The Phoenix Mercury are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). One of eight original franchises, it was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began.
|2023 Phoenix Mercury season|
|Team colors||Purple, orange, light grey, black|
|Main sponsor||Fry’s Food and Drug|
|General manager||Nick U'Ren|
|Head coach||Nate Tibbetts|
|Assistant(s)||Charli Turner Thorne|
|Championships||3 (2007, 2009, 2014)|
|Conference titles||4 (1998, 2007, 2009, 2014)[a]|
The Mercury have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in fifteen of its twenty-four years in Phoenix. In 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2021 the Mercury went to the WNBA Finals; they lost to Houston in 1998, but won the title in 2007, 2009, and 2014 over Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago respectively.
The franchise has been home to players such as former UConn Diana Taurasi, Rutgers grad Cappie Pondexter, former Temple power forward Candice Dupree, former Baylor center Brittney Griner, and Australian guard Penny Taylor.
In February 2023, Mat Ishbia completed the acquisition of Phoenix Mercury. The team was among Robert Sarver's sports assets located in Arizona sold to the former college basketball player for the Michigan State Spartans during their championship in 2000.
Franchise history edit
Mercury heating up (1997–1998) edit
With a cast that included hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman, and possible future hall-of-famers Michele Timms of Australia, and Jennifer Gillom, hyper-active star Bridget Pettis, and outspoken coach Cheryl Miller, the Mercury quickly established itself as a major franchise. In the very first WNBA season, the Mercury posted a 16–12 record and reached the first WNBA playoffs. The Mercury lost to the New York Liberty, though, in those playoffs.
In 1998, the Mercury again qualified for the playoffs, posting a 19–11 record. The Mercury defeated the Cleveland Rockers to reach the WNBA Finals for the first time. In a hard-fought series, the Mercury fell 2 games to 1 to the defending champion Houston Comets.
Mercury in retrograde (1999–2003) edit
In 1999, the Mercury missed the playoffs, posting a 15–17 record. In 2000, the Mercury finished 20–12, but got swept by the Los Angeles Sparks. The team descended into turmoil after the season, as coach Miller left and the original core group of players broke up, via retirement or trades, and the team stopped being a playoff contender.
From 2001 to 2004, the Mercury were at the bottom of the WNBA. Fielding miserable teams, the Mercury were never competitive. The Mercury went through coach after coach, and nothing worked. During the lean years, the franchise remained in the news as forward Lisa Harrison would become a sex symbol. Playboy Magazine offered her money to pose in their magazine. She would decline the offer.
Diana Taurasi joins the WNBA (2004–2005) edit
After a horrible 2003 season, in which the Mercury posted an 8–26 record, the Mercury won the #1 overall choice in the 2004 WNBA Draft, and select coveted former UConn star Diana Taurasi. Taurasi went on to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 2004 season, as the Mercury posted a better 17–17 record. The Mercury posted a 16–18 record in 2005, missing the playoffs again.
Bringing back "Paul Ball" (2006–2007) edit
Former NBA coach Paul Westhead became the Mercury's head coach prior to the 2006 season and brought his up-tempo style to Phoenix. Westhead was the first WNBA coach to have won a previous NBA championship (1980 LA Lakers). The Mercury also drafted Cappie Pondexter with the #2 overall selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft. The addition provided Taurasi with a solid #2 player. Westhead's run and gun offense quickly became The Mercury's trademark and the franchise would soon set new league records for points scored.
The 2006 season was a positive one for the Mercury, as they posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, at 18–16. The Mercury competed for the playoffs all year, but fell just short of a postseason berth.
As the 2007 season came, the Mercury were poised and hungry for a deep playoff run. The Mercury would run away with the Western Conference, posting their best record in franchise history at 23–11, as well as clinching the #1 seed. The Mercury set a record by averaging 89.0 points in a season during 2007. In their first playoffs since 2000, the Mercury made quick work of the Seattle Storm in the first round, blowing them out in two games (Game 1: 101–84, Game 2: 95–89). In the Western Finals, the Mercury swept the San Antonio Silver Stars in a closer series (Game 1: 102–100, Game 2: 98–92), advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in nine years. In the Finals, the Mercury faced the defending 2006 champions Detroit Shock. The two teams split the first two games in Detroit. Coming back home, the Mercury suffered a letdown in game 3, losing 88–83. Down 2–1, the Mercury had to win game 4 or lose. Game 4 came down to the final seconds, but the Mercury edged out the Shock 77–76, with Cappie Pondexter scoring 26 points, and forced a Game 5 in Detroit. In Game 5, Phoenix won by a score of 108–92. Penny Taylor scored a game high 30 points in Game 5, and went 18-for-18 from the line. The Mercury won the series and their first championship with a 108–92 Game 5 victory, becoming the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road. Cappie Pondexter was named the WNBA Finals MVP, and averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 assists in the series. On November 7, 2007, The Mercury announced the hiring of Corey Gaines as head coach to replace the departing Paul Westhead.
