Damian Lillard and Portland Trail Blazers may be the talk of the NBA Bubble, but another team could very well be the best on the hardwood right now.
Just 106 miles south at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Seattle Storm is off to a 10-1 start inside the WNBA’s “Wubble."
Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Storm have quickly become one of the WNBA’s most dangerous teams. They have scary offensive weapons, lethal shooters from beyond the arc, and since we’re keeping it real, they are arguably the hottest team in sports right now.
Seattle has been absolutely dismantling teams in recent weeks. A 23-point win over the Sun on Sunday, an 18-point win over the Wings last Friday and a 37-point victory over the Dream on Aug. 12. Should we go on?
Seven of their wins have come by double digits, and their net rating is now a whopping plus-16.8, by far the best in the league.
Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird are consensus title favorites and the reasons are evident. 2018 MVP Stewart looks better than ever after missing last season due to an Achilles injury. She’s leading the way for the Storm with 18.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4. blocked shots.
After missing multiple games with a bone bruise in her left knee, Bird, who is playing in her 17th WNBA season, continues to produce. In her return to the court vs. the Dream, Bird made three of the Storm’s 18 3-pointers, which tied an WNBA single-game record. The 35-year-old is averaging 10.2 points, two rebounds, and 4.2 assists in six games.
The Storm has All-Star playmakers and loads of depth, ala Alysha Clark, Jewell Loyd, Natasha Howard, and Jordin Canada. Yet, there are 10 players on the Storm roster who have played at least six games this season, and all 10 of them have a field goal percentage of at least 40 percent. Four of them are making more than half their shots from the field.
Seattle can guard, shoot, and it has championship experience from 2018. As of now, it seems the Storm is the team to beat inside the Wubble. The Storm has made their mission very clear: It's time to bring a fourth title back to Seattle. Who's going to stop them?