The Washington Mystics are 21-8 as of today, Tuesday, Aug. 27 and first in the WNBA standings. As long as they stay consistent and end up with a better regular season record than the 20-9 Connecticut Sun, Washington should finish the regular season with the top seed in this year’s playoffs.
In D.C. sports, we are conditioned to be skeptical of success and not believe anything until it actually happens. Case in point? The Capitals’ 2017-18 Stanley Cup run.
But the vibe around the Mystics just seems very different this season.
Elena Delle Donne became a more vocal leader this season. Multiple Mystics players, from Aerial Powers to Tianna Hawkins have stepped up when other key players like Kristi Toliver or Emma Meesseman missed time due to injury and international team commitments, respectively.
For most of the Mystics’ early history, they were a medicore-at-best team. In fact, the Mystics were the only WNBA team to have no Finals appearances until last season.
But now, the players on the Mystics are taking advantage of an injury-riddled Seattle Storm and a Maya Moore-less Lynx team to help make them among the WNBA’s top teams heading into this year’s playoffs.
The Mystics have made the playoffs multiple times in their history. But they still haven’t had a 25-win season. Washington previously had two 22-12 seasons in 2010 and 2018.
Washington hasn’t typically been a WNBA favorite, but under Mike Thibault’s leadership, thins have finally started to change around the perception of the franchise. Hopefully, the Mystics will get the job done this season.