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The 2019 WNBA season is the 23rd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Seattle Storm are the defending champions. The regular season began on May 24, with the Atlanta Dream hosting the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty hosting the Indiana Fever.

2019 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 24 – September 8
Number of games34
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV, CBSSN
Top draft pickJackie Young
Picked byLas Vegas Aces
WNBA seasons
2020 →

Contents

2019 WNBA draftEdit

The Las Vegas Aces had the first pick in the 2019 WNBA draft on April 10, marking the third straight draft in which the franchise won the lottery for the top pick.[1][2] With the top pick, the Aces selected Jackie Young from Notre Dame. The draft was televised nationally on the ESPN networks (Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU).

Rule changesEdit

The WNBA Board of Governors approved two rule changes at their November 15, 2018 meeting that would go into effect during the 2019 season.[3]

  1. The "Clear Path Foul Rule" was simplified to establish "bright line" standards based on a player's positioning.
  2. The definition of a "Hostile Act" was expanded for purposes of instant replay.

Media coverageEdit

On April 22, 2019, CBS Sports Network announced a multi-year deal with the league to broadcast 40 games a season starting in May 2019.

TransactionsEdit

RetirementEdit

Free agencyEdit

Free agency negotiations began on January 15, 2019, with the signing period starting on February 1, 2019.[8]

Coaching changesEdit

Off-season
Team 2018 season 2019 season Reference
Chicago Sky Amber Stocks James Wade [9][10]
Dallas Wings Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Interim) Brian Agler [11]
Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Derek Fisher [12][13]

AdministrationEdit

  • On June 17, Cathy Engelbert became the first Commissioner of the WNBA (previous top administrators had been titled "President"). She had previously served as CEO of the U.S. member firm of the international professional services firm Deloitte.[14]

Arena changesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

All-Star GameEdit

July 27, 2019
3:30 p.m. ET
Team Wilson 129, Team Delle Donne 126
Scoring by quarter: 39-23, 38-40, 28-32, 24-31
Pts: Wheeler 25
Rebs: Fowles 9
Asts: Gray 10
Pts: Ogwumike 22
Rebs: Jones 13
Asts: Toliver 9
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 9,157
Referees:
#42 Roy Gulbeyan
#13 Cheryl Flores
#15 Fatou Cissoko-Stephens

StandingsEdit

Source:[19]

# Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 x – Washington Mystics 20 7 .741 10–3 10–4 10–2
2 x – Connecticut Sun 19 8 .704 1 13–1 6–7 10–3
3 Chicago Sky 15 11 .577 4.5 10–4 5–7 8–4
4 Indiana Fever 9 17 .346 10.5 5–8 4–9 5–8
5 New York Liberty 8 18 .308 11.5 4–8 4–10 1–8
6 Atlanta Dream 5 21 .192 14.5 4–9 1–12 2–11
# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 x – Las Vegas Aces 18 9 .667 11–4 7–5 8–4
2 Los Angeles Sparks 15 10 .600 2 9–2 6–8 7–5
3 Seattle Storm 15 13 .536 3.5 10–4 5–9 8–5
4 Phoenix Mercury 13 13 .500 4.5 9–4 4–9 5–7
5 Minnesota Lynx 13 14 .481 5 7–6 6–8 4–7
6 Dallas Wings 9 18 .333 9 8–6 1–12 5–9

Notes

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

Statistical leadersEdit

The following shows the leaders in each statistical category during the 2019 regular season. All leaders have either already met the WNBA requirements for season leadership, or are on pace to do so. Statistics current through games played August 14, 2019.[20][21]

  1. ^ The WNBA requires 20 made three-pointers to qualify for season leadership. Clark is the leader among players who have already made the required 20 three-pointers, and no player with an equal or better percentage is on pace to meet that requirement.
  2. ^ The WNBA requires 35 made free throws to qualify for season leadership. Loyd is the leader among players who have already made the required 35 free throws, and no player with an equal or better percentage is on pace to meet that requirement.

ScheduleEdit

2019 WNBA preseason
2019 WNBA regular season
2019 WNBA postseason

PlayoffsEdit

The WNBA will continue with its current playoff format for 2019. The top 8 teams, regardless of conference, make the playoffs, with the top 2 teams receiving a bye to the semi-finals. The remaining six teams play in two single-elimination playoff rounds, with the 3 and 4 seeds receiving a bye to the second round.[22]

Season award winnersEdit

Player of the Week AwardEdit

Player of the Month AwardEdit

Rookie of the Month AwardEdit

Coach of the Month AwardEdit

Postseason awardsEdit

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 James Wade UMMC Ekaterinburg (assistant) 0 0–0 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 Brian Agler Los Angeles Sparks 0 0–0 0 0 0
Las Vegas Aces Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty 1 14–20 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks Derek Fisher New York Knicks 0 0–0 0 0 0
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 1

Notes:

  • Year with team does not include 2019 season.
  • Records are from time at current team and are through the end of 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 2019 season as head coach of each team.

ReferencesEdit

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