Hot Takes: The Sun Is Up

What Fun Looks Like
Asked which team would be the most fun to watch this season, participants in the 2018 WNBA GM Survey overwhelmingly chose the Connecticut Sun. A big reason is the relentless offense of coach Curt Miller, who emphasizes pace and ball movement. The Sun currently lead WNBA in scoring average (96.3 ppg), made field goals (36.3 per game), shooting percentage (.522) and assists per game (24.3). The Sun became the first team in WNBA history to open the season with consecutive 100-point games, and six players are scoring in double figures.

She Does It All
After a breakout year in 2017, All-Star forward Alyssa Thomas is back at it again in 2018, averaging team highs of 16.3 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out 4.3 assists through three games. She had a career-high 17 rebounds in the season opener on May 20 against Las Vegas, and scored a team-best 21 points in the win over Indiana Saturday night. In between, she had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists against Los Angeles on May 24. Last year, Thomas averaged a career-high 14.8 points while also setting new personal bests for assists (147), made field goals (188), steals (52), rebounds (225), made free throws (114) and minutes (982). She led the Sun in assists and steals.

Guarded Optimism
Third-year guard Rachel Banham has looked confident since Day 1 of training camp, and appears ready for a big season. She had a career-best 14 points in the win over Indiana Saturday, and has made 4 of 8 three-point attempts through three games. Banham had a productive offseason playing in Australia, and worked hard on her fitness after returning to Minnesota prior to the start of camp. ​