Mercury fall, Mercury rise (2008–2011) edit
In 2008, the Mercury started slowly and never really found a groove, finishing the season with a disappointing record of 16–18, well out of the playoff picture in a tough Western Conference. The Mercury became the first team in WNBA history with the dubious honor of failing to qualify for the playoffs after winning the WNBA Finals the year before.
However, a year later, the Mercury were back to what they were two years before. The Mercury clinched the top spot in the playoffs along with the number one seed in the Western Conference. The Mercury defeated the 2008 conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round, winning the very exciting series 2–1 after losing the first game on the road. The Mercury then defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in the conference finals, winning 2–1 in a series that ended Lisa Leslie's career. The Mercury then went on to beat the Indiana Fever 3–2 in the best of 5 series to capture the second title in their franchise history. Diana Taurasi captured the WNBA Finals MVP Award. All-star guard Cappie Pondexter was traded to the New York Liberty amid some controversy in the offseason; All-Star Candice Dupree joined the duo of Taurasi and Penny Taylor as the Mercury looked to repeat in 2010.
It was not easy, however, as the Mercury faced a few bad losing streaks throughout the 2010 season. The team managed to finish 15–19, good for second place in the Western Conference. Phoenix swept San Antonio in the first round of the Playoffs, but lost to the eventual champion Seattle Storm in the conference finals.
After a hectic offseason for Diana Taurasi, most of the Mercury team was rested and ready to play. The team started the 2011 season with a surprising 0–3 record, but flew back into playoff contention, entering the All-Star break with a 10–5 record. Ultimately, they recovered to gain the third seed in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs, and upset the Seattle Storm in the opening round, closing an 18-point deficit to win on Seattle's home floor, allowing the Mercury to reach its third straight conference finals. Unfortunately, for the team, they came up short against the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx, losing in two games.
Brittney Griner arrives (2013–present) edit
Coming off the 2012 WNBA season in which the Phoenix Mercury franchise finished with the second worst record in the WNBA, a 7–27 mark, Phoenix received the 2013 WNBA draft lottery and secured the top overall pick. Once the 2013 WNBA draft arrived in April 2013, the Mercury used the top overall pick on two time Women's College Basketball Wooden award winner Brittney Griner. However, the Mercury lost to the Lynx in the Conference round of the playoffs. The following season the Mercury under the guidance of new coach Sandy Brondello went on to set an all time WNBA record for wins in a season, with 29, and breezed through the 2014 playoffs to claim their 3rd WNBA Championship.
On February 3, 2015, Diana Taurasi announced that she would sit out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of her Russian Premier League team, UMMC Ekaterinburg. The team offered Taurasi to pay her more than her WNBA salary to skip the 2015 WNBA season. For the 2014 WNBA season, Taurasi made just under the league maximum of $107,000. But she makes 15 times that - approximately $1.5 million - playing overseas.
In 2016, the WNBA switched to a playoff format involving single elimination games in the first two rounds. The eighth-seeded Mercury upset the Indiana Fever in the First Round and New York Liberty in the Second Round to reach the Semifinals. However, they lost the Semifinals to the Minnesota Lynx.
In 2017, the Mercury once again sailed through the first two rounds of the playoffs, winning their games against the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun. Again, they lost in the Semifinals, this time to the Los Angeles Sparks.
2018 saw the Mercury win both single-elimination playoff games for the third year in a row with victories against the Dallas Wings and Connecticut Sun, giving Diana Taurasi a 13–0 record in winner-take-all elimination games in her career. In the semifinals, the Mercury came up short against the Seattle Storm in the decisive fifth game, giving Taurasi her first ever loss in a winner-take-all elimination game.
