Defending champ opens as favorite

Preseason picks favor Seattle in West, Indiana and Atlanta in East

Originally Published: June 2, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Can Seattle win back-to-back WNBA championships? Considering the Storm brought back all the key components from a title winner and added Katie Smith, Seattle certainly did all it could to pave the way for a repeat. So, yes, we are picking another trip to the top of the Space Needle for the Storm flag and to the top of the WNBA for the Seattle players in 2011.

But as Seattle point guard Sue Bird said of feats in the women's basketball world, "To be completely honest, winning the WNBA ...

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