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WNBA: Seattle Storm will win another title, GMs say

June 1, 2011 | 12:08 pm

Fifty eight percent of the 12 WNBA general managers predicted the Seattle Storm will repeat as champions, according to the annual survey of general managers, released Wednesday.

The Storm went 28-6 last season and swept the Sparks, Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream out of the playoffs en route to their second championship. The Storm returns defending WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Swin Cash and has added Katie Smith to its roster.

Other interesting tidbits from the survey:

-- The Phoenix Mercury was considered the most fun team to watch, with 66% of the votes.

-- The Minnesota Lynx, which drafted No. 1 pick Maya Moore, was voted most improved, with 50% of the votes.

-- Diana Taurasi was voted most likely to win MVP, with 33% of the votes.

-- Moore received 33% of the votes to win in the category of the player general managers would sign if starting a franchise today, edging both Candace Parker (17%) and Taurasi (17%).

Read more of the complete survey results. The Sparks, who play in the season opener against the Minnesota Lynx on June 3, were unanimously predicted to reach the Western Conference playoffs.


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Photo: Seattle Storm's Swin Cash, left, Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson pose for a photo during the team's media day event on Friday. Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press