Uniform sponsor edit
In June 2009 the Mercury and WNBA announced a sponsorship agreement with identity theft protection service LifeLock to place that company's logo on their jerseys through the 2013 season, making the Mercury among the first non-soccer franchises in the major leagues of North America to place a company logo on their uniforms. For the 2014 season and going forward, the Mercury will wear jerseys sponsored by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.
Season-by-season records edit
|Season||Team||Conference||Regular season||Playoff Results||Head coach|
|1997||1997||West||1st||16||12||.571||Lost WNBA Semifinals (New York, 0–1)||Cheryl Miller|
|1998||1998||West||2nd||19||11||.633||Won WNBA Semifinals (Cleveland, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Houston, 1–2)
|1999||1999||West||4th||15||17||.469||Did not qualify||Cheryl Miller|
|2000||2000||West||4th||20||12||.625||Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 0–2)||Cheryl Miller|
|2001||2001||West||5th||13||19||.406||Did not qualify||Cynthia Cooper|
|2002||2002||West||7th||11||21||.344||Did not qualify||C. Cooper (6–4)|
L. Sharp (5–17)
|2003||2003||West||7th||8||26||.235||Did not qualify||John Shumate|
|2004||2004||West||5th||17||17||.500||Did not qualify||Carrie Graf|
|2005||2005||West||5th||16||18||.471||Did not qualify||Carrie Graf|
|2006||2006||West||5th||18||16||.529||Did not qualify||Paul Westhead|
|2007||2007||West||1st||23||11||.676||Won Conference Semifinals (Seattle, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (San Antonio, 2–0)
Won WNBA Finals (Detroit, 3–2)
|2008||2008||West||7th||16||18||.471||Did not qualify||Corey Gaines|
|2009||2009||West||1st||23||11||.676||Won Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 2–1)
Won Conference Finals (Los Angeles, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Indiana, 3–2)
|2010||2010||West||2nd||15||19||.441||Won Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 2–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Seattle, 0–2)
|2011||2011||West||3rd||19||15||.559||Won Conference Semifinals (Seattle, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
|2012||2012||West||6th||7||27||.206||Did not qualify||Corey Gaines|
|2013||2013||West||3rd||19||15||.559||Won Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
|Corey Gaines (10–11)|
Russ Pennell (9–4)
|2014||2014||West||1st||29||5||.853||Won Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (Minnesota, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Chicago, 3–0)
|2015||2015||West||2nd||20||14||.588||Won Conference Semifinals (Tulsa, 2–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
|2016||2016||West||4th||16||18||.471||Won First Round (Indiana, 1–0)
Won Second Round (New York, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Minnesota, 0–3)
|2017||2017||West||3rd||18||16||.529||Won First Round (Seattle, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Connecticut, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Los Angeles, 0–3)
|2018||2018||West||2nd||20||14||.588||Won First Round (Dallas, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Connecticut, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Seattle, 2–3)
|2019||2019||West||5th||15||19||.441||Lost First Round (Chicago, 0–1)||Sandy Brondello|
|2020||2020||West||5th||13||9||.591||Won First Round (Washington, 1–0)
Lost Second Round (Minnesota, 0–1)
|2021||2021||West||4th||19||13||.594||Won First Round (New York, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Seattle, 1–0)
Won WNBA Semifinals (Las Vegas 3–2)
Lost WNBA Finals (Chicago 1–3)
|2022||2022||West||4th||15||21||.417||Lost First Round (Las Vegas 0–2)||Vanessa Nygaard|
|2023||2023||West||12th||9||31||.225||Did not qualify||Vanessa Nygaard(2–10)|
|Regular season||449||445||.502||5 Conference Championships|
|Playoffs||47||41||.534||3 WNBA Championships|
Current roster edit
Former players edit
- DeWanna Bonner (2009–2019), now an member of the Connecticut Sun
- Kara Braxton (2010–2011)
- Emma Cannon (born 1989), now a member of the Israeli team Elitzur Ramla
- Monique Currie (2015)
- Anna DeForge (2003–2005)
