May 17, 2012
Atlanta last season: 20-14, 3rd place, conference champion.
Coach: Marynell Meadors.
Top players: G Angel McCoughtry (21.6), G Linsdey Harding (4.8 assists), F Sancho Lyttle (6.3 rpg.
The skinny: The two-time defending Eastern Conference champions want to take the next step this season. McCoughtry, one of the league¿s great offensive talents, will again lead the way. But center Erika de Souza [Brazil] will not join the team until after the Olympic Games end.