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SECAUCUS, N.J., May 13, 2008 — Like every Tuesday during the season, it's time for the latest edition of the WNBA.com Power Rankings. And given that the regular season hasn't started yet, speculation reigns supreme in this week's list. Of course, team outlooks have been affected by offseason moves (Seattle), nagging injuries (Indiana) and the return of a legend/the No. 1 pick in the draft (Los Angeles). It's still early, but this is the way we'll tip off the season.

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2008 WNBA.com POWER RANKINGS: Preseason edition
TEAM (last regular season ranking)
W/L
NOTES
1 0-0 Lisa Leslie comes back from a year off to have a baby. The Sparks win the lottery -- literally -- and select do-everything superstar F/C/G Candace Parker with the top pick in the draft. Yes, the Sparks tied for the worst record in the league last year, but if only one of these had taken place, Coach Michael Cooper's bunch would still have shot up in the rankings. But they get both the WNBA's all-time greatest center and the player many think may eventually supplant her as the best ever? Not to mention DeLisha Milton-Jones, a seemingly healthy Temeka Johnson and another year under the belt for Sidney Spencer? On paper, that sounds like the No. 1 team in anyone's book.
2
0-0 Bill Laimbeer's bunch won the title in 2006, won the East and were a win away from a second straight in 2007 and didn't lose any of its core -- except for Swin Cash -- heading into 2008. Deanna Nolan, Cheryl Ford, Katie Smith and Kara Braxton are all back and hungry for revenge after losing Game 5 of the Finals at home. Yes, Ivory Latta and Katie Feenstra are off to Atlanta, but the Shock did add rugged veteran wing Sheri Sam and former No. 1 pick LaToya Thomas to the mix. Also new to the Motor City are first-round picks Alexis Hornbuckle and Tasha Humphrey who just add to the team's already solid depth. Expect them to be atop the East.
3
Phoenix (2)
0-0 It might seem harsh to put the defending champions third, especially with Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter both coming off huge winters overseas, but the loss of Penny Taylor until after the Olympics is a big one. Sure, free agent signings Le'Coe Willingham and Barbara Farris to go along with Tangela Smith will help fill the void in the post, but they simply don't seem to fit as well with the Merc's run-and-gun style of play. Look for Dee and CP to be even more involved on the offensive side of things, but defense is still huge in the WNBA. They'll have to hold down the fort until Penny shows up.
4 0-0 Many were surprised when Dan Hughes' squad of puzzle pieces from random teams came together so quickly in 2007, but the fact that the Silver Stars reached the Western Conference Finals says two significant things about this team. (1) Dan Hughes is a good coach. (2) This is a team full of good players. And nothing has changed about that fact heading into 2008. Becky Hammon returns to lead the way, while former teammate in New York, Ann Wauters, returns from overseas to join the squad. With a healthy Erin Buescher, this is a team designed to go deep into the playoffs.
5
0-0 No other team made as many big-time moves this offseason as Seattle, as Sheryl Swoopes, Swin Cash and Yolanda Griffith were all added to a mix that already included stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird. But several questions remain: (1) How will new coach Brian Agler mesh the multitude of stars at his disposal? Not all of them can score 20 points a night. (2) How much time will Jackson miss to train with her native Australia for this summer's Olympics? She shouldn't miss that much, but it could make the difference between making the playoffs and not. (3) Can the veteran-laden Storm stay healthy for the whole season? The recent injuries to Swoopes, Cash and Griffith suggest that this could be an issue. Still, if they stay healthy, this is a team to be reckoned with in the West.
6
0-0 The health of all-everything forward Tamika Catchings is still very much in question looking ahead to the start of the season, but if Catch is deemed healthy, the Fever will be among the East's elite teams. The addition of Katie Douglas is huge to Indiana on both the offensive and defensive ends. In fact, with Tully Bevilaqua joining Douglas on the perimeter, Indiana may have the league's toughest defense. But with Catchings iffy, Tammy Sutton-Brown and youngsters Tan White and Alison Bales will have to take on bigger roles.
