Chicago Sky: New coach James Wade helps lift up a last-place defense to somewhere around league-average
Just six years removed from his own international playing career, Wade quickly built up an impressive résumé as an assistant coach, earning rings with the two global dynasties of women’s basketball: the Minnesota Lynx and UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. His top priority in Chicago will have to be improving team defense. In 2018, the Sky’s rate of giving up 112 points per 100 possessions wasn’t just worst in the league — it was the worst of all-time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Sky are coming from too far back last year to realistically expect elite play in 2019. But a balanced approach to both sides of the floor could really unlock the potential on the Sky’s roster, which features a top-five pick from each of the last three drafts.