Finishing the 2019 season with an 18-16 record, the Minnesota Lynx qualified for the WNBA Playoffs for a ninth consecutive season which marks the longest current streak. Although the Lynx were eliminated in Round 1 of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs, they will return much of the same lineup and look to make another playoff push in 2020.
Considering this, let’s take a look back at the Lynx 2019 season in review.
Leaders: Points (Sims, 14.5); Rebounds (Fowles, 8.9); Assists (Sims, 5.4); Steals (Collier, 1.9); Blocks (Fowles, 1.4)
Rookie Of The Year
Selected sixth overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Napheesa Collier made her presence known from the get-go. In her first game of the season, Collier dropped 27 points and six rebounds, setting the tone early for what would become an impressive rookie season. Collier averaged 13.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.6 APG and 1.9 SPG while helping the Lynx secure a playoff berth. In her first career playoff game, Collier shined, posting a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) and tacking on three assists and two steals. Collier was awarded 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year and headlined the 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team. It seems the Lynx have found a franchise cornerstone in Collier.
Sims Breaks Out
A sixth-year veteran, Odyssey Sims broke out in her first season as a member of the Minnesota Lynx. Sims (14.5 PPG) averaged double-digit points for the first time since 2016, while also recording a career-high 5.4 APG. Sims’ 14.5 PPG and 5.4 APG were team-highs in 2019. For the first time in her career, Sims received a spot on the 2019 WNBA All-Star Team and earned All-WNBA Second Team honors. After starting in 38 of 65 games in 2017 and 2018 with Los Angeles, Sims started all 34 games this season with Minnesota. In a year where most of the attention was centered around Minnesota’s Rookie of the Year, Sims exceeded expectations and proved to be the team’s strongest offseason acquisition.
A 4x WNBA Champion, 6x WNBA All-Star, 5x All-WNBA First Team, and 1x WNBA MVP, Maya Moore has established herself as one of the greatest players in league history. In February, however, Moore announced via The Players’ Tribune that she would sit out the 2019 season in order to focus on family and ministry dreams. For Moore, this move was focused on living out her purpose off the court. During her time away from basketball, she spoke about criminal justice reform and fought for a prisoner who she believed was wrongfully convicted.
Heading into the 2020 offseason, the Lynx will bring back much of the same roster that brought them their ninth consecutive playoff berth in 2019. Boasting an exciting and budding superstar in Collier, the Lynx will certainly look forward to watching her progress this upcoming season. With Collier, Sims and veteran center Sylvia Fowles already in the mix, the Lynx have a solid core to rely on. If Moore returns, the Lynx will have the looks of an even stronger title contender. Outside of their already talented roster, the Lynx hold the sixth pick in the WNBA Draft for a second straight year, the same overall selection they had last year when they took Collier.