7
0-0 All five starters are returning to coach Patty Coyle's 2007 squad as Loree Moore, Erin Thorn, Shameka Christon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and league MIP Janel McCarville will all strive to improve on last year's improbable playoff run. And with the addition of first-round picks Essence Carson and Erlana Larkins to the mix, along with the continued development of Jessica Davenport and Tiffany Jackson, they look to be building something big in the Big Apple.
8
Chicago (10)
0-0 The addition of No. 2 overall pick Sylvia Fowles immediately makes the Sky an improved team from 2007. And given that they finished just two games out of the playoffs, the postseason is definitely within range for new coach/GM Steven Key. Especially with another year under the collective belts of Candice Dupree and 2007 Rookie of the Year Armintie Price, the Sky will be a team that surprises some people in 2008.
9 0-0 The loss of legendary center Yolanda Griffith and young forward DeMya Walker loom rather large in Sacramento this season, though the Monarchs will still be in the playoff mix. Rebekkah Brunson has the skills to be a bona fide star and Nicole Powell returns to help her out on the wing. Kara Lawson may have to step up her game, whether she joins the starting lineup or remains the first player off the bench. And it remains to be seen whether first-round pick Laura Harper will immediately be thrown into the fire as a starting post player at this level. Whether or not she succeeds this season could have a significant impact on whether or not the 2005 champs return to the postseason.
10 0-0 These aren't your parents' Sun! In fact, coach Mike Thibault's crew will look vastly different than they did even last season. Gone are perennial All-Stars Katie Douglas (traded to Indiana), Nykesha Sales (injured) and Margo Dydek (just had a baby) and in their places are names like Tamika Whitmore, Amber Holt and Ketia Swanier. With terrific holdovers like Asjha Jones and Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut will be in the playoff chase, but a lot will depend on how quickly rookies Holt and Swanier are able to contribute.
11 0-0 The Mystics will be in the running, once again, for a playoff berth in the East, but they simply didn't make the moves that their Eastern rivals did this offseason. Getting Taj McWilliams-Franklin for Milton-Jones during training camp adds some rebounding and defense to the less-than-powerful front line, but scoring could remain an issue in Washington. Alana Beard is an All-Star and will likely be headed to Beijing to join the Olympic Team if she remains healthy, but there are questions at the point with Nikki Teasley having left the team. Nakia Sanford must continue to develop at the five for Tree Rollins to reach the postseason for the first time.
12
Minnesota (12)
0-0 Candice Wiggins will add some much-needed scoring punch to the Lynx and will complement All-Star Seimone Augustus nicely at the off guard position. But the loss of point guard Lindsey Harding hurts this young squad and once again forces Noelle Quinn into the role of floor leader. Quinn was up to the task last season, but there are still growing pains to be felt. Nicole Ohlde will likely be more productive at power forward, but she needs to do more scoring and boardwork for Minnesota to compete with the rest of the very tough Western Conference.
13
Houston (11)
0-0 Tina Thompson is still among the league's superstars, but she needs some help. Michelle Snow is still looking for a breakout campaign at the professional level and Sancho Lyttle continues to develop. In the backcourt, Tamecka Dixon remains a solid scorer, but her best days are behind her. The same can be said for Shannon Johnson, whom the Comets snagged off the free agent wire this winter, but both Dixon and Pee Wee should help in the development of rookie guard Matee Ajavon, who has impressed during the preseason, and last year's first-round pick Ashley Shields.
14
Atlanta (NA)
0-0 Congratulations, Atlanta! You have your WNBA team! But sorry, they're going to struggle. Betty Lennox and Ivory Latta are capable scorers, but they take (and miss) a lot of shots. Katie Feenstra is a solid post player, and youngsters Camille Little and rookie Tamera Young should be very solid players in this league, but this team simply doesn't have the talent level yet needed to compete for a playoff spot.
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