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— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) June 14, 2021
The Las Vegas Aces proved a lot by making it to the WNBA Finals last season without several key members of their squad, but can they do the same in 2021? After analyzing the first ten games of the season, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.
Of course, some of the team’s power probably has to do with the addition of Chelsea Gray and Riquna Williams, but getting Liz Cambage back to anchor the defense was another big step. The squad also added Destiny Slocum and Joyner Holmes, who both seem to be slowly coming into their own as well. Finally, with the combination of Finals MVP A’ja Wilson, Dearica Hamby, Liz Cambage, and Kelsey Plum as this team’s core, it looks like they could make another serious run.
Looking at the stats for the 2021 season, the Aces are currently 7-3 in their first ten games and have only lost to the Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately for Vegas, those are both teams they will likely have to face to get back to the Finals, putting them in a pretty precarious situation. Then again, they did best the Storm in their second game of the season, leading to the possibility that the team could come up big with some fine-tuning.
A’ja Wilson & Liz Camabage
A’ja Wilson leads the charge this season with 18.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 325 minutes. She is also very consistent at the free-throw line, making opposing teams pay for fouling her. As for Cambage, she seems to be thriving upon her return, nabbing 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists in ten games. She also has a whopping 22 blocks this season, making her a threat in the post.
Chelsea Gray surprised everyone when she signed with the Las Vegas Aces during the offseason, but the decision is already paying off. Not only is that evident by her averaging 12.2 points her game and 6.8 assists, but also by her 12 steals in ten games. If nothing else, she is a player that can steal the ball at any moment during the game and help her team run up the score. It’s just all a question of whether she can do it in the playoffs or not.
And then there’s Riquna Williams, who followed Chelsea Gray from the Los Angeles Sparks and seems poised to impact the already flourishing Aces. While Williams has struggled at times so far this season in her new role, she has amassed 9.9 points per game and has made 22 three-point shots this season. Again, she is struggling to move the ball around and not coming down with as many rebounds as fans would probably like, but having a sharpshooter like Williams will help this team overall.
Although most of this breakdown was positive and the Aces are on solid ground for another playoff spot, they have one serious problem that could prevent them from making it back to the Finals- they haven’t beaten any quality opponents so far this season. The team hasn’t really been tested yet.