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Washington Mystics Team Analysis

Overall team analysis involving the Washington Mystics

The Mystics’ playoff hopes are still alive, but their room for error is slim

Washington is tied with the New York Liberty for the No. 8 seed in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference.

The Mystics are in danger of missing the playoffs

After three consecutive losses to start the post-Olympic part of their schedule, the Mystics just aren’t going to have enough to compete successfully this postseason.

Here’s what the Mystics need to make a successful playoff push

The Washington Mystics are 8-10 and eighth in the WNBA. They need some key improvements and possibly a reinforcement to make a deeper run this season. Here are what Tina Charles and Ariel Atkins need to help make that push a successful one.

June Mailbag Answers Part 2

Here is the second part of our June mailbag.

June Mailbag Questions Part 1

Here is the first part of our mailbag for June 2021.

It’ll be tough to see the Mystics make a deep playoff run

Washington is not playing as well as we would like. Hopefully the guards can improve their shooting through the Olympic Break and that Elena Delle Donne returns so the team can be in position to make a bigger push in August.

Multi-site Washington Mystics preview (Part 2)

In the second part of a two-part preview, we give our predictions on how the Mystics will do on and off the court this season.

Three big questions for the Mystics this season

The Mystics enter this season with plenty of intrigue, so what will make the difference between a championship and disappointment?

Cloud re-signs with the Mystics

She will earn near supermax money over the next three years and be part of the team’s long-term future with Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins through 2023.

Mystics have more cap flexibility after Sanders’ retirement

The Washington Mystics will remain in good position to contend — and they will have more salary to work with. It’s still going to be tough

Atkins’ extension shows that the Mystics still look to the future

The contract is reportedly worth $345,000 with the first year’s salary at $170,000 and guaranteed

Mailbag Part 3: The Mystics’ title hopes and remaining free agency targets

In our third part of our mailbag, we answer your questions on the Washington Mystics.

The Mystics will be one of several 2021 WNBA contenders

The Mystics will be competitive this year among a group of top-tier teams that have also shuffled some of their stars.

Meesseman unlikely to return to Mystics until after Olympics

In addition, the Mystics hope to sign their remaining key free agents this week.

Clark’s enthusiasm for the Mystics increased while Powers’ waned

General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault gave a blunt analysis on how the Mystics signed Clark and decided not to retain Aerial Powers.

The Mystics will be fine, even without a draft pick next year

The Mystics currently don’t own any of their picks in April’s draft.

The Mystics persevered despite injuries and absences

The Mystics finished the regular season 9-13, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Phoenix Mercury.

2020 WNBA Finals Open Thread: What could a Storm title and dynasty mean for the Mystics?

If the Seattle Storm defeat the Las Vegas Aces for their fourth WNBA championship and their second in the last two years, I think we can safely call this team dynastic.

The Mystics’ playoff run stopped them from trading a lottery pick next year

The Mystics’ trade for Tina Charles involved giving the Dallas Wings their 2021 first round draft pick. The playoff run helped avoid a scenario where Washington could be giving away the top pick for next year.

The Mystics face an uncertain offseason ahead

There are just seven games left in the 2020 WNBA season for Washington. And the schedule isn’t looking very pretty. That sets the stage for an interesting offseason with many important decisions ahead.

Inside the Numbers: Sun 76, Mystics 63

What’s up with the Mystics’ decline in 2020?

Improvement from Myisha Hines-Allen hasn’t been enough to offset the decline of Emma Meesseman.

Hines-Allen could alleviate frontcourt free agency situation in 2021

It’s unlikely that the team can keep both Emma Meesseman and Tina Charles in 2021. With Hines-Allen having a strong 2020, that could help alleviate things since she’s still early in her career and on a rookie scale contract.

New Mystics additions revitalize team for second half

Emma Meesseman, Ariel Atkins and Mike Thibault are pleased to see the impact new additions like Stella Johnson, Sug Sutton and Jacki Gemelos are bringing to the team.

The Mystics can’t tank due to trading 2021 Draft pick

The Washington Mystics have gone on a long losing streak. Usually, that means a high draft pick next year. But due to the Tina Charles trade, that means that the Dallas Wings instead of the Mystics will stand to benefit. Therefore, Washington must keep fighting on.

The Wizards and Mystics remain winless in August

Washington’s NBA and WNBA teams are experiencing poor records in their Florida bubbles. For the Wizards, they largely came with a skeleton roster, but also didn’t exceed expectations. For the Mystics, the starters are slumping and the reserves are sorely lacking.

Is it time to worry about the Mystics?

Doesn’t look like running it back will be happening again...

Who is the better head coach? Mike Thibault or Cheryl Reeve?

Last month, I was part of a selection committee to help pick out a bracket of who the best head coaches could be.

3 Predictions for the 2020 Mystics season

In Emma Meesseman we trust! But this team is more than just her!

EDD, Mystics face tough decision after waiver denial

The 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Player has a tough choice to make on whether to play this season. We go over them below.

The Mystics’ top candidate for an arch-rival? The Aces!

Like the Washington Wizards, the Washington Mystics have generally been a mediocre-at-best team. But now that they’ve been contenders for awhile and are the defending champions, things are changing!

The 2010 Mystics were a big underdog and “what-if” story

The Washington Mystics had brief periods of relevance before their recent run of dominance. The 2010 team went 22-12 and won the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.