Angel McCoughtry is a certified bucket-getter. When she steps onto the court, it’s 20 points on your head whether you like it or not. The 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick and 19.6 points per game scorer in her career has agreed to sign with the Las Vegas Aces who are now the easy favorites to win the title.
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) February 10, 2020
Before I continue to salivate over this Vegas super team that’s forming, it’s important to point out that McCoughtry only played one game last season for the Atlanta Dream as she spent the year rehabbing an ACL injury.
Yes, McCoughtry is a five-team All-Star who has led the WNBA in scoring back in 2012 and 2013 but that was many moons ago. She’s missed two of the last three seasons and as much as I love watching her dominating basketball games, none of us can confidently say that she’s still capable of taking over a game anymore.
She’s only 33-years old so it would be foolish to say it’s a wrap for her especially after seeing her play on Team USA and still be a major contributor to the team including an 11 point performance against her alma mater Louisville.
I’m an open book here at Deadseriousness so I’ll admit when I may or may not have jumped the gun in the past. Last offseason, Las Vegas traded for Liz Cambage and I called them a super team that would automatically win the championship because Cambage and A’Ja Wilson would be unstoppable together.
Now, they made it to the Conference Finals before Emma Meesseman and the Washington Mystics bodied them OUT of the paint and marched their way to a WNBA title.
Liz and A’Ja were super awkward together on the court as they both struggled to have good games at the same time. Even with the spacing provided by Kayla McBride and Kelsey Plum’s perimeter shooting, the Twin Towers still sort of fumbled over each other and struggled to play well simultaneously.
They also moved in slow motion when battling against tall women that can make plays outside of the paint like Elena Delle Donne so the return of Breanna Stewart is uh, not great for the Aces.
But enter Angel McCoughtry, who can score from anywhere and get the ball in the basket when the play breaks down and the shot clock is expiring.
When the playoffs begin, it’s all about taking advantage of mismatches in the halfcourt and now Vegas has five players that can score. There will always be at least one mismatch at all times.
The Las Vegas Aces are winning the WNBA title and no one can tell me otherwise.
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