Breaking down the L.A. Sparks

Updated: May 21, 2013, 7:38 PM ET
By Michelle Smith | espnW.com

The Sparks were second best in the West last season, but only by a hair.

So Los Angeles went and got better, deeper and more dangerous and now has to hope that it's enough to overtake Minnesota and newly powerful Phoenix.

Candace Parker, coming off the best season of her WNBA career, is back to make a run at not only a title but also league MVP honors.

She's complemented on the perimeter by a rejuvenated Kristi Toliver, who proved last year ...

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