Latest WNBA stats as we near the midway point of the season …
Team ORating---------------------Seattle 104.5Phoenix 103.4Indiana 103.3Los Angeles 97.9Detroit 97.3Minnesota 97.1Washington 97.0Sacramento 97.0Chicago 96.8Connecticut 96.2San Antonio 95.7Houston 94.2New York 93.4
What a strange distribution. There are three elite offensive teams in the league – the Storm, Phoenix and Indiana. Then the difference between them and anyone else is larger than the difference between fourth and 13th (last).
New York’s offense is really struggling. The Liberty miss Erin Thorn’s outside shooting very, very, very badly right now. Los Angeles was part of the elite group when we last did this exercise two weeks ago. The Sparks miss Chamique Holdsclaw, but unlike Thorn, she’s not coming back.
Team DRating---------------------Sacramento 90.6Indiana 90.9Detroit 92.6San Antonio 95.1New York 96.3Seattle 99.2Connecticut 99.2Chicago 99.2Phoenix 99.3Los Angeles 99.8Washington 101.0Minnesota 104.4Houston 105.1
Another strange distribution. There are several distinct groups. Sacramento and Indiana are elite, Detroit is a slight bit off that pace, San Antonio and New York are above-average and Minnesota and Houston are bad. Everyone else is right about the same. The Storm’s Defensive Rating has shown tremendous improvement since the last time we looked at these numbers. Holding New York to 53 points has a way of doing that.
Again, the standings based on expected wins (as calculated from point differential):
WEST ExpW EAST ExpW------------------ ------------------Sacramento 22.3 Indiana 26.3Seattle 20.4 Detroit 21.5Phoenix 20.2 Chicago 14.5San Antonio 17.4 Connecticut 14.2Los Angeles 15.8 New York 14.1Minnesota 12.9 Washington 13.9Houston 8.3
The Fever is far and away the league’s top team with Detroit slipping lately. In the East, while the official standings show Washington and Connecticut well back off the back, differential shows them as right with Chicago and New York.
Of course, it’s worth noting that one lopsided victory can have a big impact on point differential.