2018 WNBA season
The 2018 WNBA season was the 22nd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Minnesota Lynx are the defending champions. The regular season began on May 18, with the Phoenix Mercury hosting the Dallas Wings. The season ended with the Seattle Storm defeating the Washington Mystics 3-0 in the WNBA Finals. This was the third championship for the Storm. Seattle's Breanna Stewart was named regular season and finals MVP.
|2018 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 18 – September 12|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick||A'ja Wilson|
|Picked by||Las Vegas Aces|
|Season MVP||Breanna Stewart (Seattle)|
|Eastern champions||Atlanta Dream|
|Eastern runners-up||Washington Mystics|
|Western champions||Seattle Storm|
|Western runners-up||Phoenix Mercury|
|Finals champions||Seattle Storm|
|Finals MVP||Breanna Stewart (Seattle)|
- 1 2018 WNBA Draft
- 2 Transactions
- 3 Arena changes
- 4 Regular Season
- 5 Playoffs
- 6 Season award winners
- 7 Coaches
- 8 References
2018 WNBA DraftEdit
- On August 21, 2017, Plenette Pierson announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Pierson played 15 seasons and won three championships with the Detroit Shock and Minnesota Lynx.
- On February 3, 2018, Jia Perkins announced her retirement from the WNBA. Perkins played 14 seasons and won one championship with the Minnesota Lynx.
Free agency negotiations began on February 1.
|Team||2017 season||2018 season|
|Seattle Storm||Gary Kloppenburg||Dan Hughes|
|New York Liberty||Bill Laimbeer||Katie Smith|
|Las Vegas Aces||Vickie Johnson||Bill Laimbeer|
|Atlanta Dream||Michael Cooper||Nicki Collen|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Dallas Wings||Fred Williams||Taj McWilliams-Franklin|
In addition to the relocated Las Vegas Aces, two other teams announced permanent moves to new arenas for the 2018 season.
- The Chicago Sky moved from Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont, Illinois to the newly opened Wintrust Arena at the McCormick Place exhibition center on Chicago's Near South Side. The move was initially announced by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, owner and operator of McCormick Place, on July 25, 2017. The Sky did not make their formal announcement until February 2, 2018.
- The New York Liberty announced on February 8, 2018 that they would move their primary home from Madison Square Garden, where they had played since the league's first season in 1997, to the Westchester County Center in suburban White Plains, New York. The team planned to play 15 of its 17 home games in White Plains, with the remaining two at the Garden.
The 2018 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the Minnesota Lynx on July 28 at the Target Center. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm. This is the first time the Lynx have hosted the annual event. This season a new selection format was used. Fans, coaches, media and players would all vote for players to be selected to the All-Star Game. The top 22 players receiving votes based on this weighting will be selected to the All-Star Game. There was not a restriction on number of players from one conference. The top 2 vote getters were captains of the two All-Star teams and selected their teams from the pool of remaining 20 players. The 22 All-Stars were be revealed on July 17, 2018. Rosters will be revealed on July 19, 2018.
|Team Delle Donne 112, Team Parker 119|
|Scoring by quarter: 27–31, 23–23, 34–24, 35–34|
|Pts: Moore, Quigley 18
Rebs: Four players 8
Asts: Diggins-Smith 8
|Pts: Toliver 23|
Rebs: Three players 6
Asts: Bird 8
|1||Atlanta Dream (2)||23||11||.676||–||13–4||10–7||12–4|
|2||Washington Mystics (3)||22||12||.647||1||12–5||10–7||12–4|
|3||Connecticut Sun (4)||21||13||.618||2||13–4||8–9||9–7|
|4||e – Chicago Sky||13||21||.382||10||7–10||6–11||6–10|
|5||e – New York Liberty||7||27||.206||16||4–13||3–14||6–10|
|6||e – Indiana Fever||6||28||.176||17||2–15||4–13||3–13|
|1||Seattle Storm (1)||26||8||.765||–||13–4||13–4||11–5|
|2||Phoenix Mercury (5)||20||14||.588||6||9–8||11–6||8–8|
|3||Los Angeles Sparks (6)||19||15||.559||7||11–6||8–9||9–7|
|4||Minnesota Lynx (7)||18||16||.529||8||9–8||9–8||9–7|
|5||Dallas Wings (8)||15||19||.441||11||10–7||5–12||7–9|
|6||e –Las Vegas Aces||14||20||.412||12||8–9||6–11||4–12|
- (#) – Conference Standing, Playoff Seeds shown to the right of team name
- x – Qualified for playoffs
- e – Eliminated from playoffs
The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2018 regular season.
|Points per game||Liz Cambage||Dallas Wings||23.0 PPG|
|Rebounds per game||Sylvia Fowles||Minnesota Lynx||11.9 RPG|
|Assists per game||Courtney Vandersloot||Chicago Sky||8.6 APG|
|Steals per game||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx||1.7 SPG|
|Blocks per game||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||2.6 BPG|
|Field goal percentage||Sylvia Fowles||Minnesota Lynx||61.9% (237–383)|
|Three point FG percentage||Briann January||Phoenix Mercury||47.0% (77–182)|
|Free throw percentage||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||92.5% (172–186)|
|Points per game||Team Stat||Connecticut Sun||87.6 PPG|
|Field goal percentage||Team Stat||Seattle Storm||46.8%|
(Aug. 26 – Sept. 4)
(Sept. 7 – Sept. 12)
|Los Angeles Sparks||75|
|Los Angeles Sparks||64|
Note: Teams re-seeded after second round and semi-finals.