- Candice Dupree (2010–2016)
- Tonya Edwards (2000-2001)
- Jennifer Gillom (1997–2002)
- Michelle Griffiths (1998–2000)
- Isabelle Harrison (2016), now a member of the Dallas Wings
- Lisa Harrison (1999–2005)
- Tamicha Jackson (2003; 2006)
- Temeka Johnson (2009–2011)
- Nancy Lieberman (1997)
- Kelly Mazzante (2007–2009)
- Kelly Miller (2006–2008)
- Leilani Mitchell (2015, 2017–2019), now a member of the Washington Mystics
- Bridget Pettis (1997–2001)
- Erin Phillips (2014)
- Plenette Pierson (2003–2005), now an assistant coach of the Minnesota Lynx
- Cappie Pondexter (2006–2009)
- Brandy Reed (1998; 2000–2002)
- Danielle Robinson (2017), now a member of the Indiana Fever
- Tangela Smith (2007–2010)
- Belinda Snell (2005–2007)
- Maria Stepanova (1998–2001, 2005)
- Penny Taylor (2004–2007; 2009–2011; 2013–2014; 2016)
- Michelle Timms (1997–2001)
- Kamila Vodičková (2005–2006)
- Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (born 1995), now a player for the Israeli team Maccabi Bnot Ashdod, and the Washington Mystics
- Adrian Williams-Strong (2000–2004)
- Le'coe Willingham (2009), now an assistant coach of the Dallas Wings
Retired numbers edit
|Phoenix Mercury retired numbers|
|7||Michele Timms||G||1997–2001||August 7, 2002|||
|13||Penny Taylor||G/F||2004–2016||July 9, 2017|||
Hall of Famers edit
(from Women's Basketball Hall of Fame)
- Ann Meyers-Drysdale, enshrined 1999
- Jennifer Gillom, enshrined 2009
- Nancy Lieberman, enshrined 1996
- Cheryl Miller, enshrined 1995
- Linda Sharp, enshrined 2001
- Michele Timms, enshrined 2008
- Penny Taylor, enshrined 2022
FIBA Hall of Famers edit
|Phoenix Mercury Hall of Famers|
Coaches and staff edit
- Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns (1997–2003)
- Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns (2004–2023)
- Mat Ishbia, owner of the Phoenix Suns (2023–present)
Head coaches edit
|Phoenix Mercury head coaches|
|Cheryl Miller||January 27, 1997||December 1, 2000||4||70||52||.574||122||3||6||.333||9|
|Cynthia Cooper||January 8, 2001||June 26, 2002||2||19||23||.452||42||0||0||.000||0|
|Linda Sharp||June 26, 2002||end of 2002||1||5||17||.227||22||0||0||.000||0|
|John Shumate||October 23, 2002||end of 2003||1||8||26||.235||34||0||0||.000||0|
|Carrie Graf||April 14, 2004||end of 2005||2||33||35||.485||68||0||0||.000||0|
|Paul Westhead||October 11, 2005||September 18, 2007||2||41||27||.603||68||7||2||.778||9|
|Corey Gaines||November 7, 2007||August 8, 2013||6||90||101||.471||191||11||9||.550||20|
|Russ Pennell||August 8, 2013||October 18, 2013||1||9||4||.692||13||2||3||.400||5|
|Sandy Brondello||November 15, 2013 ||December 6, 2021||8||164||128||.562||292||24||19||.558||45|
|Vanessa Nygaard||January 24, 2022 ||June 25, 2023||2||17||31||.354||36||0||2||.000||2|
|Nikki Blue||June 25, 2023||October 17, 2023||1||7||21||.250||0||0||0||–||0|
|Nate Tibbetts||October 18, 2023||present||1||0||0||–||0||0||0||–||0|
General managers edit
- Cheryl Miller (1997–2000)
- Seth Sulka (2001–2006)
- Ann Meyers-Drysdale (2007–2011)
- Corey Gaines (2012–2013)
- Amber Cox (2013)
- Jim Pitman (2013–2023)
- Nick U'Ren (2023–present)
Assistant coaches edit
- Steve Smith (1997)
- Kathy Anderson (1998)
- Carrie Graf (1998–1999, 2001, 2003)
- Howie Landa (1999)
- Tom Lewis (2000)
- Linda Sharp (2000–2002)
- Vonn Read (2000)
- Eric Cooper (2001–2002)
- Gary Kloppenburg (2003)
- Brian Agler (2004)
- Lisa Harrison (2004)
- Cedric Ceballos (2004)
- Michele Timms (2005)
- Bridget Pettis (2006–2011)
- Corey Gaines (2006–2007)
- Earl Cureton (2012–2013)
- Tom Hovasse (2012–2013)
- Anthony Boone (2013)
- Julie Hairgrove (2005–2021)
- Todd Troxel (2014–2018)
- Penny Taylor (2019)
- Chasity Melvin (2020–2021)
- Nikki Blue (2022–2023)
- Cinnamon Lister (2022–present)
- Crystal Robinson (2022–present)
- Charli Turner Thorne (2023–present)
- Kristi Toliver (2024–present)
|Phoenix Mercury statistics|
Media coverage edit
Currently, Mercury games are broadcast on Arizona's Family, a group of Phoenix television stations (KPHO-TV, KTVK and KPHE-LD) owned by Gray Television. KTVK will carry at least 13 Mercury games per season, with the remaining games on KPHE.
