WNBA 2020 season predictions: Who wins MVP? Which team wins the title?

Before the WNBA's 24th season opens Saturday (ESPN, noon ET) in the bubble at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, ESPN's panel of experts weigh in with their predictions for how the 2020 campaign will unfold. Which players will stand out? Which teams will lead the pack?

Analysts Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson, play-by-play announcer Pam Ward, ESPN's Katie Barnes, Graham Hays, Kevin Pelton, Ramona Shelburne and Mechelle Voepel, and The Undefeated's Sean Hurd cast their picks below.


Only one question -- who will hoist the trophy in October -- had a unanimous answer.

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Who is your preseason pick for MVP?



Barnes: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Hays: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Hurd: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Lobo: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Pelton: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Robinson: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Shelburne: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Voepel: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Ward: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Who is your preseason Rookie of the Year?



Barnes: Chennedy Carter, Atlanta Dream

Hays: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

Hurd: Chennedy Carter, Atlanta Dream

Lobo: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

Pelton: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

Robinson: Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings

Shelburne: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

Voepel: Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings


Ward: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

Who is your preseason Defensive Player of the Year?



Barnes: Natasha Howard, Seattle Storm

Hays: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Hurd: Ariel Atkins, Washington Mystics

Lobo: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Pelton: Natasha Howard, Seattle Storm

Robinson: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx

Shelburne: Natasha Howard, Seattle Storm

Voepel: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Ward: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury

Which five players will make the All-WNBA First Team?



Listed in positional order, one center, two forwards and two guards:

Barnes: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; Diamond DeShields, Chicago Sky; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky

Hays: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky

Hurd: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; Diamond DeShields, Chicago Sky; Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks

Lobo: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky; Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks

Pelton: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky; Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury

Robinson: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks; Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury; Diamond DeShields, Chicago Sky

Shelburne: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky; Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks

Voepel: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks; Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks; Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky


Ward: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm; A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces; Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks; Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings

Which teams will meet in the WNBA Finals?



Barnes: Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Hays: Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm

Hurd: Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Lobo: Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Pelton: Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics

Robinson: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Seattle Storm

Shelburne: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Seattle Storm

Voepel: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Seattle Storm

Ward: Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm

Which team will win the 2020 WNBA title?



Barnes: Seattle Storm

Hays: Seattle Storm

Hurd: Seattle Storm

Lobo: Seattle Storm

Pelton: Seattle Storm

Robinson: Seattle Storm

Shelburne: Seattle Storm

Voepel: Seattle Storm

Ward: Seattle Storm
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