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June 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM

WNBA General Managers polled…Storm and Sue Bird tops

StormFan.jpgIt’s preview week and so far only Slam Magazine doesn’t have the Storm as favorites to repeat. In the basketball magazine’s hardcopy issue for July 2011, Phoenix will when the championship (keeping with the “odd numbered years winning trend,” capturing the title in 2007 and 2009). And 2009 MVP Diana Taurasi is the female G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time).
Well, ESPN and the WNBA general managers saw it a little differently. The complete survey from the league isn’t due out until this afternoon, so I’ll update that here, but a sneak peak reveals 58 percent of the GMs believe the Storm is “most likely to win” the WNBA Finals. New York Liberty second with 17 percent of the votes.
For the fourth consecutive year, Storm All-Star Sue Bird was selected as the best point guard with 92 percent of the vote and she received 50 percent of the vote when selecting the player who’s “best at making her teammates better.”
Half of the 12 general managers selected the Storm’s Brian Agler as its best coach, the league not revealing specific voters or whether you can/cannot vote for yourself. Which could explain the last tidbit in a lengthy survey — 91 percent think the Storm has the best home court advantage.
Now, by my math, that’s 11 out 12. Agler had better been restrained from voting for KeyArena because no other place has a running 17-game win streak, 21 if you count being the first team to sweep through the postseason. So, who’s second? Madison Square Garden, which won’t be in use for at least a season due to renovation?
*PHOTO CREDIT: Storm fan cheering at KeyArena by The Seattle Times

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