WNBA Power Rankings for the 2021 season. Updated every Monday.

Last updated: June 14, 2021 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

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Seattle Storm

#11Seattle Storm

Seattle Storm

Individual rankings:
Aneela #1, Eric #1

The Storm are rolling right now. They are in first place and are the first team to reach 10 wins. They beat the Atlanta Dream twice and the Connecticut Sun on the road this past week. Both Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart have been playing some exceptional basketball in this early part of the season. They face the Indiana Fever twice on the road this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Las Vegas Aces

#21Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

Individual rankings:
Aneela #2, Eric #2

In a parallel to the 2020 season, the Aces are once again chasing Seattle in the standings, and it’s hard to argue that the two teams are not once again the best in the WNBA. Las Vegas has won three straight games and has yet to suffer a truly “bad” loss. On the docket for the Aces this week are two games against New York; should they win both, they’ll be sitting pretty at 10-3 and well on their way to another top-2 finish in the WNBA standings.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Connecticut Sun

#32Connecticut Sun

Connecticut Sun

Individual rankings:
Aneela #3, Eric #3

The Sun’s first game without MVP favorite Jonquel Jones went about as expected, the team losing in a blowout to Seattle. While Connecticut won’t be facing that level of competition every night, its prowess on defense and on the boards is hampered by Jones’ absence. Until she returns from EuroBasket, the Sun will need bigger contributions from their backcourt, while DeWanna Bonner will be tasked with carrying even more of the load on offense.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


New York Liberty

#42New York Liberty

New York Liberty

Individual rankings:
Aneela #4, Eric #4

The New York Liberty had an extended amount of rest and only played one game this week and that was against the Phoenix Mercury. Sabrina Ionescu did not play in the game due to left ankle tendinitis. The Liberty managed to find a way to win thanks in large part to Jazmine Jones who scored a majority of her points in the fourth quarter along with the steady presence of Betnijah Laney. The Liberty now face the Aces twice as well as the Sparks, all of which will be played on the road this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Dallas Wings

#52Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

Individual rankings:
Aneela #5, Eric #5

The Wings have risen all the way to sixth place in the standings, which is impressive considering the team started at 1-4. There are still some pieces in Dallas’ rotation that need to be figured out, but there’s no denying how much individual talent this group of youngsters has, most recently evidenced by the Wings’ come-from-behind win against Seattle. While a little more consistency from their young core would be nice, these things can’t be rushed; for now, enjoy the development of players like Satou Sabally, Bella Alarie, and Charli Collier.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Atlanta Dream

#63Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

Individual rankings:
Aneela #5, Eric #7

The Atlanta Dream snapped a 4 game losing streak when they blew out the Washington Mystics in the second half of their recent game, but they went 1-2 this past week with both losses coming at home to top-ranked Seattle. They rebounded against the Mystics. They get a bit of a break as they face the Mystics on the road as their only game of this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Minnesota Lynx

#71Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

Individual rankings:
Aneela #7, Eric #6

The Lynx have made significant progress since the beginning of the season, improving to 4-5 after an 0-4 start. While Minnesota has had a hard time staying healthy, as long as Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier are there to make up the team’s defensive backbone, they’ll be in a good position to win more games than not. The Lynx get Chicago and Dallas on this week’s schedule, and both teams seem like good matches for them, so we’ll see if they can continue their recent ascent.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Phoenix Mercury

#84Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

Individual rankings:
Aneela #8, Eric #8

The Phoenix Mercury lost all three games they played this past week. Two to the Dallas Wings and one to the New York Liberty. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittney Griner continue to do all they can but it is not enough as the Mercury are really starting to miss Diana Taurasi's veteran presence on the floor. They face the Los Angeles Sparks twice on the road this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Washington Mystics

#91Washington Mystics

Washington Mystics

Individual rankings:
Aneela #9, Eric #9

The Tina Charles show (featuring Ariel Atkins) continues in Washington, though it hasn’t exactly translated to team success. Washington currently sits in the middle of the pack at 4-6, but unlike teams like Minnesota or Chicago, the Mystics’ lack of high-end star power caps their ceiling. Elena Delle Donne’s return would certainly help things, but we still don’t know when she’ll be coming back this season.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Chicago Sky

#101Chicago Sky

Chicago Sky

Individual rankings:
Aneela #10, Eric #11

The Sky are finally healthy again, and after bottoming out at 2-7, they’ve won consecutive games against Indiana to get themselves back into things. Of course, that’s against the worst team in the WNBA; Chicago will play Minnesota and Connecticut this week, both opponents serving as important tests for the Sky. The health of forwards Candace Parker and Azurá Stevens will be crucial to the team’s success moving forward, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Los Angeles Sparks

#116Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

Individual rankings:
Aneela #11, Eric #10

The Sparks went 0-2 this week. They lost to the Washington Mystics on the road as well as the Minnesota Lynx. They are now just outside of the top 8 in the standings in 9th place. They have work to do as they struggled in both of their road games this past week. They face the Mercury in a home and home series as well as a home game against the Liberty this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Indiana Fever

#120Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

Individual rankings:
Aneela #12, Eric #12

The Indiana Fever are still the only WNBA team with one win but they did compete in their latest loss against the Chicago Sky, but faltered late and the Sky held on. They lost both games to the Sky this past week. It does not get any easier for the Fever as they face top-ranked Seattle Storm twice at home and face the Washington Mystics on the road this week.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


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