help of her teammates collecting a 20 point, 23 rebound double-double. Fowles also had five steals and two blocks to continue to be the lynch pin in the Lynx defense
Brunson has made a career out of rebounding the ball. She is the WNBA’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds and continues to rebound like her life depends upon it. Against the Wings she collected 13 rebounds to go along with her seven points.
Then we come to Moore. If Whalen is fire then Moore is ice. They are both as competitive as each other but Whalen wears her heart on her sleeve where Moore hides it up around her shoulder. She had a quiet game against the Wings and still scored 12 points to go along with her seven rebounds. She also collected one assist and one steal. The thing is, she committed no fouls and no turnovers. everything positive for the Lynx star.
The bench, as stated earlier is a little weaker. If Danielle Robinson can produce good numbers to go along with the super-charged tempo she brings when she is on court, opposition teams will struggle to go with the Lynx.