Season award winnersEdit
Player of the Week AwardEdit
|Date Awarded||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 28||Alyssa Thomas||Connecticut||Chelsea Gray||Los Angeles|
|June 4||Tina Charles||New York||Liz Cambage||Dallas|
|June 11||Tiffany Hayes||Atlanta||Brittney Griner||Phoenix|
|June 18||Elena Delle Donne||Washington||Breanna Stewart||Seattle|
|June 25||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta||Maya Moore||Minnesota|
|July 2||Elena Delle Donne (2)||Washington||Maya Moore (2)||Minnesota|
|July 9||Elena Delle Donne (3)||Washington||A'ja Wilson||Las Vegas|
|July 16||Jessica Breland||Atlanta||Candice Parker||Los Angeles|
|July 23||Tiffany Hayes (2)||Atlanta||Liz Cambage (2)||Dallas|
|August 6||Tiffany Hayes (3)||Atlanta||Candice Parker (2)||Los Angeles|
|August 13||Elena Delle Donne (4)||Washington||Maya Moore (3)||Minnesota|
|August 20||Jonquel Jones||Connecticut||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix|
Player of the Month AwardEdit
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 2018||Elena Delle Donne||Washington||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix|
|July 2018||Tiffany Hayes||Atlanta||Breanna Stewart||Seattle|
|August 2018||Elena Delle Donne (2)||Washington||Diana Taurasi (2)||Phoenix|
Rookie of the Month AwardEdit
|For games played||Player||Team|
|June 2018||A'ja Wilson||Las Vegas|
|July 2018||A'ja Wilson (2)||Las Vegas|
|August 2018||A'ja Wilson (3)||Las Vegas|
Coach of the Month AwardEdit
|For games played||Coach||Team|
|June 2018||Sandy Brondello||Phoenix|
|July 2018||Nicki Collen||Atlanta|
|August 2018||Nicki Collen (2)||Atlanta|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Breanna Stewart||Forward||Seattle Storm||33 of 39|
|Finals MVP Award||Breanna Stewart||Forward||Seattle Storm||– of –|
|Rookie of the Year Award||A'ja Wilson||Power Forward||Las Vegas Aces||39 of 39|
|Most Improved Player Award||Natasha Howard||Forward||Seattle Storm||29 of 39|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Alana Beard||Guard||Los Angeles Sparks||16 of 39|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||Jonquel Jones||Forward/Center||Connecticut Sun||20 of 38|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Sue Bird||Guard||Seattle Storm||16 of 38|
|Peak Performer: Points||Liz Cambage||Center||Dallas Wings||23.0 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Sylvia Fowles||Center||Minnesota Lynx||11.8 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Courtney Vandersloot||Guard||Chicago Sky||8.6 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Nicki Collen||Coach||Atlanta Dream||37 of 39|
|Basketball Executive of the Year Award||Chris Sienko||General manager||Atlanta Dream||6 of 11|
|All-WNBA First Team||Diana Taurasi||Tiffany Hayes||Elena Delle Donne||Breanna Stewart||Liz Cambage|
|All-WNBA Second Team||Skylar Diggins-Smith||Courtney Vandersloot||Candace Parker||Maya Moore||Brittney Griner|
|All-Defensive First Team||Jasmine Thomas||Alana Beard||Jessica Breland||Natasha Howard||Brittney Griner|
|All-Defensive Second Team||Tiffany Hayes||Ariel Atkins||Nneka Ogwumike||Rebekkah Brunson||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Rookie Team||Kelsey Mitchell||Ariel Atkins||Diamond DeShields||Azurá Stevens||A'ja Wilson|
|Team||Head coach||Previous job||Years with team||Record with team||Playoff Appearances||Finals Appearances||WNBA Championships|
|Atlanta Dream||Nicki Collen||Connecticut Sun (assistant)||1||23-11||1||0||0|
|Chicago Sky||Amber Stocks||Los Angeles Sparks (assistant)||2||35–43||0||0||0|
|Connecticut Sun||Curt Miller||Los Angeles Sparks (assistant)||3||56–46||2||0||0|
|Indiana Fever||Pokey Chatman||Chicago Sky||2||15–53||0||0||0|
|New York Liberty||Katie Smith||New York Liberty (assistant)||1||7–27||0||0||0|
|Washington Mystics||Mike Thibault||Connecticut Sun||6||104–100||5||1||0|
|Team||Head coach||Previous job||Years with team||Record with team||Playoff Appearances||Finals Appearances||WNBA Championships|
|Dallas Wings||Fred Williams||Atlanta Dream||4||72–97||3||0||0|
|Las Vegas Aces||Bill Laimbeer||New York Liberty||1||14–20||0||0||0|
|Los Angeles Sparks||Brian Agler||Seattle Storm||4||75–54||3||2||1|
|Minnesota Lynx||Cheryl Reeve||Detroit Shock (assistant)||8||213–93||7||6||4|
|Phoenix Mercury||Sandy Brondello||Los Angeles Sparks (assistant)||5||103–67||5||1||1|
|Seattle Storm||Dan Hughes||San Antonio Stars||1||26–8||1||1||0|
- Year with team includes 2018 season.
- Records are from time at current team and are through the end the 2018 season.
- Playoff appearances are from time at current team only.
- WNBA Finals and Championships do not include time with other teams.
- Coaches shown are the coaches who began the 2018 season as head coach of each team.
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