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

Last updated: July 12, 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 is the top team in the WNBA standings and the reigning champions should feel good about themselves for their play. They have now played themselves into a final for the Commissioner's Cup and will face the Connecticut Sun in the final. The Storm went 2-1 this week. They beat the Los Angeles Sparks and split the two games against the Phoenix Mercury. The Storm's veterans (Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird) each made clutch plays down the stretch to ensure that the Storm walked away with the wins. In the game against the Sparks, it was Breanna Stewart who was making clutch shots down the stretch to seal the win. In the game against the Mercury, it was Sue Bird who hit a clutch basket in the final minute to seal the win for the Storm. The Storm have not missed a beat and the defending champions head into the pre-Olympic break with their heads held high.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Connecticut Sun

#21Connecticut Sun

Connecticut Sun

Individual rankings:
Aneela #2, Eric #3

The Sun are looking more like themselves again after holding New York to just 54 points in their final game before the Olympic break. Connecticut leads the WNBA in both offensive (35.6%) and defensive rebounding rate (74.6%), and while the team’s style of basketball may not be as pretty as that of Seattle or Las Vegas, it’s good enough for a 14-6 record and third place in the WNBA standings.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Las Vegas Aces

#32Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces

Individual rankings:
Aneela #3, Eric #2

Back-to-back losses against Phoenix and Minnesota earlier in the week currently represent the largest blemish on the Aces’ 2021 season, and at 15-6, there are certainly worse positions to be in. Las Vegas has one more game against both Connecticut and Minnesota after the Olympics; other than that, the team’s second-half schedule looks favorable, and the Aces will undoubtedly be in hunt for another top playoff seed down the stretch.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Minnesota Lynx

#40Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx

Individual rankings:
Aneela #4, Eric #4

The Lynx haven’t lost a game since mid-June and, despite being down several players in their rotation, sit at 12-7. Minnesota’s slow start to the season was disappointing, but the Lynx look like a completely different team now. Sylvia Fowles is making a solid case for yet another Defensive Player of the Year award, and if she comes home from the Olympics to a roster bolstered by the return of players like Aerial Powers and Natalie Achonwa, Minnesota will be favored to land a top-four playoff seed.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Chicago Sky

#50Chicago Sky

Chicago Sky

Individual rankings:
Aneela #5, Eric #5

At first glance, a 10-10 record heading into the Olympic break might be considered disappointing for Sky faithful. The team is far removed from the seven-game losing streak it endured early in the season, but it dropped a pair of winnable games prior to the break, once again raising questions about Chicago’s composure and playoff readiness. Regardless, the time off will serve the Sky’s veterans well, particularly Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, and Candace Parker; they’ll need to be well-rested if they’re going to make a second-half push against the WNBA’s better teams.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Phoenix Mercury

#63Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury

Individual rankings:
Aneela #6, Eric #6

The Phoenix Mercury went 2-1 in their last week before the Olympic break. They actually played very well against the likes of the Aces and the Storm. Despite not having Diana Taurasi, they were able to get contributions from Sophie Cunningham (before she went down with a concussion), Brianna Turner, etc. They also got solid performances from their stars in Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Although they lost their most recent game against the Storm, they lost in the final minute of the game and were able to get a big performance from Kia Nurse. The Mercury finish their pre-Olympic break just a game below .500, however, they should feel good about themselves because they will get Diana Taurasi and Sophie Cunningham back after the break.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


New York Liberty

#70New York Liberty

New York Liberty

Individual rankings:
Aneela #7, Eric #8

The Liberty started the week off strongly with a close win against the Dallas Wings but lost 2 straight games afterward to the likes of the Indiana Fever and the Connecticut Sun. They struggled in both games. Against the Fever, they shot 39.4% from mid-range and 26% from three. It wasn't pretty. It didn't get any easier for the Liberty when they faced the Sun in the next game. The Sun defended the Liberty extremely well and limited star Betnijah Laney to just three points. They also shot 30% from mid-range in that game which is worse than their previous loss. To top it all off, Liberty dealt with some airport travel delays that made this week a very hard work week. The pre-Olympic break could have not have come at a better time for the Liberty.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Washington Mystics

#80Washington Mystics

Washington Mystics

Individual rankings:
Aneela #8, Eric #7

Tina Charles is building a solid case for league MVP, though the Mystics remain below .500 (8-10) on the season and are on the playoff bubble. There’s no chance Washington wastes Charles’ monumental efforts by not doing everything it can to make the postseason, and hopefully players like Elena Delle Donne and Myisha Hines-Allen will be healthy enough to play after the Olympic break.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Dallas Wings

#93Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings

Individual rankings:
Aneela #9, Eric #9

The Wings hit the Olympic break as the WNBA’s ninth overall seed, and while their cumulative effort this season has been impressive enough to warrant a playoff appearance, the three consecutive games they lost prior to the break put them in a tough spot. Dallas will need to grow up in a hurry and win key games over top teams like Connecticut and Las Vegas if it’s going to crash the postseason party.

Summary written by Eric Nemchock


Los Angeles Sparks

#100Los Angeles Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks

Individual rankings:
Aneela #10, Eric #10

The pre-Olympic break could have not come at a better time for the LA Sparks. They have now lost six games in a row and went 0-2 this week. They lost to the Seattle Storm in a close game and to the Minnesota Lynx in a blowout. They are now in 11th place in the WNBA standings and the Dream shares the same record. It's just not pretty. Although they do get both Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike back after the Olympic break, they still have work to do. Nneka nor Chiney can solve all of Los Angeles's problems (shooting/defense) and it will be a tough road ahead for the Sparks if they can't address those issues first.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Indiana Fever

#111Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever

Individual rankings:
Aneela #11, Eric #11

Look out now, the Indiana Fever are on a roll! They have won three straight games and went 2-0 this week. They beat the New York Liberty and the Atlanta Dream. Five players scored in double figures in the win against the Liberty, led by Kelsey Mitchell's 20 points and 5 assists. In their next win, against the Atlanta Dream, they got a big double-double from Teaira McCowan who finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. They have the second-longest winning streak in the WNBA right now and they are just two wins away from moving out of 12th place in the WNBA standings. They ended their pre-Olympic break on a high note after a rough start to the season.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


Atlanta Dream

#121Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Dream

Individual rankings:
Aneela #12, Eric #12

The Atlanta Dream has a lot of internal issues to address after they announced that Chennedy Carter, a talented star guard was suspended from the team until further notice for her recent behavior towards the team. Tiffany Hayes is still out due to injury. Dealing with all of that can take a toll on the team on the court and it showed this week. They went 0-2 and lost to the Connecticut Sun and the Indiana Fever. Courtney Williams struggled this week and was held to 8 points in the loss against the Sun and 6 points in the loss against the Fever. They struggled scoring in their recent loss against the Fever and could have used both Carter and Hayes scoring ability in both games. The pre-Olympic break could have not come at a better time for the Dream. They have off-court player problems to address and a break could do some good for a team that has lost four in a row.

Summary written by Aneela Khan


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