The Storm won its second title in 2010
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Skills

The Storm’s lineup featured the perfect combination of offense and defense, starting with 2010 WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson. The Aussie native dropped 20.5 points (fifth best in the league) and grabbed 8.2 rebounds (eighth best) a night for the league’s top team. Jackson also averaged nearly a double-double (21.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg) in the playoffs. Dishing Jackson the ball much of the time was Sue Bird, whose 5.8 per game was the second best average among all players. Bird also wasn’t too shabby offensively, putting up over 11 points a game on the scoreboard.

But as hinted at before, Jackson and Bird weren’t the Storm’s only two major contributors. Forward Swin Cash (13.8 ppg), who was tough tasked with guarding both Diana Taurasi and Angel McCoughtry in the postseason, was the team’s second-leading scorer, while guards Camille Little (10.1 ppg) and All-Defensive First Team member Tanisha Wright (9.2 ppg) both also posted respectable offensive numbers.

The Storm’s starting five, which played 32 of 34 games together, was also tough to score on -- their opponents’ 73.9 points average was second best to the Washington Mystics (73.3). Seattle also plucked 1,234 total rebounds, right behind their Finals opponent, the Atlanta Dream (1,319) and Connecticut Sun (1,240).

Milestones/Achievements

There’s no greater accomplishment for any team or player than winning a championship. That’s exactly what the Storm did in 2010, sweeping their way past the Los Angeles Sparks (Semifinals), Phoenix Mercury (Conference Finals) and Dream (Finals) to capture their second title in franchise history.

The Storm, whose 28-6 record was six better than their closest competitor, won the West by a stunning 13 games. No other team in the conference managed a winning record thanks to Seattle’s dominant 20-2 record within. The team’s 21 wins at KeyArena, to go with zero losses, set a WNBA mark, as well.

On the player front, the aforementioned Jackson picked up three Player of the Month and five Player of the Week honors in 2010. That ran her P.O.T.W. total throughout her career to 19, a league record. It was also the second time in her career she’s won five of those honors; the other being 2007, when she picked up her second league MVP award. Speaking of MVP, Jackson was named both the league and Finals top player. She’s the fourth player to acquire both nods in a single season.

While Jackson and Bird among the league leaders in several stats, a number of their teammates also found themselves in the Top 10 of major categories, including Jana Vesela (54.7 FG%, 8th), Le’coe Willingham (53.8 FG%, 9th; 45.2 3pt%, 9th) and Little (1.6 spg, 7th; 4.5 apg, 10th).

Work History

There’s no denying the Storm’s supremacy this season. If someone said the word “win streak” to you between May through September, you’d think Seattle. They started off the season with stretches of four straight wins, five and then a league-best 13. That left them with a 22-2 record heading into August. That’s not even touching on the seven straight victories that left them with a clean sweep in the playoffs. The fact that all five starters had played together since 2008 has proved valuable. Since then, Seattle has had back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons, which translate into a 70-32 record. Head coach Brian Agler, the 2010 WNBA Coach of the Year, is due much of the credit since he also took the reins prior to the 2008 campaign. Agler actually coached Little in San Antonio in 2007, and he brought her to the Storm his first season in a deal with the Dream.

The Storm are perennial playoff contenders, with trips to the postseason the last seven years. 2010 was the first time in three seasons, however, that they had a healthy Jackson during their run towards a trophy. If Seattle’s roster stays intact, the perfect mix of veterans and youth, as well as talent, surely leaves them in a great position for an eighth straight trip, and certainly labels them as the team to beat in 2011.

Scott Stanchak



2008 Leaders


PPGLauren Jackson20.5
RPGLauren Jackson8.3
APGSue Bird5.8
SPGCamille Little1.52
BPGLauren Jackson1.19

Team Stats

Points Scored81.8(3rd)
Points Allowed73.9(2nd)
Field-Goal Percentage.445(5th)

History

Year Record Finish (Conf.)
2010 28-6 1st
2009 20-14 2nd
2008 22-12 2nd
2007 17-17 4th
2006 18-16 4th
2005 20-14 2nd
2004 20-14 2nd
2003 18-16 5th
2002 17-15 4th
2001 10-22 8th
2000 6-26 8th

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