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

Last updated: September 20, 2021 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

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Connecticut Sun

#10Connecticut Sun

Connecticut Sun

Individual rankings:
Aneela #1, Eric #1

The Sun finished a dominant 2021 regular season on a 14-game winning streak, locking up the WNBA’s top playoff seed with plenty of time to spare. Incredibly, the team that led the league in defensive rating (91.7 points allowed per 100 possessions) has also gotten Alyssa Thomas back from an Achilles injury in time for what projects to be a deep postseason run. Connecticut is physically gifted and disciplined and should be among the favorites to win the 2021 WNBA championship.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Las Vegas Aces

#20Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

Individual rankings:
Aneela #2, Eric #2

Another successful regular season is in the books for Las Vegas. The Aces finished 24-8 (good for second place in the WNBA standings), fielding the league’s top offense and second-best defense. Given the amount of star power on the Aces roster, anything less than a championship in 2021 would be a letdown; Las Vegas was a popular preseason pick to win it all and once again delivered through the regular season, but now it needs to take the next step as one of the league’s premier franchises and take home a title.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Minnesota Lynx

#30Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

Individual rankings:
Aneela #3, Eric #3

The Lynx overcame an 0-4 start to the season to finish 22-10, earning the WNBA’s third overall playoff seed and a first-round postseason bye. Minnesota is deep, balanced, and well-coached, and while the Lynx may not immediately jump out as a championship contender based on big names alone, don’t be surprised if they’re standing alone when the dust settles.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Seattle Storm

#41Seattle Storm

Seattle Storm

Individual rankings:
Aneela #4, Eric #4

The Storm were able to rebound and win a pivotal game against the Phoenix Mercury which ensured them of a single bye. This will allow Breanna Stewart more time to heal and possibly play in their single elimination game. The Storm will need the help she brings alongside Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Phoenix Mercury

#51Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

Individual rankings:
Aneela #5, Eric #5

The Mercury finished their regular season by losing the last two games against the Storm on the road and at home against the Aces. They are now locked into the 5th seed and will face the New York Liberty in the first round of the WNBA playoffs in a single elimination game. They also hope to get Diana Taurasi back healthy for that playoff game. Bria Hartley was finally able to play and she played in the Mercury's last game of the season which was against the Aces.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Chicago Sky

#60Chicago Sky

Chicago Sky

Individual rankings:
Aneela #6, Eric #6

The Sky will host Dallas in the first round of the postseason as the WNBA’s sixth seed, though it’s anyone’s guess as to which Chicago team will show up. They’re perhaps the most volatile of 2021’s playoff teams; with playmakers like Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot and athletes like Diamond DeShields and Kahleah Copper, it wouldn’t surprise many to see Chicago make a run at a title, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Sky get eliminated early, either.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Dallas Wings

#70Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

Individual rankings:
Aneela #7, Eric #7

Dallas overcame a fair amount of adversity in 2021, making the playoffs at 14-18 in a big step for the young squad. It’s the best of both worlds for the Wings, who will gain valuable postseason experience while still drafting in the 2022 lottery, having traded for the Sparks’ 2022 first-round pick prior to the 2021 draft. Not many are expecting the Wings to go far in this year’s playoffs, though having dynamic shotmakers Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey competing in single-elimination scenarios will be exciting nonetheless.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


New York Liberty

#82New York Liberty

New York Liberty

Individual rankings:
Aneela #8, Eric #8

The New York Liberty have qualified for the WNBA playoffs! They are the eighth and final seed to advance to the WNBA playoffs despite not playing on the final day of the WNBA regular season. They have made the WNBA postseason for the first time in four years. After losing eight out of their last ten games in the regular season, they get a chance to prove themselves in the WNBA playoffs. They have to face the Phoenix Mercury on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Washington Mystics

#91Washington Mystics

Washington Mystics

Individual rankings:
Aneela #9, Eric #9

The Mystics were eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season, ending a 2021 campaign that never seemed ready for takeoff. While Tina Charles put up breathtaking scoring performances in her first year in Washington, Elena Delle Donne was never truly healthy and Emma Meesseman did not report to the team due to international commitments. We’ll see how the Mystics bounce back in 2021; given better health and a shrewd free agency period, they’ll be adding a draft lottery pick to a very talented core.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Los Angeles Sparks

#101Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

Individual rankings:
Aneela #10, Eric #10

The Los Angeles Sparks missed out on the WNBA postseason by losing a close game against the Dallas Wings on the road in their final regular-season game. Despite a big effort by Sparks superstar Nneka Ogwumike, they couldn't get it done. They also don't have a lottery pick and the Wings will get their pick in the lottery, which was a double loss. The Sparks need to regroup in the off-season and need to figure out their direction and what they plan to address it.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Atlanta Dream

#110Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

Individual rankings:
Aneela #11, Eric #11

The Dream went 1-2 in the final week of the regular season. They beat the Fever, lost to the Sparks in a close game, and lost to the Connecticut Sun in a blowout. They are also now locked into the WNBA draft lottery and have the second-highest odds to land the #1 draft pick for 2022. There are questions the Dream organization needs to answer this off-season and this off-season will prove to be very pivotal in terms of how they handle Chennedy Carter's suspension earlier this year. It looks like it will be a long off-season for them.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Indiana Fever

#120Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

Individual rankings:
Aneela #12, Eric #12

The Indiana Fever lost several players due to injuries the last weeks of the regular season and in the final week of the regular season, they lost to the Dream, the Lynx and the Sky. It was not easy for the Fever. They are now locked into the highest odds for the draft lottery next year and they could use some more help alongside Kelsey Mitchell and Teaira McCowan.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


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