Are the Las Vegas Aces a championship-caliber team?
It might not seem like it, especially after the loss of Kelsey Plum and Liz Cambage at the start of the 2020 season, but the team has really put in a great effort and strung together a string of good games. In fact, between going 6-2 in their first eight games of the season and currently ranking second in their division, it looks like the Aces are poised for another playoff run.
You might find that hard to believe after they were eliminated in the playoffs last season by the Washington Mystics, but the team seems to have learned from their previous shortcomings and are putting together a better on-court game. A few of their players are having MVP-caliber games on a nightly basis, yet another sign that these women are playoff-bound.
For example, A'ja Wilson is averaging 21.0 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game and has racked up ten steals so far this season. Another player who is having a fantastic season is Angel McCoughtry, who is averaging 15.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and a whopping seven blocks. These two women are on fire right now and could very well run the board this season.
And then there's Deanrica Hamby, who is far from being the team's leading scorer, but has still managed 12.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds, and 12 steals in eight games. Unfortunately for the Aces, they don't have many playmakers beyond these three women, and their supporting cast has put up subpar numbers at best. Hopefully, someone else can step up to take the load off of these three amazing women, but if they can't there will be problems come playoff time.
Hopefully, this doesn't serve as a jinx to this promising team, but another injury could end up derailing their season. For example, if something were to happen to A'ja Wilson or Angel McCoughtry, the team would pretty much be up a creek without a paddle and be an easy target for elimination from the playoffs.
If McCougthry and Wilson are somehow able to stay healthy, however, this could be one of the Aces best chances to win a championship in their franchise history. That's not something that comes along very often, and with the chaotic nature of the 2020 season so far, it looks like the Las Vegas Aces are going to make some noise in the playoffs.
In the end, the Las Vegas Aces haven't gone up against the crèam of the crop yet this season, and while that will be their true test as a playoff-caliber team, the results they have shown before are promising. This is all happening without several key players on the court, which means that the Aces are much better than what their 6-2 record reflects.