WNBA Power Rankings for the 2018 season. Updated weekly.

Last updated: August 14, 2018 | : Change in power ranking since last week

Seattle Storm

#1 0 Seattle Storm

The Storm played 4 games this week, and went 3-1 to keep a couple games ahead of the Dream in the league standings and locking up at worst the #2 seed and a double bye to the semi-finals. They won back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday on the road against the Liberty and Fever, as expected. The road trip hit a snag however when they lost big in Washington against Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics. The Storm rebounded though on Sunday night as they won in Minnesota for the first time since 2010. That is certainly the mark of a whole new Seattle Storm team and how the season has gone. They will wrap up the regular season with games against New York and Dallas this week. With one win they will lock up the #1 seed for the playoffs.


Atlanta Dream

#2 0 Atlanta Dream

Here comes the Dream! With one week left in the regular season, the Dream have won six straight games and have won a franchise-best 22 wins. They are now firmly in a great position to lock up the second seed.


Washington Mystics

#3 2 Washington Mystics

The Mystics have won six straight games and look primed to grab the third overall seed. Elena Delle Donne was named Player of the Week and is one of the MVP contenders heading into the last week of the regular season


Connecticut Sun

#4 0 Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun (17-12) not only clinched a playoff spot last week, but ended Chicago’s slim postseason hopes with a win over the Sky on Sunday. The Sun currently hold the #4 seed and own the tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Sparks (currently #5), who they will play in the last game of the regular season. Before that, Connecticut will play the sputtering Dallas Wings and the seesawing Minnesota Lynx and have a chance to move into the #3 seed.


Los Angeles Sparks

#5 2 Los Angeles Sparks

The Sparks are in a tight race that no one saw coming. Instead of competing for a top two seed, they are now fighting for a top-four seed. The Sparks went 1-2 this week and need to finish on a high note as they are fifth because the Connecticut Sun hold the tie-breaker.


Phoenix Mercury

#6 0 Phoenix Mercury

The Phoenix Mercury (16-14) managed to move up to the #6 seed with a much-needed win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. They have a chance to move up to a higher seed through a combination of a challenging Los Angeles Sparks upcoming schedule (they currently hold the #5 seed) and Phoenix’s final regular-season games against the white-hot Atlanta Dream (#2 seed) and the already eliminated New York Liberty.


Minnesota Lynx

#7 0 Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx have had a roller coaster season and hold the seventh seed even though they went 2-1 last week. Lindsay Whalen announced her retirement which means the Lynx are going to want to end her career on a high note. They also announced that Danielle Robinson would be sidelined indefinitely which hurts Minnesota in the backcourt. It’s going to be an emotional week for Lynx fans when they face both Connecticut and Washington this week.


Las Vegas Aces

#8 2 Las Vegas Aces

The Las Vegas Aces (12-17) may manage to squeak into the playoffs (they are currently at #9) by virtue of the #8-seeded Dallas Wings’ extended streak of woes but run the risk of getting bounced in the one-and-done first playoff round. Las Vegas finally won a game last week, but it was against the last-ranked Indiana Fever; they have not had a quality win since July 19, when they beat the Phoenix Mercury. The Aces will face the New York Liberty (eliminated but still a challenge), Dallas Wings (a must-see desperation game), Minnesota Lynx (defending champs), and Atlanta Dream (#2 seed) in the final week of the regular season. Bless their hearts.


Chicago Sky

#9 0 Chicago Sky

The Sky, while they have played better as of late, were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. It’s the second straight postseason they’ll miss under Amber Stocks. There are still plenty of reasons to watch this team for the remainder of the regular season, though; Courtney Vandersloot, in particular, is just six assists shy of breaking Ticha Penicheiro’s single-season record of 236, set back in 2000.


Dallas Wings

#10 2 Dallas Wings

Oh, how far the Wings have fallen! They have now lost eight straight games, Fred Williams resigned / was fired and now are only one game ahead of the Aces for the final playoff spot. The upcoming Friday night game against the Aces will be one to watch.


Indiana Fever

#11 0 Indiana Fever

After their first actual winning streak of the season, the Fever came crashing back down to earth, getting blown out in three straight games by Seattle, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Indiana is now just 5-26 on the season - the worst record in the WNBA - but the schedule shows no sympathy. They’ll finish the season on a back-to-back, which will be their second in as many weeks.


New York Liberty

#12 0 New York Liberty

New York went 0-3 this past week to fall to 7-23 on the season. They first lost on Monday to the #1 Storm, then lost another heartbreaker 82-81 against the Sparks on Wednesday. Things only got worse on Sunday when Tina Charles scored twenty points in the first half against Atlanta but only managed six points in the second and they went on to lose their 9th game in a row. I have to question if they will even win another game all season. With four games left they play the Sparks, the surging Aces, the Storm, and the Mercury. It will be interesting to see how well or how badly they close out the regular season.