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Washington Mystics Team Analysis

Overall team analysis involving the Washington Mystics

It’s fine that the Mystics don’t have a 20 ppg scorer this season

Greater depth should help Washington improve offensively this season.

Previewing the 2022 Mystics season

Delle Donne and a new-and-improved roster could propel the team back to title contention. But injury concerns remain

Is Tina Charles leaving Washington a loss or not?

The best results sometimes come with making hard decisions...

Mystics look to reset for 2022 with a pain-free EDD

If most things work out according to plan, the Mystics could be a dark horse championship contender, especially with a healthy Delle Donne. But after two consecutive mediocre seasons, it is understandable that many fans are wary.

The Mystics need more post depth and to move on from Meesseman

Whether it’s through the draft or free agency, the Mystics need to address their power forward and center situation, fast. But they also must move on from one of their long-time faces.

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It's time for the Mystics to rebuild

Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen are a good foundation to start with. but there otherwise isn't much to write home about with the Mystics.

Mailbag Part 3: Do the Mystics need to rebuild?

Here is the third and final part of our October mailbag.

The EDD trade of 2017 wasn’t as lopsided as we thought after all

The Chicago Sky kept Stefanie Dolson and Kahleah Copper after trading Delle Donne for them in 2017. Both of whom ultimately became major contributors of their 2021 WNBA Championship team. Copper also won the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP award.

What contributed to the Mystics’ downfall?

From wins to losses...

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.