Welcome to Layup Lines, the NBA’s daily newsletter, where we’ll prepare you for information about tonight’s action, from things to watch to stakes. Subscribe here To get him Delivered to your inbox every afternoon
What’s good, family. It’s Sykes, again, with another version of Layup Lines. Let’s talk about the WNBA’s new All-WNBA voting system.
The league revealed a new system to get to know it Her best players on Friday. Previously, voters had to select the best player by position each year. You know how it goes – two guards, two strikers and a center. But under the new system that started this year, there are no more jobs.
Instead, a panel of 56 voting media members will choose the top 10 W players overall regardless of their position. This is a massive shift.
They made the change because of the league’s focus on centerless basketball, says Bethany Donavin, the WNBA’s chief of league operations.
“Our game continues to evolve. With a greater focus on spacing and speed of play, players have expanded their multifaceted skill sets. This change in the process allows us to celebrate the very best of the best in the future.”
This is huge, you guys. Voting for all of the WNBA is important. Yes, he recognizes the best players in the league, but that’s the effect on the small scale. on a single macro? These selections tell the story of the league that season. It is a documentation of where the league is at any given time.
Now, basketball has no place. There is skill everywhere. There is shooting everywhere. Teams roll out the best 5 player combinations and ask them to win. This is how basketball is played today across the sport. Naturally, the vote reflects that. The WNBA got it all right – again.
Their NBA counterparts can learn a thing or two here. If there’s one thing W will do, it’s innovate. They will make changes where they see the changes as needed.
They did Conferences behind the play-offs. They got rid of Individual Elimination Formula in the Early Playoffs. They have successfully launched Championship of the seasonR. And now they did this.
These are all things that they only discuss on the NBA side of things. Their biggest risk was the NBA Play-In Championship, mostly out of necessity due to the bubble state of the league.
Obviously, these are two different leagues in two different spaces. The NBA is 75 years old – W is only 26 years old. It is much smaller with a much shorter season, so making changes is a little easier.
But still, when it comes to innovation and creativity? W has a counterpart country mile beat. We hope one day you will start catching up.
Some NBA goodies from all over the USA TODAY Sports Network.
colleague Brian Kalbrowski gives an amazing interview with Jamal Crawford Today, it has a set of gems. But the thing that really surprised me was Crawford saying he could have played “a little longer” if he had known what he knows today earlier in his career.
And I just like… longer? Didn’t that dude fall down 51 points with The Sun at 38 years old? Here’s what he said about her.
“There are a lot of things I didn’t know I was giving to him and my team. It’s part of our routine. We feel ready for any movement that might come. When you’re on the field, you just react. When you’re young, you think you’ll never get hurt. You’re like: ‘You get hurt.'” ? You have just grown new muscle. I don’t get hurt.”
one to watch
(All possibilities via Normal.)
Sky (-6.5, -260) vs. Mystics (+6.5), O/U 159.5, 8 p.m. ET
It’s rare to see The Washington Mystics represent such a huge underdog, but they play literally the best team in the WNBA so it makes sense. But Sufis are also very hot. They have won 2 games in a row and have been 4-1 in the last 5 by beating the Aces. I’ll take Washington +6.5 tonight.
– He might be going Quiet on Britney Greiner’s forehead for a while, But don’t lose hope.
Watch Jason Tatum Preventing his son’s shot in oblivion.
Speaking of Tatum, here’s an extensive interview via Celtics Wire as he talks about C’s offseason.
That’s all I have, folks! I talk to you next week. Remember: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for public referrals to betting services. Tibico has no influence on any such revenue and is in no way dependent on or associated with newsrooms or news coverage. We see Tipico.com for terms and conditions. 21+ only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).