Another regular season is almost in the books. But before the 2014 WNBA playoffs open Thursday, espnW's Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel name their winners for the league's regular-season awards, including MVP and Rookie of the Year.
It began with her WNBA coach Dan Hughes putting in a good word with Gregg Popovich -- perhaps Becky Hammon could peek her head into a few Spurs practices, he wondered. A year later, Hammon is a groundbreaking sports coach. How did that happen?
The Mercury have set the standard this season. But with the return of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus, Minnesota finally has all five of its starters on the floor again for the first time since last fall's WNBA Finals.
There are things in life you can see coming from a mile away -- and other things that catch you by surprise. Sometimes it's a good surprise. Sometimes it's not. Michelle Smith takes a look at the expected and the unexpected so far this WNBA season.
She was one of the most dominant NCAA players of the past decade, but Courtney Paris struggled to find a spot in the WNBA. Five seasons after being drafted No. 7 overall, she's a regular starter for Tulsa.