Posts by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the Seattle Storm and college basketball for The Next, while also writing for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student paper

Seattle Storm combo forward Stephanie Talbot holds her hands on her hips while looking down

Sources: Los Angeles Sparks signing former Seattle Storm forward Stephanie Talbot

February 1, 2023

Seattle’s supporting cast loses key shooter

Chicago sky big Azurá Stevens dribbles while posting-up Washington Mystics big Myisha Hines-Allen, as Stevens puts a hand on Hines-Allen's hip and starts to spin around her

The Offseason Matrices: The Next’s 2023 WNBA offseason and free agency tracker

January 20, 2023

The Next’s 2023 offseason and free agency tracker is here! WNBA contracts and team interests, cap sheets, trades, coaching changes, and more.

Seattle Storm big wing Breanna Stewart stands with her hands on her hips, photographed from a side angle.

The Next’s 2023 free agency projections, part 2: Unrestricted free agents

January 20, 2023

Where will Stewie sign? Our team predicts it all.

Storm point guard Sue Bird enters Entertainment and Sports Arena. She's wearing shades, gold chains, and a dark blue velvet shirt.

Seattle Storm to retire Sue Bird’s jersey in 2023

January 19, 2023

The Storm announced Thursday that they will be retiring Bird’s No. 10 jersey on June 11, 2023

Two images side-by-side. On the left, Dallas Wings wing Marina Mabrey dribbles the ball up the court. On the right, Seattle off-ball guard Gabby Williams points ahead while running up the court as teammates celebrate on the Storm bench to her right and fans celebrate beyond the baseline in the background.

The Next’s 2023 free agency projections, part 1: Restricted free agents

January 19, 2023

Projecting Pancake Gustafson’s landing spot and much more

Two pictures of 2023 WNBA draft prospects side-by-side: on the left, Aliyah Boston carries the ball as she strides past a defender and towards the rim; on the right, Stanford Cardinal big wing Haley Jones holds the ball by her midsections as she drives forward past the free-throw line while looking ahead

Who’s Next — The Next’s 2023 WNBA Draft Board, V1.0

November 7, 2022

The most detailed 2023 WNBA draft resource available outside a team’s actual war room

Four images of All-WNBA selections in a collage: on the top-left, a shot of Las Vegas point guard Kelsey Plum from behind, holding her follow-through as the ball falls through the hoop, with fans in the background celebrating but out of focus; on the top-right, Phoenix Mercury point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith drives from the key past Connecticut Sun combo guard Natisha Hiedeman, who is falling over towards her; on the bottom-left, Los Angeles Sparks big Nneka Ogwumike jogs up the court while pointing ahead; on the bottom-right, a shot of New York Liberty combo guard Sabrina Ionescu from behind, holding a finger up while looking out towards her teammates and Washington Mystics players

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: All-WNBA

September 14, 2022

The Next’s official 2022 WNBA awards wrapping up with All-WNBA

Two pictures side-by-side, of Seattle Storm big wing Breanna Stewart on the left and a smiling and jogging-upcourt Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson on the left

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: MVP

September 7, 2022

Our unofficial tally has Stewart-Wilson as close as it gets

Four pictures in a collage: on the left, Seattle Storm big wing Breanna Stewart, mid-air, leaps from under the rim to Dallas Wing big Isabelle Harrison and blocks Harrison's shot with her fingertips; on the top-right, Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson extends a hand up and out to deter a shot while keeping her back between Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles and the basket, as Fowles catches the ball just outside Wilson's reach; on the bottom-left, Connecticut Sun big wing Alyssa Thomas keeps a hand on the side of Washington big wing Elena Delle Donne while they jockey for post position

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: Defensive Player of the Year and All-Defense

September 2, 2022

Breanna Stewart rises to the top

Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones goes up towards the rim to shoot a layup

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: Sixth Player of the Year

August 31, 2022

Brionna Jones wins it in a walk