All-time notes edit
Regular season attendance edit
- A sellout for a basketball game at Footprint Center is 17,071.
|Year||Average||High||Low||Sellouts||Total for year||WNBA game average|
|2020||Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was played in Bradenton, Florida without fans.|
Draft picks edit
- 1997 Elite: Bridget Pettis (7), Nancy Lieberman-Cline (15)
- 1997: Toni Foster (8), Tia Jackson (9), Umeki Webb (24), Monique Ambers (25)
- 1998: Maria Stepanova (8), Andrea Kuklova (18), Brandy Reed (28), Karen Wilkins (38)
- 1999: Edna Campbell (10), Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil (22), Lisa Harrison (34), Amanda Wilson (46)
- 2000: Adrian Williams (21), Tauja Catchings (37), Shantia Owens (53)
- 2001: Kristen Veal (13), Ilona Korstine (29), Tere Williams (45), Carolyn Moos (53), Megan Franza (61)
- 2002: Tootie Shaw (25), Kayte Christensen (40), Amba Kongolo (56)
- 2003 Miami/Portland Dispersal Draft: Tamicha Jackson (4)
- 2003: Plenette Pierson (4), Petra Ujhelyi (16), Telisha Quarles (31), Marion Jones (33)
- 2004 Cleveland Dispersal Draft: Penny Taylor (1)
- 2004: Diana Taurasi (1), Chandi Jones (8), Ashley Robinson (14), Maria Villarroel (27)
- 2005: Sandora Irvin (3), Angelina Williams (18), Jamie Carey (31)
- 2006: Cappie Pondexter (2), Liz Shimek (18), Mistie Williams (21), Crystal Smith (32)
- 2007 Charlotte Dispersal Draft: selection waived
- 2007: Lindsey Harding (1), Tyresa Smith (18), Leah Rush (28), Chrissy Givens (31), Emily Westerbeg (37)
- 2008: LaToya Pringle (13), Leilani Mitchell (25), Merscilla Packer (41)
- 2009 Houston Dispersal Draft: Sequoia Holmes (5)
- 2009: DeWanna Bonner (5), Sha Brooks (31), Jessica Adair (34)
- 2010 Sacramento Dispersal Draft: selection waived
- 2010: Tyra Grant (24), Nyeshia Stevenson (36)
- 2011: Brittany Spears (19), Tahnee Robinson (31)
- 2012: Samantha Prahalis (6), C'eria Ricketts (24), Christine Flores (30), Amanda Johnson (33)
- 2013: Brittney Griner (1), Nikki Greene (26)
- 2014: Tiffany Bias (17), Maggie Lucas (21), Stephanie Talbot (33)
- 2015: Isabelle Harrison (12), Alex Harden (18), Žofia Hruščáková (24), Promise Amukamara (36)
- 2016: Courtney Williams (8), Jullian Alleyne (20), Nirra Fields (32)
- 2017: Alexis Prince (29)
- 2018: Marie Gülich (12), Tyler Scaife (20), Raisa Musina (21), Imani Wright (26)
- 2019: Alanna Smith (8), Sophie Cunningham (13), Arica Carter (32)
- 2020: Jocelyn Willoughby (10), Te'a Cooper (18), Stella Johnson (29)
- 2021: Ciera Johnson (32)
- 2022: Maya Dodson (26), Macee Williams (32)
- 2023: Destiny Harden (27), Kadi Sissoko (29)
- July 31, 1997: The Mercury acquired Mikiko Hagiwara from the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for future considerations.
- July 6, 1998: The Mercury traded Pauline Jordan to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Tiffani Johnson.
