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Thursday, June 13, 2024

High-Scoring Aces Could Dominate WNBA For Years

  • The Aces (7-1) tied the WNBA record for most threes in a game with 18 in a win over the Sparks.
  • Not only do they have the best record in the league, but they also have the most cap room.
Benjamin Hager/Las-Vegas Review Journal

The Las Vegas Aces seem to have the best of both worlds — they’re the best team in the WNBA but also have the most room to grow under new coach Becky Hammon.

In Monday’s 28-point rout of the Sparks, the Aces tied the WNBA record for most threes in a game with 18, a barrage led by star backcourt duo Kelsey Plum (5 3PM) and Chelsea Gray (4). The Aces (7-1) are averaging a league-high 93.3 PPG (746 total), per ESPN. 

And thanks to smart roster construction, they also have the most cap room in the league, giving them all the tools to win their first title and build a future powerhouse.

  • Despite owning the league’s fourth-highest payroll ($1.2M) and highest-paid coach ($1M) in WNBA history, the Aces currently have the most cap space ($57,468).
  • Vegas re-signed 2020 MVP A’ja Wilson last offseason for two years, $398,000. She won Western Conference Player of the Week in early May and dropped a season-high 24 points in Monday’s win.
  • The Aces also locked in Plum ($196,267) and Gray ($180,250), with the latter signing an extension just before the game.

The Aces are dominating teams under Hammon’s pace-and-space schemes. 

Vegas has made 10.6 threes on 41.3% shooting per game, both league-highs, and already have two games with 14+ threes — no other team has even one.

With a star backcourt, an MVP forward, and an innovative new coach, it’s no wonder the Aces have hometown oddsmakers bullish on their prospects to win it all — they’re the current favorites for the WNBA title (+290).

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