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The 2016 WNBA season is the 20th season for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. The season tipped off on May 15.[1] The Sparks finished with a record of 26–8, second in the Western Conference (and the league as a whole), and advanced to the WNBA Finals, which they won, three games to two, against the Minnesota Lynx. It was the team's first title since 2002.[2]

2016 Los Angeles Sparks season
CoachBrian Agler
ArenaStaples Center
Attendanceper game
Results
Record26–8 (.765)
Place2nd (Western)
Playoff finishChampions
(Defeated Minnesota Lynx 3-2)
Media
TelevisionTime Warner Cable SportsNet
ESPN2, NBATV

Contents

WNBA DraftEdit

The Sparks made three selections in the 2016 WNBA Entry Draft in Uncasville, Connecticut:

After selecting Talia Walton, the Sparks waived her on May 11, 2016. The Sparks also waived draft pick Whitney Knight on August 30, 2016.[3]

RosterEdit

Los Angeles Sparks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
G/F 0   Beard, Alana 6' 1" (1.85m) 160 lb (73kg) 05-14-1982 Duke 12
F 10   Belyakova, Evgeniya 6' 0" (1.83m) 150 lb (68kg) 06-27-1986 Russia R
G/F 17   Carson, Essence 6' 0" (1.83m) 163 lb (74kg) 07-28-1986 Rutgers 8
G 23   Dabović, Ana 6' 0" (1.83m) 157 lb (71kg) 08-18-1989 Serbia 1
F 28   Dubljević, Jelena 6' 3" (1.91m) 179 lb (81kg) 05-07-1987 Montenegro R
G 12   Gray, Chelsea 5' 11" (1.8m) 170 lb (77kg) 10-08-1992 Duke 1
F/C 7   Gruda, Sandrine 6' 4" (1.93m) 185 lb (84kg) 06-25-1987 France 4
C 42   Lavender, Jantel 6' 4" (1.93m) 185 lb (84kg) 11-12-1988 Ohio State 5
F 30   Ogwumike, Nneka 6' 2" (1.88m) 174 lb (79kg) 07-02-1990 Stanford 4
F/C 3   Parker, Candace 6' 4" (1.93m) 175 lb (79kg) 04-19-1986 Tennessee 8
G 20   Toliver, Kristi 5' 7" (1.7m) 130 lb (59kg) 01-27-1987 Maryland 7
C 21   Wauters, Ann 6' 4" (1.93m) 193 lb (88kg) 10-12-1980 Belgium 8



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
  Brian Agler (Wittenberg)
Assistant coaches
  Tonya Edwards (Tennessee)
  Amber Stocks (Cincinnati)
Athletic trainer
  Courtney Watson (California)
Strength and conditioning coach
  Kelly Dormandy (Springfield College)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

WNBA roster page

StandingEdit

Western ConferenceEdit

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 - Minnesota Lynx 28 6 .824 - 15–2 13–4 15–1
2 - Los Angeles Sparks 26 8 .765 2 14–3 12–5 11–5
7 - Seattle Storm 16 18 .471 12 10–7 6–11 7–9
8 - Phoenix Mercury 16 18 .471 12 11–6 5–12 6–10
e - Dallas Wings 11 23 .324 17 6–11 5–12 8–8
e - San Antonio Stars 7 27 .206 21 4–13 3–14 1–15

Game logEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

2017 pre-season game log
Total: – (Home: –; Road: –)
2017 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2017 playoff game log
Total: – (Home: –; Road: –)
2017 playoff schedule

The Sparks qualified for the 2016 playoffs, and, as the team with the second-best regular season record in the WNBA, received two automatic byes, advancing straight to the best-of-five semifinal.

 
First round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 21)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Sept. 24 and 25)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 28 – Oct. 6)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Oct. 9 – 20)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Minnesota Lynx
3
 
 
8
Phoenix Mercury
0
 
 
 
 
 
3
New York Liberty
94
 
 
 
8
Phoenix Mercury
101
 
5
Indiana Fever
78
 
 
 
8
Phoenix Mercury
89
 
1
Minnesota Lynx
2
 
 
 
2
Los Angeles Sparks
3
 
6
Atlanta Dream
94
 
 
 
7
Seattle Storm
85
 
4
Chicago Sky
108
 
 
6
Atlanta Dream
98
 
 
 
 
 
2
Los Angeles Sparks
3
 
 
4
Chicago Sky
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Note: Teams re-seeded after second round and semi-finals.

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3
1
Minnesota Lynx
113 96 82
8
Phoenix Mercury
95 86 67
Team 1 2 3 4
2
Los Angeles Sparks
95 99 66 95
4
Chicago Sky
75 84 70 75
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Minnesota Lynx
76 79 75 85 76
2
Los Angeles Sparks
78 60 92 79 77


StatisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Regular seasonEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

Recipient Award Date awarded Ref.
Candace Parker Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Candace Parker Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Week
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Month June
Nneka Ogwumike Player of the Month July
Nneka Ogwumike
Candace Parker
Jantel Lavender

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Sparks WNBA Basketball - Sparks News, Scores, Videos - College Basketball - ESPN". espn.go.com. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ With 3.1 Seconds Left, Los Angeles Sparks Seize W.N.B.A. Title
  3. ^ Sources: Sparks waive rookie Whitney Knight. Retrieved October 2, 2016.

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