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For the second time in three seasons, the Minnesota Lynx were crowned champions of the WNBA. And for the second time in three seasons, it came at the expense of the Atlanta Dream. Lead by Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore, Minnesota sailed through the postseason, winning by an average of 12.3 points in the first two rounds and almost 20 points in the Finals. Are the 2013 Lynx, who became just the second team to sweep through the playoffs since the debut of the 3-3-5 format, the league's best ever championship team? Set your rankings below!

Best WNBA championship teams

1998 Comets

1998 Comets

Regular-season record: 27-3
Playoff record: 4-1

1999 Comets

1999 Comets

Regular-season record: 26-6
Playoff record: 4-1

2002 Sparks

2002 Sparks

Regular-season record: 25-7
Playoff record: 6-0

2005 Monarchs

2005 Monarchs

Regular-season record: 25-9
Playoff record: 7-1

2006 Shock

2006 Shock

Regular-season record: 23-11
Playoff record: 7-3

2008 Shock

2008 Shock

Regular-season record: 22-12
Playoff record: 7-2

2009 Mercury

2009 Mercury

Regular-season record: 23-11
Playoff record: 7-4

2010 Storm

2010 Storm

Regular-season record: 28-6
Playoff record: 7-0

2011 Lynx

2011 Lynx

Regular-season record: 27-7
Playoff record: 7-1

2013 Lynx

2013 Lynx

Regular-season record: 26-8
Playoff record: 7-0

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WNBA midseason awards

As the first half of the 2013 WNBA season comes to a close, it's time to think about the best the league has seen thus far. Does the league's second-leading scorer Angel McCoughtry deserve MVP honors? Which of the Three To See -- Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner -- is worthy of being crowned Rookie of the Year? ESPN.com WNBA writer Michelle Smith gave her picks and now its time for SportsNation to do the same.

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA MVP?

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      10%
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      43%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,353)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Rookie of the Year?

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      53%
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      19%
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      28%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,574)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Most Improved Player?

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      37%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,324)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year?

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      21%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,363)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Defensive Player of the Year?

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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,223)

  • Who gets your midseason vote for WNBA Coach of the Year?

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      25%

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The WNBA is set to tip off its 2013 campaign with the '3 To See' as the centerpiece of this summer's festivities. Will Skylar Diggins (Shock), Elena Della Donne (Sky) and Brittney Griner (Mercury) automatically help their respective teams improve on their less than stellar records from a season ago? Are the reigning champion Fever the early favorites to repeat as champions? Where do the defending Western Conference champion Lynx place?

2013 WNBA Power Rankings

Dream

Dream

Atlanta Dream
2012 record: 19-15

Fever

Fever

Indiana Fever
2012 record: 22-12

Liberty

Liberty

New York Liberty
2012 record: 15-19

Lynx

Lynx

Minnesota Lynx
2012 record: 27-7

Mercury

Mercury

Phoenix Mercury
2012 record: 7-27

Mystics

Mystics

Washington Mystics
2012 record: 5-29

Shock

Shock

Tulsa Shock
2012 record: 9-25

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

San Antonio Silver Stars
2012 record: 21-13

Sky

Sky

Chicago Sky
2012 record: 14-20

Sparks

Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks
2012 record: 24-10

Storm

Storm

Seattle Storm
2012 record: 16-18

Sun

Sun

Connecticut Sun
2012 record: 25-9

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The Lynx have become a consistent force in the WNBA, ending consecutive regular seasons as the league's top team. But that's not enough for Minnesota -- it wants to become the first team since the 2001-02 Los Angeles Sparks to win back-to-back titles. With a 16-1 home record this season and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, are the Lynx your favorite to win the 2012 title? Click on the photos below to submit your rankings!

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2012 WNBA playoff teams

Dream

Dream

Atlanta Dream
Record: 19-15
Eastern conf. 3-seed

Fever

Fever

Indiana Fever
Record: 22-12
Eastern conf. 2-seed

Liberty

Liberty

New York Liberty
Record: 15-19
Eastern conf. 4-seed

Lynx

Lynx

Minnesota Lynx
Record: 27-7
Western conf. 1-seed

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

San Antonio Silver Stars
Record: 21-13
Western conf. 3-seed

Sparks

Sparks

Los Angeles Sparks
Record: 24-10
Western conf. 2-seed

Storm

Storm

Seattle Storm
Record: 16-18
Western conf. 4-seed

Sun

Sun

Connecticut Sun
Record: 25-9
Eastern conf. 1-seed

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The 2012 WNBA regular season is coming to a close, and one of the biggest stories of the year was the Phoenix Mercury. A usual playoff staple, the Mercury have lost five straight games and seven of their past 10. This leads some fans and members of the media to believe they tanked the end of the season in order to gain a favorable draft position. Do you believe Phoenix deliberately lost games?


Lose now, win later?

The Mercury are in danger of ending the season on a seven-game losing streak. Are they purposely losing to gain a better draft position?

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Do you believe the Mercury intentionally tanked the season in order to gain a top pick in the 2013 draft?

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    69%
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Delle Donne or Wiggins?

There is little doubt that Brittney Griner will be the top pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, but who is the next best prospect?

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Other than Brittney Griner, which probable top three draft pick is the better prospect?

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    38%
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    62%

Discuss (Total votes: 2,795)


Room for one more

The Liberty and Sky are battling it out for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Which team will secure the position?

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Which team will earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference?

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    64%
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    36%

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Championship driven

The Lynx are the reigning WNBA champion and are primed to make it back-to-back title seasons. But will another team shatter their dreams?

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Which team will win the WNBA championship?

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    53%
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    18%
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    29%

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MVP hopefuls

Tamika Catchings is in the top 10 in points, rebounds and steals, but is that enough to earn her a second consecutive MVP award?

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Who should win the 2012 WNBA MVP award?

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    42%
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Discuss (Total votes: 6,204)

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