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WNBA 2021 season predictions: Which player wins MVP? Which team wins the title?

The WNBA's 25th anniversary season opens Friday with four games. Are the Seattle Storm the favorite to repeat and win the 2021 title? Will the Las Vegas Aces break through for their first championship? Or will a former dynasty return to the top? A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart are again the front-runners for league MVP, but they have company in the race. At least, that's what our panel predicts.
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Let’s start here: my house, a couple of months ago, a good friend over for dinner and the conversation turning toward the article you’ve just started. This friend played sports at a high level, and he asked me, tentatively, whether he could explain why he doesn’t watch women’s sports. “Of course,” I said. “Let’s hear it.” I wanted nothing more than to understand why someone like him—an athlete, a millennial, a feminist—had never turned on a women’s basketball game. Or, more precisely, I wanted to hear why he believes he hasn’t.
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2021 WNBA Team Preview: Los Angeles Sparks

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2021 WNBA Preseason Power Rankings

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2021 WNBA.com GM Survey: Season Predictions

Ever wonder what WNBA insiders think about the best teams, players and coaches in the league? Once again, WNBA.com posed questions to the league’s general managers to learn what the people who make the decisions really think about these topics and more. GO TO: Season Predictions | Best Players/Coaches |...
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Key Players for Each WNBA Team in 2021

The WNBA is a star-driven league. A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage for Las Vegas, Breanna Stewart for Seattle, Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles for Washington, and Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner for Phoenix all top the odds to win MVP, and their teams are some of the early favorites to win it all. But it takes a complete squad to grind through the season and into playoffs. This group of players is less heralded, but could be the key to taking their teams to the next level. Here’s a look at the players who are indispensable for each team heading into the 2021 WNBA season.
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WNBA players reflect on challenges overcome and lessons learned in the 'Wubble'

Before celebrating its 25th anniversary season, which tips off Friday, the WNBA and its 144 players had to navigate the most unusual season in their quarter-century history. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced players (some with family), coaches and support staff into a bubble in Bradenton, Florida. Isolated but not sheltered, 144 players protested in unison after the shooting of Jacob Blake. They underwent daily testing for coronavirus. They practiced and they played. As depicted in ESPN Films' "144," which debuts Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN and available immediately after on ESPN+) the challenges were both physical and mental. A'ja Wilson, the league's reigning MVP; Dearica Hamby, the mother of a then-3-year-old daughter; and Nneka Ogwumike, the president of the executive committee of the Women's National Basketball Players Association, reflect on the challenges they overcame and the lessons they learned before, during and after their nearly 100 days inside the "Wubble."
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The WNBA once worried about survival. Now it has a bolder vision.

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Stewie Gets Her Own Sneaks: WNBA Star Pens First Deal In A Decade

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WNBA Announces Innovative Blueprint, New Partnerships and Significant Prize Pool for Inaugural Commissioner’s Cup

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Ranking the top 25 WNBA players for 2021

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