The WNBA season is just days away from the halfway point as the best talent from each conference will meet in the All-Star game next Saturday.
About halfway through the season, the Las Vegas Aces are looking like early contenders after several years of landing among the league’s worst teams.
But the Aces, formerly the San Antonio Silver Stars, pulled off a trade that was the equivalent of using a SlotsMillion Promo Code. They traded Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and their 2020 first and second-round draft picks for all-star center Liz Cambage, who they have paired with sophomore sensation A’ja Wilson.
The addition has legitimized the Aces as a threat in the Western Conference and the WNBA in general as they already had some young talent and needed a veteran to help guide them.
Along with Wilson and Cambage, the Aces have had great seasons from Kayla McBride, who will be an All-Star, and Dearica Hamby, who has made major strides this season.
Bill Laimbeer’s team is 11-6 on the season, with only the Eastern Conference’s Connecticut Sun having a slight edge of one win.
People are starting to catch on to the rapid rise of the Aces as well. SLAM Magazine recently featured Wilson and Cambage as their cover athletes for their most recent issue. Never mind the fact that two WNBA players were featured in SLAM, but gracing the cover is another thing altogether, especially when the magazine also features Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zion Williamson.
“It’s insane. I remember SLAM did a little piece on me back in Australia…and now I’m on a cover,” Cambage says. “It’s just showing you where the women’s game is going and how much more respect and love for the game there is now.”
If that wasn’t enough, Las Vegas is the host city of the All-Star Game and the Aces will have three starters on the Western Conference team with Cambage, Wilson, and McBride.
Before the All-Star Break, the Stars will have games against the Seattle Storm on Tuesday and Cambage’s former team, the Dallas Wings on July 30.
The Wings have not been as successful sans Cambage, as they are floundering at 5-14 and last place in the Western Conference. Much of that could be due to the fact that all-star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith has been out all season, as she announced before the season that she was pregnant. Jefferson also has yet to play a minute for the Wings and Harrison has been inconsistent, making the Aces out to be the winners of the trade so far.
There’s still a whole half-season of basketball left to be played, but the Aces’ patience with the development of their young players and their willingness to pull the trigger on a big trade is looking like it could finally pay off this season.