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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
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 18 – September 12
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Average attendance6,721[1]
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Top draft pickA'ja Wilson
Picked byLas Vegas Aces
Season MVPUnited States Breanna Stewart (Seattle)
Eastern champions Atlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-upWashington Mystics
Western championsSeattle Storm
  Western runners-upPhoenix Mercury
Finals championsSeattle Storm
  Runners-upWashington Mystics
Finals MVPUnited States Breanna Stewart (Seattle)
WNBA seasons

2018 WNBA DraftEdit

The Las Vegas Aces selected A'ja Wilson first in the 2018 WNBA Draft.[2] The draft was televised nationally on the ESPN networks (Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU).

TransactionsEdit

RetirementEdit

Free agencyEdit

Free agency negotiations began on February 1.

Coaching changesEdit

Off-season
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
Mid-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Dallas Wings Fred Williams Taj McWilliams-Franklin

Arena changesEdit

In addition to the relocated Las Vegas Aces, two other teams announced permanent moves to new arenas for the 2018 season.

Regular SeasonEdit

All-Star GameEdit

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.[8]

July 28
3:30pm
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
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 15,922
Referees: Maj Forsberg
Janetta Graham
Jeff Wooten

StandingsEdit

Source:[9]

# Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
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
# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
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

Notes

(#) – Conference Standing, Playoff Seeds shown to the right of team name
x – Qualified for playoffs
e – Eliminated from playoffs

Statistic leadersEdit

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2018 regular season.[10]

Category Player Team Statistic
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%

ScheduleEdit

2018 WNBA preseason
2018 WNBA regular season
2018 WNBA postseason

PlayoffsEdit

 
First round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 21)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 23)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(Aug. 26 – Sept. 4)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 7 – Sept. 12)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
2
 
 
 
 
 
4
Connecticut Sun
86
 
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
96
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
101
 
 
 
8
Dallas Wings
83
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
0
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
75
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
68
 
3
Washington Mystics
96
 
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
64
 
 
 
 
 
2
Atlanta Dream
2
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Seattle Storm
91 91 66 84 94
5
Phoenix Mercury
87 87 86 86 84
Team 1 2 3 4 5
2
Atlanta Dream
84 78 81 76 81
3
Washington Mystics
87 75 76 97 86
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3
1
Seattle Storm
89 75 98
3
Washington Mystics
76 73 82


Season award winnersEdit

Player of the Week AwardEdit

Date Awarded Eastern Conference Western Conference
Player Team Player Team
May 28[11] Alyssa Thomas Connecticut Chelsea Gray Los Angeles
June 4[12] Tina Charles New York Liz Cambage Dallas
June 11[13] Tiffany Hayes Atlanta Brittney Griner Phoenix
June 18[14] Elena Delle Donne Washington Breanna Stewart Seattle
June 25[15] Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Maya Moore Minnesota
July 2[16] Elena Delle Donne (2) Washington Maya Moore (2) Minnesota
July 9[17] Elena Delle Donne (3) Washington A'ja Wilson Las Vegas
July 16[18] Jessica Breland Atlanta Candice Parker Los Angeles
July 23[19] Tiffany Hayes (2) Atlanta Liz Cambage (2) Dallas
August 6[20] Tiffany Hayes (3) Atlanta Candice Parker (2) Los Angeles
August 13[21] Elena Delle Donne (4) Washington Maya Moore (3) Minnesota
August 20[22] Jonquel Jones Connecticut DeWanna Bonner Phoenix

Player of the Month AwardEdit

For games played Eastern Conference Western Conference
Player Team Player Team
June 2018[23] Elena Delle Donne Washington Diana Taurasi Phoenix
July 2018[24] Tiffany Hayes Atlanta Breanna Stewart Seattle
August 2018[25] Elena Delle Donne (2) Washington Diana Taurasi (2) Phoenix

Rookie of the Month AwardEdit

For games played Player Team
June 2018[26] A'ja Wilson Las Vegas
July 2018[27] A'ja Wilson (2) Las Vegas
August 2018[28] A'ja Wilson (3) Las Vegas

Coach of the Month AwardEdit

For games played Coach Team
June 2018[29] Sandy Brondello Phoenix
July 2018[30] Nicki Collen Atlanta
August 2018[31] Nicki Collen (2) Atlanta

Postseason awardsEdit

Award Winner Position Team Votes/Statistic
Most Valuable Player Award Breanna Stewart[32] Forward Seattle Storm 33 of 39
Finals MVP Award Breanna Stewart[33] Forward Seattle Storm – of –
Rookie of the Year Award A'ja Wilson[34] Power Forward Las Vegas Aces 39 of 39
Most Improved Player Award Natasha Howard[35] Forward Seattle Storm 29 of 39
Defensive Player of the Year Award Alana Beard[36] Guard Los Angeles Sparks 16 of 39
Sixth Woman of the Year Award Jonquel Jones[37] Forward/Center Connecticut Sun 20 of 38
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Sue Bird[38] 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[39] Coach Atlanta Dream 37 of 39
Basketball Executive of the Year Award Chris Sienko[40] General manager Atlanta Dream 6 of 11
Team Guard Guard Forward Forward Center
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

CoachesEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

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

Western ConferenceEdit

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

Notes:

  • 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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