The new era of WNBA basketball is similar to the one we experienced in the NBA for much of the past decade. When superstar forward Kevin Durant famously left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors and pair up with Steph, Klay, and Draymond, the NBA super team era was officially underway.
Fast forward a few short years and we are starting the same era but this time in the WNBA.
Candace Parker heading to the defending champion Las Vagas Aces to team up with reigning MVP A’ja Wilson automatically makes the Aces even more of a force in the West and a huge threat to repeat as champions of the league. Across the country in New York, the Liberty created one of the most stacked WNBA teams in recent memory adding Breanna Stewart to their already solid team which includes the young superstar, that is Sabrina Ionescu.
The question that many people in DFW are left with is “Can the Dallas Wings keep up in this new superteam era?” Today we’re gonna break it all down.
To start off it’s easy to establish the fact that the Wings have their own superstar player that’s needed to win a championship and that’s Arike Ogunbowale. The former national champion at Notre Dame averaged 19.7 points in 30 games with the Wings last season. The question that remains is “Can Arike reach her full potential while playing efficiently and keeping her other teammates involved”?
In my opinion, the Dallas Wings have one of the best frontcourts in the entire WNBA. With the team bringing back both Satou Sablly and Tiera McCowan and adding in 15.1 per game scorer Natasha Howard, Dallas’ front court is gonna be a force to be reckoned with this season.
One major question that I have about this team for the upcoming season is ‘How will Diamond Deshields come in and play the point guard position?”. If Deshields can come in and have a career season this year, there is no doubt that the Wings are going to be much improved in 2023.
I don’t think there is any doubt that the Dallas Wings have the right pieces in place to keep up with some of the best teams in the WNBA. Sure, they will need their young players to continue to develop and play to their highest potential but the right pieces are certainly in place.
At the end of the day, this Dallas Wings team probably won’t be winning the 2023 WNBA championship but this is definitely a playoff-caliber team and once you make it into the playoffs there is no telling what can happen in the wide world of sports.