Team of the week #4 / August 15 – August 21

The first month of the #Wubble is in the books!

We take a closer look at this week’s top performers from around the league. Let us know in the comments, if you agree and if not: Tell us who we should have included in our lineup.

Crystal Dangerfield has worked her way up the rookie ladder game by game. She looked a bit tentative in the beginning, but she grew into her starting role and has already established herself as a key player in Minnesota. Her ballhandling is impressive, her ability to pull up from three makes her tough to guard on the perimeter. The Lynx have gotten away with another steal in the draft, it seems. Dangerfield is synonymous with entertaining, high-paced modern basketball.

Courtney Vandersloot is the definition of a floor general. It’ll probably best to go with what Natasha Cloud wrote on Twitter: “Chicago goes as Sloot does. Her numbers are insane. As a fellow PG, I watch film on her. She can score in a multitude of ways, she sets her teammates up effortlessly, while shooting a crazy percentage and rebounding the ball.” Ah, there’s one thing I could add: No player has had a game with 15 points, 5+ rebounds and 15 assists before. Just impressive stuff.

Arike Ogunbowale is really good at scoring the basketball. What a great piece of analysis! But in all seriousness: The young Dallas guard now leads the league in scoring with 21.6 points after going on an absolute tear this week. Her efficiency has been going up, her relentless motor hasn’t slowed down even a bit. She went to the free throw line 20 times, converting on 19 of those attempts. If the shots continue to fall for her, she’ll most likely win the scoring title this season.

Napheesa Collier is stepping up big time for the Lynx in the absence of Sylvia Fowles. Last season’s ROY has made huge strides this season. After a slow start, she’s taken over the lead in Minnesota. She’s an aggressive rebounder, a great scorer and an overall very talented basketball player. We might be looking at a future league MVP, if she continues to grow as a player.

Myisha Hines-Allen continues to shine in a relatively bad Mystics season. The powerful forward is a dominant presence in the paint, but she’s dangerous from the perimeter as well. Hines-Allen’s combination of physique and finesse makes her incredibly tough to guard. She’s a frontrunner for MIP, as she’s accepted the challenge of a bigger role on a worse team.

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