Can the Aces do it again and win another championship in 2023? They can, with the help of these top five Las Vegas Aces.
#5 Chelsea Gray – Point guard
Chelsea Grey is a force to be reckoned with, which is why she belongs on this list. The former Los Angeles Spark totals 13.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and a gnarly .340 three-point percentage. There is just no stopping this athlete sometimes, which ranks her among the best the Aces have to offer.
Fast forward to the 2022 playoffs, and Gray turned out to be a critical part of the picture. Not only is that evident by her putting up 21.7 points in ten postseason games but also by her average of seven assists and 3.8 rebounds. She even managed a .554 from the three-point line. That’s a very dangerous woman to have on the court.
#4 Candace Parker – Small forward
The addition of Candace Parker to the Las Vegas Aces is a big one and could lead to another championship. Parker is an all-around solid player who seems to specialize in whatever you want her to. She averaged eight rebounds per game last season and followed that up with four assists.
Parker even drops an average of 13.2 points per game, making her another solid scorer for the team. There might be an urge to put Parker further up on the list due to her star power, but her stats don’t justify that position. She will most likely be a role player for Las Vegas and thus not as important as other pieces.
#3 Jackie Young – Shooting guard
The Las Vegas Aces have a lot of spectacular weapons on the court, which is why Jackie Young can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Despite being one of the unsung heroes of Las Vegas, she totaled 15.9 points, 3.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. Young also had a penchant for long-range shots, averaging .431 from the perimeter.
What hinders her on the list is not having the same star power that Plum and Wilson do. She also is less efficient of a scorer and her stats aren’t as consistent. Now, that doesn’t mean she can’t shift the momentum by draining a three.
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#2 Kelsey Plum – Point guard
Kelsey Plum had a season to remember in 2022, and it came at the most unexpected of times. Keep in mind that three years ago, Plum suffered an Achilles tendon tear during practice and would be out for that season. She returned in 2021 but mostly stayed on the bench while recovering.
Fast Forward to 2022, however, and she racked up 20.2 points, 5.1 assists, and .420 from behind the arc. Plum also won the most improved player of the year that season and is poised for another good season under Becky Hammon. Maybe Plum doesn’t have the same star power as A’ja Wilson, but they seem equally talented.
#1 A’ja Wilson – Power forward
A’ja Wilson is the centerpiece of the Las Vegas Aces, and nothing will change that. Not only is that evident by her being instrumental to the Aces playoff run in 2022, but also due to her winning back-to-back MVP honors. While Becky Hammon could have gone in a different direction, she chose A’ja Wilson as their leader for a reason.
The main reason is her dedication to the team. She was drafted by the Aces and has been loyal to them since day one. The newly crowned champion has even put up video game-like stats during her career, including 19.1 points and 8.4 assists in 30.5 minutes per game.