After an exciting, competitive WNBA season, only two teams remain. The WNBA Finals are here and the Las Vegas Aces are taking on the Connecticut Sun.
The Aces were the top team in the league during the regular season, as they finished the season 26-10. The Aces earned the first seed of the WNBA playoffs and took on teams such as the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm to reach the finals. And with their 67-64 win on Sunday, the Aces took a 1-0 lead over the Sun.
The Sun were the third seed of the playoffs, and beat the Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky to get to the finals. With the ongoing series, there are a few players that fans expect big performances from. These players can impact the series and when it is all said and done, they can help their team win the championship. Here are three players to watch in the WNBA Finals.
1.) A’ja Wilson
A’ja Wilson is the Aces’ star forward. She is also the 2022 MVP. Wilson is the first player to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in the same season since former Storm forward/center Lauren Jackson won in 2007.
Wilson played well throughout the season and she has played just as well in the postseason. She is averaging 21.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in the playoffs, and in Game 1 against the Sun, she had 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Wilson is an exceptional player, and with her leading the way, the Aces could be on the verge of their first championship.
2.) Chelsea Gray
Chelsea Gray has had quite the playoffs. She averages 23.6 points and seven assists, while shooting 61 percent from the field. During the regular season, she averaged 13.7 points and 6.1 assists.
Gray has been the spark for the Aces when they’ve needed it most. She is not afraid of taking big shots and when her team is down, she finds a way to get them back in the game. Her performance in the playoffs has been incredible and as the series continues, the Aces will need her.
3.) Jonquel Jones
Jonquel Jones is one of the best bigs in the WNBA. At 6-foot-6, Jones is tough to guard. And with her ability to play in the post, as well as knock down 3-pointers, teams have trouble stopping her. Jones is averaging 14.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the playoffs. Her playoff stats are nearly identical to her regular season stats, as she averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the regular season.
Jones had a solid game on Sunday, when she had 15 points and nine rebounds. The Sun also had nice contributions from players like Alyssa Thomas (who had 19 points) and Brionna Jones (who had 12). The team played well overall, and as the series continues, it would not be surprising to see Jones have better performances. After all, Jones is a former MVP. If the Sun want to win a championship, Jones will be key.
The WNBA Finals feature two exceptional teams, and if these players continue to play well, fans are in for some exciting basketball.