As expected, Elena Delle-Donne re-signed with the Washington Mystics. This is going to keep them relevant in a stacked title race in the WNBA.
Now that Elena Delle-Donne has re-signed with the Washington Mystics, the rest of the WNBA is taking more notice of the Washington Mystics. She will be alongside Finals MVP Emma Meesseman but has lost star guard Kristi Tolliver.
After taking out the WNBA title last season the Mystics are going to look to repeat. However, there are many teams now standing in their way. Going back to back is a very hard thing to do in the WNBA, particularly with how this offseason has shaped up.
Last years runners up, the Connecticut Sun, has reloaded with experience and championship winners. Their backcourt is weaker having replaced Courtney Williams with Briann January. However, DeWanna Bonner replacing Shekinna Stricklen is huge.
The 2018 champions, the Seattle Storm have both Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart returning from season-long injuries. They also have the core of the championship team in Jewell Loyd, Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard to go along with a quality bench.
The Las Vegas Aces have also reloaded with the signing of Angel McCoughtry. If Liz Cambage re-signs and there is nothing to say she will not, they will be hard to stop. Their starting five of Cambage, McCoughtry, Kelsey Plum, A’ja Wilson, and Kayla McBride is going to lead the WNBA in offensive rating.
Last but not least is the Los Angeles Sparks who took Delle-Donne’s running mate in Kristi Toliver as well as trading for Brittany Sykes and Marie Gulich. They have an irresistible frontcourt and a tough backcourt. Their bench is also one of the deepest in the WNBA.
Delle-Donne re-signing with the Mystics keeps them very much in the mix. She will have to rely on players like Natasha Cloud to step up even more but that will not be a problem, no one doubts Cloud’s resolve.
Signing Leilani Mitchell also gives the backcourt depth and the ability to keep shooting the 3-ball. Delle-Donne needs to stay healthy this season to try and add to her legacy. It also means that the Mystics will stay near the top of the WNBA heap