Angel McCoughtry and A’ja Wilson may just look like two women desperately trying to salvage a season without two of their top Superstars, but they are slowly turning The Las Vegas Aces into a prime championship contender. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without a supporting cast of Dearica Hamby Jackie Young and Kayla McBride, but these two women are leading the way.
In fact, between McCoughtry and Wilson both averaging 21 points, and being over 50 percent from the 3-point line, they should really turn The Aces into playoff contenders. Keep in in mind that this team is playing without their Center, Liz Cambrige and their star guard, Kelsey Plum, which means this isn’t even the best that the team could have played this year.
If nothing else, when you take into consideration that The Aces are missing two of their biggest stars and still have a 8-2 record and just knocked out a prime playoff contender in The Minnesota Lynx this is very much a team that could go all the way this year. They might even end up knocking out The Washington Mystics, who took them out of the layoffs last year and went on to win the whole thing.
Another couple of promising stats that should more than prove that The Aces are a safe bet in the playoffs is the fact that they have held their opponents to under 30% from the 3-point line and have a 37% rebound percentage. All of that, mixed with an average of 73% from the free throw line, and have an average of 29 defensive rebounds per game.
Now, that doesn't mean The Aces playoff hopes can’t be derailed if an injury were to happen to Carolyn Swords, A’ja Wilson, or Angel McCoughtry, but they will certainly be a threat if they are able to stay healthy and consistent. Who knows, maybe this is the start of a whole new dynasty in the WNBA, especially with Cambage and Plum returning next season, which could certainly result in the team becoming the Warriors of the league.