WNBA power rankings 2024: Aces reign supreme, but can Caitlin Clark transform Fever into playoff team?

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After a long offseason, the 2024 WNBA season is finally here, and the excitement around this year's campaign is understandably high.

Reigning Finals MVP A'ja Wilson and the Aces are looking for a third consecutive title while reigning league MVP Breanna Stewart and the Liberty are eyeing the throne. Elsewhere, the new-look Storm could enter the superteam conversation, and the Fever's young duo of Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clark will look to get their team ahead of schedule.

Before the action tips off, here's a look at power rankings for the 2024 WNBA season.

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WNBA power rankings 2024

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1. Las Vegas Aces

2023 record: 34-6

What championship hangover? The back-to-back defending champions are looking to make it three in a row after winning 42 of 49 games in 2023. Finals MVP A'ja Wilson is still the league's best player, the starting unit also features Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young, and the team has revamped its supporting cast with rookies Dyaisha Fair and Kate Martin. Somehow, Las Vegas might be even better than it was last year.

2. New York Liberty

2023 record: 32-8

After falling two wins shy of the 2023 WNBA title, the Liberty are back with a year of familiarity under their belts. New York won 32 games last year, and its starting lineup of Courtney Vandersloot, Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney-Hamilton, league MVP Breanna Stewart, and Jonquel Jones were still learning one another. With less of a learning curve this time around, expect the Liberty to get out to a fast start.

3. Connecticut Sun

2023 record: 27-13

Connecticut boasts one of the league's deepest rosters, adding Moriah Jefferson and Tiffany Mitchell to a roster headlined by the veteran duo of DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas. The Sun came up short in last year's semifinals but showed plenty of fight and reason to land third to start the season.

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4. Seattle Storm

2023 record: 11-29

With the offseason additions of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike, the Storm have one of the most talented rosters in the league. And while Diggins-Smith and Jewell Loyd have familiarity from their time at Notre Dame, it will take some time for the team to jell. If they do, they could jump into the top two at some point this year

MORE: Predictions for the 2024 WNBA season

5. Dallas Wings

2023 record: 22-18

With 2023 Most Improved Player Satou Sabally likely out until after the Olympic break, Dallas begins the season with a massive void. That puts even more on the plate of Arike Ogunbowale, who averaged a league-high 37.2 minutes per game in 2023. Expect the Wings to move up as the season goes on.

6. Minnesota Lynx

2023 record: 19-21

The Lynx's splashy offseason included a trade for Natasha Hiedeman, the signing of Alanna Smith and Courtney Williams, and the drafting of Alissa Pili. Add that to the returning core of Napheesa Collier, Dorka Juhasz, Kayla McBride, and Diamond Miller, and Minnesota will be a fun team with an intriguing ceiling.

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7. Indiana Fever

2023 record: 13-27

Come for Clark's rookie campaign and stay for her inevitably fun pairing with 2023 Rookie of the Year Aliyah Boston. Indiana has the makings of a team that will get better as the season goes on, giving a glimpse of what could be the next WNBA dynasty built around generational talents.

MORE: Meet the Indiana Fever roster surrounding Caitlin Clark

8. Phoenix Mercury

2023 record: 9-31

Plenty is happening in Phoenix, and it's unclear whether it will work. The Mercury have a new head coach in Nate Tibbetts and made offseason moves to add Natasha Cloud and former Finals MVP Kahleah Copper. That said, it's Year 19 for Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner was in a walking boot during the team's preseason finale. It feels like the Mercury are starting the season off at a disadvantage.

9. Atlanta Dream

2023 record: 19-21

After a quick first-round exit in 2023, the Dream's offseason included moves to acquire guard Jordin Canada and future Hall of Fame center Tina Charles. With Atlanta, it all starts with Rhyne Howard, who looks to build upon an impressive playoff debut in which she scored 57 points in two games.

10. Chicago Sky

2023 record: 18-22

The new era in SkyTown won't be as exciting as initially believed, as No. 3 overall pick Kamilla Cardoso will miss the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury . Still, first-year head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and rookie Angel Reese should give fans something to be excited about.

MORE: How Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso form a dominant frontcourt duo

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11. Los Angeles Sparks

2023 record: 17-23

There's a talented roster in Los Angeles, but it will take some time for the pieces to align. No. 2 overall pick Cameron Brink brings generational defense and No. 4 overall pick Rickea Jackson is a natural scorer, but the Sparks will experience some growing pains with seven new players on their opening day roster.

12. Washington Mystics

2023 record: 19-21

Elena Delle Donne's decision to sit out of the 2024 season sent shockwaves throughout the W, so her absence will certainly be felt in the nation's capital. The Mystics' season should be about the growth and development of sixth overall pick Aaliyah Edwards, who has real star potential.

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Gilbert McGregor is an NBA content producer for The Sporting News.