Midseason Checkup: Dallas Wings

The Dallas Wings will have played half of their games when they host the Fever. How have they fared so far through the first half of the 2018 WNBA season?

The Dallas Wings will officially play half of their games when they host the Fever. To this point, the Dallas Wings have had their share of ups and downs, some inconsistency and as a result, their record is reflective of that.

As of games played through July 3rd, the Wings offensive team stats are as follows:

  • Third in scoring with 85.4 points per game
  • Third (tied with the Las Vegas Aces) in rebounds with 35.8 rebounds per game
  • Ninth in assists with 17.4 assists per game
  • Second in blocks with 5.2 blocks per game
  • Second in turnovers with 15.2 turnovers per game
  • Seventh (tied with the Chicago Sky) in steals with 6.5 steals per game

The Wings defensive team stats are as follows:

  • The Wings allow opponents to score 82.4 points per game, which is the fifth highest.
  • The Wings allow opponents to steal 8.5 steals per game, which is the highest in the league.
  • The Wings allow opponents to grab 33.3 rebounds per game, which is the eighth in the league

There are more stats, but those stats are the main ones to pay attention to for the Wings. They clearly have a high powered offense, but they need to take better care of the ball and figure out how to pass the ball more. They also need to box out better and not allow other teams to score off of offensive rebounds.

Players Overall Stats

The Dallas Wings are led in scoring by Liz Cambage who is averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game and she also leads in rebounding with 9.9 rebounds per game.

The Dallas Wings Skylar Diggins-Smith leads the team in minutes, as she plays 34.6 minutes per game and assists with 6.4 assists per game.

Six Dallas Wings players play 20 minutes or more which shows that the Wings have a tight rotation and rookie Azura Stevens only plays on average 18.6 minutes per game.

Schedule

The Dallas Wings schedule has been pretty even, as they have played an equal amount of home versus road games. They have a winning home record but a below .500 road record.

Their best win was against the Chicago Sky which was at home. The Wings played their best game of the season which resulted in a 23 point blow out win.

They suffered their worst loss was against the Seattle Storm. It was a 19 point loss at home and it was the worst loss of the season so far.

The season series against the Minnesota Lynx is complete, going 0-3. The last two games, however, were competitive and could have gone the other way.

Overall Play of the Wings

The Dallas Wings have shown flashes of being a top playoff team but they have also shown some bad stretches in which they allow teams to score frequently. Inconsistency has also been seen and the Wings often have trouble closing out games against the top teams which is a persistent issue when they try to make a run for the playoffs in this second half. Karima Christmas-Kelly got injured and the Wings will miss her as she is out for the rest of the season. As stated above, the Wings have moments where they look like a great team, and then the next minute, they look out of place. Despite a new point guard in Leticia Romero, Skylar Diggins-Smith still plays heavy minutes.

The Wings are seventh overall, but they have a hectic second half coming up. They will need to step up their game and not rely on just Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins-Smith to do everything in order for the Wings to move up in the standings.

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