2021 WNBA Team Preview: Phoenix Mercury – WNBA.com

From one historic season to the next, the WNBA’s 25th season will begin on May 14th. The league will celebrate the 25th season with a campaign “Count It” and a distinctive and targeted logo of the 25th season. The WNBA will also celebrate how their players shattered expectations and have been at the forefront of progress, inclusion and social change for 25 years.

In the run-up to the season, WNBA.com will dissolve every team in the league. Next the Phoenix Mercury.

Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Brittney Griner are all healthy and ready to head into 2021 season is something Phoenix fans will look forward to this season.

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– Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) May 6, 2021

Review of the 2020 season

  • 13-9, 5th in the league
  • Lost in the quarterfinals to Minnesota

Out of season removals

Phoenix added Kia Nurse and Megan Walker to the roster during the free agency – both from the New York Liberty and both UConn Huskies. The team also re-signed 11-year-old WNBA veteran Kia Vaughn. Looking similar to last season, the Mercury now know they will have Taurasi for years to come after signing a multi-year deal this off-season.

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– Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) May 6, 2021

A big question in 2021

How good can this “Big 3” be? When Griner left the singles site after just one game, she was the Mercury’s leading scorer and rebounder. Taurasi, now 39, led the team at just over 18 PPG as she and Diggins-Smith brought together the burden of getting that team as far as possible. But with Griner back in the mix, along with other tracks like Brianna Turner, what’s the upper limit for this group? Phoenix can be as good as its “Big 3” assume.

WNBA Draft Ranking

Following the 2021 WNBA draft, Michelle Smith ranked each team’s draft decision. She rated Phoenix 11th out of 12 WNBA teams.

“With only one choice in 32nd place, the Mercury Center picked Texas A & M’s Ciera Johnson, but the numbers in this draft don’t suggest Johnson will be able to secure a spot on a roster, which will likely only be 11 players opening day, ”said Smith.

Where to see

Phoenix will take on Minnesota on Friday, May 14th at 9:00 p.m. CET on the CBS Sports Network.

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