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The 2008 WNBA season is tipping off Saturday, with the Los Angeles Sparks taking on the Phoenix Mercury. Before that, I will break down each team for the beginning of the season.

 

Atlanta Dream:

Dream

 

 

 

Projected Starters:

C - Katie Feenstra

PF - Kristen Mann

SF - Iziane Castro Marques

SG - Betty Lennox

PG - Ivory Latta

Head Coach: Marynell Meadors

 

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This Atlanta Dream team has the element of surprise working with them considering they are a expansion team. Most expansion teams struggle in their first few seasons in the WNBA, but that isn't the case here. They have enough talent to go around with Kristin Haynie, Ivory Latta, Betty Lennox, and rookie Tamera Young, who they selected in the first round of the draft. They have both potential combined with talent and veteran leadership. Castro Marques and Lennox are the players that can control where this team is headed this season. A fan-favorite in Atlanta will be Ivory Latta, who will receive more playing time than before. Don't expect the Dream to succeed this regular season, but with the development of their young players, they could potentially be a good team when all their players develop into fine WNBA players. The problem with them is that they haven't worked with each other for an extend period of time and so their chemistry isn't fully developed as a team.

 

Chicago Sky:

Sky

 

 

 

Projected Starters:

C - Sylvia Fowles

PF - Chasity Melvin

SF - Candice Dupree

SG - Armintie Price

PG - Dominique Canty

Head Coach: Steven Key

 

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There is a 3rd Candice in the WNBA, and her name is Candice Dupree. Dupree led the team in scoring while averaging 16.5 points. She also led the squad in rebounding and blocks (7.7 rpg and 1.24 bpg). Even though the Sky improved after last season, they are still a team in trouble of missing the playoffs again this season for one reason, they don't know where the scoring will come from. Even though they have Fowles and Dupree, they are both defensive minded players. They also include a great Rookie of the Year from last year, Armintie Price. She had a terrific season last year, posting 7.9 points and 2.9 dimes per game. Even with all these good players, Chicago needed more consistency and better shot selection. They shot a significantly worse percentage from the floor than their opponents. Hopefully, they can come together and work as a team to receive an above .500 record.

 

Up next.....Connecticut Sun and Detroit Shock.

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