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Besides Caitlin Clark, What’s Changed in WNBA?

All the eyes might be on rookie Caitlin Clark but even with the former Iowa star the second straight No. 1 overall pick to land in Indiana, there are four teams with better WNBA championship odds heading into the 2024 WNBA season.

Training camp begins later this month. The first preseason game is on May 3 when the Indiana Fever play at Dallas. The next day, Washington plays at Atlanta, Chicago is at Minnesota while Seattle and Los Angeles play a game in Edmonton.

Besides Caitlin Clark, What’s Changed in WNBA?
Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes/Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

The regular season starts with a tripleheader on May 14 beginning with the New York Liberty playing at Washington. Clark and the Indiana Fever open the season in Connecticut against the Sun at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2, which will also air the Phoenix-Las Vegas game at 10 p.m.

When looking at the WNBA futures odds, two-time defending champion Las Vegas is the favorite to win the WNBA championship followed by New York. Connecticut and Seattle are tied for the third-best odds.



The Champions


The Aces return their top seven scorers, led by former MVP A’ja Wilson. Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker give Las Vegas the best starting lineup in the WNBA.



Kiah Stokes and Sydney Colson are other veterans coming back.

Vegas added Syracuse guard Dyaisha Fair, Iowa guard/forward Kate Martin and Jackson State center Angel Jackson through the draft.

Las Vegas is priced at even money by the BetUS sportsbook odds to win a third straight title.


Ready to Take the Next Step?

New York reached the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2000 with new additions Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones, and Courtney Vandersloot joining Sabrina Ionescu and Betnijah Laney. All five of them are back as the Liberty have +225 odds to win it all.

Other than Kayla Thornton, it remains to be seen what the second unit will look like. With this being an Olympic year, don’t look for Marine Johannes this year. Nyara Sabally could see a larger role after averaging 7.9 minutes as a rookie.

There could be plenty of rookies in camp fighting for roster spots, including draft picks Marquesha Davis, Esmery Martinez, Jessika Carter, and Kaitlyn Davis.


The Other Contenders

The Connecticut Sun and Seattle Storm both come in at +1000 in the WNBA championship odds.

The Sun’s first-round pick was French guard Leila Lacan and it remains to be seen when she comes over to play in the WNBA.

Seattle didn’t have a first-round pick but did add former UConn guard Nika Muhl early in the second round.

Connecticut welcomes back post player Brionna Jones after she was limited to 13 games a season ago. She will again team up with DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas.

The backcourt will look much different with former UConn star Moriah Jefferson, Tiffany Mitchell and Rachel Banham all brought in to join DiJonai Carrington and Tyasha Harris.

Taiyanna Jackson will join a crowded frontcourt led by Bonner, Thomas and Jones as well as Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Astou Ndour.

Seattle added Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith to a group of returnees led by Jewell Loyd. There are seven players on the roster 6-3 or taller so this could be an interesting team to watch.


What About the Fever?

Building around reigning Rookie of the Year Aliyah Boston and Rookie of the Year front-runner Caitlin Clark is a good place to start.

Kelsey Mitchell and NaLyssa Smith were the top two scorers for Indiana a season ago and they are back. Erica Wheeler figures to move to the bench with the addition of Clark.

Are young guards Lexi Hull and Grace Berger ready to make bigger contributions?

Indiana is tied with Dallas at +2000 in the WNBA championship outrights according to the WNBA odds.



Wings To Take Flight?

Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally and Natasha Howard could form one of the best trios in the WNBA.

Dallas added first-rounders Veronica Burton, Maddy Siegrist, Stephanie Soares, Lou Lopez-Senechal and now Jacy Sheldon in the last three drafts. Even with its other 2024 first-round pick, Carla Leite, spending this season preparing for the upcoming Olympics, there is plenty of talent to work with.


The Best of the Rest

Phoenix (+3000) has Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner to build around with longtime Washington guard Natasha Cloud joining the mix.

Atlanta, Chicago and Minnesota are all tied at +5000.

Atlanta added Jordin Canada and Tina Charles to a team led by Rhyne Howard, Allisha Gray and Cheyenne Parker.

Chicago will build around rookies Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese while Minnesota added Courtney Williams, Natisha Heideman and Alanna Smith to a roster headlined by Napheesa Collier, Kayla McBride and Diamond Miller.


Work Still To Be Done

Los Angeles (+8000) won’t have an Ogwumike on the roster for the first time since 2011. Rookies Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson will be key pieces. With the departures of Nneka Ogwumike and Jordin Canada, Lexie Brown is the top returning scorer.

Washington (+8000) won’t have Elena Delle Donne or Natasha Cloud. Rookie Aaliyah Edwards is one of a host of former first-round picks



Questions Of The Day

Who has the best odds to win the 2024 WNBA championship?

Two-time defending champion Las Vegas has even odds to win another WNBA title followed by the New York Liberty at +225. The Connecticut Sun and the Seattle Storm are both at +1000.

When is No. 1 Draft Pick Caitlin Clark’s First Regular-Season Game At Home?

After opening the 2024 season with a game at Connecticut, Clark and the Indiana Fever will play New York in its home opener on May 16.

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