Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seattle Storm: Brief Expectations

by Jackson Safon

The Seattle Storm have been a model of consistency, making the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, which is a league record. This mark could come to an end this season however. I won’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to the WNBA, but what I do know is that losing your two best players is never good. That’s exactly what has happened with this year’s Storm team. Lauren Jackson, former MVP, is recovering from hamstring surgery this winter and Sue Bird, all-star point guard, just recently had knee surgery. Both will be out for a pretty decent amount of time, and considering there are only 34 games in a WNBA season, any and all games missed are important.

Both Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are out this year due to injury. 

With these two players out, the team will be in the hands of second year forward, and former second overall pick, Shekinna Stricklen. The Storm had to give up the popular Swin Cash and a first round pick in order to acquire the second overall pick in order to pick Stricklen. Now, with their two best players out, Stricklen will be thrust into a leadership role earlier than expected. Like I said, I am not an expert, so I won’t pretend to be, but with the Storm going 16-18 last year, and having their two best players out, I think this could be the first time in ten years that they don’t make the playoffs.

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