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Ranking The Five-Best WNBA Games In 2022

After what was arguably the league’s most successful season ever, the anticipation for the 2022 WNBA season is at an all-time high. So what other way to keep building on that momentum than by releasing next season’s schedule? That’s what the WNBA chose to do last Thursday, so fans of the league can now start planning their schedule around next season’s tip-off on May 6th.

Make no mistake: the W will provide plenty of action every night, but here are the five absolute can’t-miss games for the 2022 WNBA regular season.

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Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks on May 6th

It’s opening night, and not only will we see the hometown hero (Candace Parker) and home team (Chicago Sky) receive their rings at home, but they’ll do so in front of Parker’s former team, the Los Angeles Sparks. When Parker and guards Kahleah Copper and Courtney Vandersloot square off against former MVP Nneka Ogwumike and Erica Wheeler, it’s the definition of must-see TV.

Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces on May 6th

Besides having a massive amount of star power between the two of them (Diana Taurasi, A’ja Wilson, Liz Cambage, and Brittney Griner), the Mercury and the Aces are battle-tested. Their match-up on opening night will be a fitting sequel to their epic playoff battles last year, when the Mercury upset the second-seeded Aces in a decisive Game Five on the road in the semifinals.

Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury on May 31st

Fewer things scream “must-see TV” more than a rematch of the previous year’s Finals. For both the Mercury and Sky, this is a substantial measuring-stick kind of game and it’ll have a playoff-atmosphere as a result.

New York Liberty vs. Seattle Storm on June 19th

Even though the Eastern and Western Conference competitors will be facing each other for the third time at this point of the season, the date of this matchup gives it more importance. With three weeks remaining before the All-Star break, will Sabrina Ionescu and the upstart New York Liberty be able to build on their gains of last season? Will the Storm remain their usually competitive selves, despite Sue Bird’s potential retirement? When the Liberty and the Storm square off, it’ll be a fascinating barometer for who these teams are and who they may become.

Dallas Wings vs. Las Vegas Aces on August 4th

Lost in the noise of last year’s playoff race, the Dallas Wings snuck in as the seventh-seed because of their late-season play. Guard Arike Ogunbowale is coming off of three consecutive seasons with at least 18 points per game, and this game is likely to help determine the Wings’ playoff push– especially with the season concluding ten days later.

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Yes, Drake Should Own A WNBA Team

Whether it’s releasing No. 1 albums (Certified Lover Boy) and creating successful brands (October’s Very Own) or being the inspiration for some of social media’s most memorable memes, musician Drake has impacted everything in sports, music, and fashion. But the Toronto, native’s most significant impact yet could come in the form of ownership. On Wednesday (Nov. 3rd), Drake interacted with the WNBA on his Instagram story by saying, “I need a Toronto team.”

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Sports and WNBA fans alike immediately reacted to this by imagining the possibility that the league created a team in Toronto, with Drake as one of its owners. Ever since becoming a musical superstar after the turn of the last decade, the Certified Lover Boy musician has proudly represented his hometown. Between being a global ambassador of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and hosting his annual, star-packed OVO fest there for nine consecutive summers, Drake’s love for Toronto is well-documented as it has more chapters waiting to be written.

Fueling even more speculation about the prospect of a WNBA franchise in Toronto, Drake posted on Instagram a picture of himself and Las Vegas Aces star center, Liz Cambage.

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The two’s friendship has been known for years as Drake not only shouted out Cambage while rapping on Travis Scott’s 2018 smash hit, “Sicko Mode” but congratulated her after she set a WNBA record for most points scored in a game with 53 against the New York Liberty during that same year.

Even though most major sports leagues in America are reluctant to actually expand, the WNBA genuinely considers it. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert confirmed the league’s interest in adding more teams to the league during her press conference during this year’s WNBA Finals.

“The data looks like it’s going to read out some interesting information for us to start having exploratory discussions with certain cities,” Engelbert told reporters. “Make sure that we can find great ownership groups to support a WNBA team and great fan bases. So that’s why I think looking at how those cities are already supporting the WNBA, whether it’s viewership, merch sales, or other things or whether they’re supporting women’s sports or women’s college basketball are great indicators of how it would get supported if a WNBA team were to go in that market.”

If there’s any market that has proven to be successful, it’s Toronto, and with Drake’s presence and willingness to contribute, the WNBA could have a relatively easy move to the 416 if they chose to do so.