CANDACE PARKER IS BACK—SO IS SHERYL SWOOPES!—BUT THE BIGGEST STORY REMAINS ANOTHER MAJOR STORM BREWING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The Dream had the scorers; now the Eastern champs have, in Harding, the playmaker to get them their looks.
Point guard Lindsey Harding, acquired in a trade with Washington, gives the 2010 Finals runner-up a proven floor general who can get the ball to the Dream's many scorers.
The Fever lost in the opening round of the playoffs, but the addition of All-Star center Tangela Smith—a two-time champion with Phoenix—should help the team go deeper in '11.
Losing Anne Donovan (who left to coach at Seton Hall) was a blow. Adding John Whisenant (who led Sacramento to a league title in '05) more than makes up for it.