May 18, 2023 - Sports

Seattle Storm are suddenly without star power

Jewell Loyd shoots a basket with a view from above.

Jewell Loyd shoots against Sug Sutton the Phoenix Mercury. Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The superteam era has officially hit the WNBA, which kicks off its 27th season Friday with four games.

  • A crazy offseason full of former MVPs and All-Stars joining forces sets the table for what could be an epic summer of basketball.

Why it matters: The Seattle Storm enter this new landscape without a rudder after Sue Bird retired at the end of last season.

  • Bird's retirement felt like more than just a star hanging it up — it felt like the end of an era. One of the WNBA's greatest players of all time, Bird played all 19 of her seasons in Seattle and won four championships.
  • That's pretty significant considering the league is entering its 27th season.

What's next: The Storm also lost Breanna Stewart, arguably the best player in the league, in free agency. That would be a devastating offseason for any fan base, but especially for one accustomed to the postseason.

What we're watching: Former No. 1 overall pick and four-time All-Star Jewell Loyd has been the third star for most of her career. It would be rare for a player to make a leap to superstar in her ninth year, but Loyd might have a shot in the absence of Bird and Stewart.

The bottom line: This is a roster full of solid role players that might not have a linchpin. Strange times in Seattle.

Take a look at every WNBA team's chances at a 2023 title, ranked by their odds.


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