WNBA Power Rankings for the 2020 season. Updated every Monday.

Last updated: August 3, 2020 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

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Washington Mystics

#16Washington Mystics

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #1

Did anyone see this coming? The defending champion Mystics - who lost essentially an entire starting lineup and didn't seem to have much depth heading into the season - started at 3-0, highlighted by an impressive win over championship favorites Seattle. Washington's emphasis on floor spacing has made the team offense a joy to watch, and players like Myisha Hines-Allen and Aerial Powers have effortlessly stepped into higher-volume roles and are playing the best basketball of their careers.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Seattle Storm

#21Seattle Storm

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #2

Save for their stumble against Washington, the Storm have looked like one of the WNBA's few truly elite teams. 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart looks to be fully recovered from the Achilles injury that kept her sidelined last year, while the team's athletic and frantic defense has been giving opponents fits. Sue Bird will probably be taking some days off here and there, but Seattle has the bench to play through this; the Storm are one of just a handful of WNBA teams currently fielding a 12-player roster.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock


Chicago Sky

#31Chicago Sky

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #3

Chicago entered the season as an up-and-coming young team and a trendy favorite, and so far the Sky have delivered. Athletic wing Diamond DeShields has been hampered by knee soreness, but others have stepped up: Gabby Williams and Kahleah Copper have both expanded their games considerably, and the talented Azurá Stevens has seemed right at home in her first season in Chicago's uptempo offense. Expect the Sky to remain in the hunt for a top-4 seed moving forward.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Minnesota Lynx

#45Minnesota Lynx

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #4

The Lynx may be short on guards at the moment - Odyssey Sims has yet to rejoin the team after giving birth to her first child and Lexie Brown is currently in concussion protocol - but they still have Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier, which, apparently, is plenty good enough. Minnesota fields a stout halfcourt defense that has worn on opposing teams and has given the Lynx a chance to overcome several slow starts. The question, then, is whether the Lynx can afford to continue falling behind and scrapping for comeback victories.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Las Vegas Aces

#51Las Vegas Aces

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #5

As expected, A'ja Wilson has looked like an MVP candidate, but the rest of the Aces lineup has been somewhat of an adventure. The team is, unsurprisingly, getting very little 3-point shooting, and it doesn't have much depth behind Wilson. If Angel McCoughtry can continue to play at full capacity, Las Vegas will be in enough games to simply physically overwhelm its opponents. Will that be enough in the long run?

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Los Angeles Sparks

#63Los Angeles Sparks

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #6

A 2-2 start may be disappointing for the Sparks, who have played inconsistent basketball to begin the season. After blowing out Phoenix on opening weekend, Los Angeles seemed lethargic against Chicago; similarly, the Sparks never had control in their recent loss to Seattle. The Sparks have the talent to flip the metaphorical switch and play high-level ball, but they'll need better shooting from Chelsea Gray and more production from the wing to get it done.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock


Phoenix Mercury

#75Phoenix Mercury

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #7

Has there been enough basketball to draw a solid conclusion on the Mercury? The trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, and Skylar Diggins-Smith is still working to get on the same page. Phoenix lost big against Los Angeles and gave up over 100 points to Indiana, and though it walloped New York in its most recent game, such performances should be a given. The jury might still be out on the Mercury, who are struggling to defend for a full 40 minutes and get consistent production outside of their star players.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock


Indiana Fever

#80Indiana Fever

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #8

The Fever started the season poorly but have come on stronger as of late. Julie Allemand has solidified the team's starting point guard position, while Kelsey Mitchell appears to have taken the third-year leap expected of young stars. Teaira McCowan's lack of production has been disappointing, however, and the team is quickly becoming short on players; Natalie Achonwa and Victoria Vivians are both sidelined with injuries, while 2019 All-Star Erica Wheeler (quarantine) still has yet to report to Florida.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock


Dallas Wings

#92Dallas Wings

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #9

The 2020 season was always going to be about one thing for Dallas: developing its young talent. As such, the Wings have taken their lumps thus far, but a 2-2 record isn't horrible considering the expectations. Forward Satou Sabally is a star in the making and should be on every fan's list of must-see players. We'll see what the Wings are truly made of as their schedule gets tougher.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Atlanta Dream

#100Atlanta Dream

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #10

It's been an up-and-down start for Atlanta, though the Dream are already clearly more talented and more dynamic than they were last season. Rookie Chennedy Carter has been impressive as the team's starting point guard, and the Dream have gotten better-than-expected production out of Betnijah Laney and Monique Billings. When Courtney Williams and Glory Johnson - both late arrivals - get into the swing of things, Atlanta will likely rise towards the middle of our rankings.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock


Connecticut Sun

#116Connecticut Sun

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #11

Depth was a concern for the Sun heading into the 2020 season, but it's unlikely that even the most pessimistic fans expected an 0-4 start. The 2019 runners-up Sun have gotten little production outside of DeWanna Bonner (27.5 points per game) and Alyssa Thomas, and their shorthanded bench has not proven to be particularly effective. The Sun's schedule should get a little softer in the coming weeks, but the health of their starters might be worrisome.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


New York Liberty

#120New York Liberty

Individual rankings:
Aneela #, Eric #12

Get used to this. The Liberty have started at 0-4 and with franchise player Sabrina Ionescu sidelined for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury, things probably won't get better anytime soon. New York has been outscored by 19.3 points per 100 possessions in its first four contests - by far the largest margin of any WNBA team - and has struggled to optimize the positionless offense head coach Walt Hopkins envisions.

Summary written by Aneela Khan and Eric Nemchock