Experts' Predictions for 2004

ABC and ESPN analysts Rebecca Lobo, Ann Meyers and Nancy Lieberman as well as the WNBA.com staff weigh in with their predictions for the WNBA in 2004, and pretty much the only thing that's clear is that sometimes it's hard to just pick one...

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Tamika Catchings: No one wants to guard her because she goes so darn hard on every single possession. She's tough to slow down and almost impossible to box out.
Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Sheryl Swoopes - those are the best three in the world right now.
Lisa Leslie
Swin Cash is ready to make the leap. Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Leslie are pretty good as well.


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Diana Taurasi: She'll be the rookie asked to do the most on the team with the most room for improvement.
Diana Taurasi is already the leader of that team. And they will be good.
Diana Taurasi
We're going to be different here and go with... Diana Taurasi


EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Detroit Shock
Other teams: Charlotte, Indiana, Washington
This will be tight since every team got stronger, but Detroit is the team to beat.
Other teams: Charlotte, New York, Washington
Detroit Shock
Other teams: Charlotte, New York, Indiana
No one had the Detroit Shock last year. No one has the New York Liberty this year.
Other teams: Detroit, Indiana, Washington


WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Los Angeles Sparks
Other teams: Sacramento, Seattle, San Antonio
With the Los Angeles Sparks, you know what you are getting: Lisa Leslie
Other teams: Houston, Minnesota, Phoenix
Los Angeles Sparks
Other teams: Sacramento, Seattle Houston
Delisha Milton-Jones' knee aside, there is nothing not to like about the Los Angeles Sparks
Other teams: Seattle, Minnesota, Sacramento


2004 WNBA CHAMPION

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Detroit Shock
Detroit Shock
Los Angeles Sparks
Los Angeles Sparks


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Asjha Jones: She's ready to play consistently at this level.
Kelly Miller: She's ready to play consistently at this level.
Cheryl Ford
Kelly Miller - let her shoot!!


MOST IMPROVED TEAM

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Washington Mystics
Phoenix Mercury
Washington Mystics
Washington Mystics


COACH OF THE YEAR

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Michael Adams
Carrie Graf, Suzie McConnell Serio, Brian Winters
Suzie McConnell Serio


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

REBECCA LOBO
ANN MEYERS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
WNBA.com
Sheryl Swoopes
Catchings, Swoopes, Leslie, Cash, Deanna Nolan and Tina Thompson - how's that for an entire Defensive Team?
Lisa Leslie



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