- October 27, 1999: The Mercury traded Marlies Askamp, Angela Aycock and Kristi Harrower to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Adia Barnes, Tonya Edwards and Trisha Fallon.
- February 18, 2000: The Mercury acquired Brandy Reed from the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for the fifth pick in the 2000 Draft.
- April 25, 2000: The Mercury traded Shantia Owens to the Miami Sol in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2001 Draft.
- May 27, 2001: The Mercury acquired Jaynetta Saunders from the Cleveland Rockers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
- June 22, 2001: The Mercury traded Tonya Edwards to the Charlotte Sting in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2002 Draft.
- March 4, 2002: The Mercury traded the eighth pick in the 2002 Draft to the Cleveland Rockers in exchange for Pollyana Johns-Kimborough.
- March 4, 2002: The Mercury traded the 15th pick in the 2002 Draft to the Miami Sol in exchange for Tracy Reid and the 13th pick in the 2002 Draft.
- March 4, 2002: The Mercury traded Bridget Pettis and the 13th pick in the 2002 Draft to the Indiana Fever in exchange for Gordana Grubin.
- May 3, 2002: The Mercury traded a fourth-round pick in the 2003 Draft to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Claudia das Neves.
- May 5, 2002: The Mercury traded Claudia das Neves to the Miami Sol in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2003 Draft.
- April 28, 2003: The Mercury traded Petra Ujhelyi and Telisha Quarles to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Edwina Brown and Lenae Williams.
- July 31, 2003: The Mercury traded Stacey Thomas to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Tamara Moore.
- June 29, 2005: The Mercury traded Plenette Pierson to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Andrea Stinson and a second-round pick in the 2006 Draft.
- February 21, 2007: The Mercury traded Sandora Irvin to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2008 Draft.
- April 2, 2007: The Mercury traded a second-round pick in the 2008 Draft to the New York Liberty in exchange for Kelly Schumacher.
- April 4, 2007: The Mercury traded Lindsey Harding to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Tangela Smith.
- May 7, 2008: The Mercury traded Leilani Mitchell to the New York Liberty in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2009 Draft.
- January 30, 2009: The Mercury traded Kelly Miller and LaToya Pringle to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Nicole Ohlde.
- March 20, 2009: The Mercury traded Barbara Farris to the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for A'Quonesia Franklin and Kim Smith.
- March 26, 2009: The Mercury traded a first-round pick in the 2010 Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for Temeka Johnson.
- March 30, 2010: The Mercury traded Cappie Pondexter and Kelly Mazzante to the New York Liberty and received Candice Dupree from the Chicago Sky. Chicago received Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld from New York as part of this trade.
- July 23, 2010: The Mercury traded Nicole Ohlde and a first-round pick in the 2011 Draft in exchange for Kara Braxton.
- April 11, 2011: The Mercury traded Tahnee Robinson to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2012 Draft.
- August 4, 2011: The Mercury traded Kara Braxton to the New York Liberty in exchange for Sidney Spencer.
- January 12, 2012: The Mercury traded Temeka Johnson to the Tulsa Shock in exchange for Andrea Riley.
- February 2, 2012: The Mercury traded a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Alexis Hornbuckle.
- February 28, 2012: The Mercury traded the 18th pick in the 2012 Draft to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Charde Houston and the 24th pick in the 2012 Draft.
- March 11, 2014: The Mercury traded Lynetta Kizer to the Indiana Fever in exchange for Erin Phillips.
- March 27, 2014: The Mercury traded Charde Houston to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Ewelina Kobryn.
- May 12, 2014: The Mercury traded Maggie Lucas to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 Draft.
- May 9, 2016: The Mercury traded Monique Currie to the San Antonio Stars in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.
- June 25, 2016: The Mercury traded Courtney Williams, Jillian Alleyne, and San Antonio's second-round pick to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Kelsey Bone.
- June 25, 2016: The Mercury traded Noelle Quinn to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Angel Robinson.
- January 31, 2017: The Mercury traded Isabelle Harrison and a 2017 first round draft pick to the San Antonio Stars in exchange for Danielle Robinson.
- February 21, 2017: In a three-team trade, the Mercury traded Candice Dupree and a second round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Indiana Fever and acquired Camille Little and the draft rights to Jillian Alleyne from the Connecticut Sun.
- February 21, 2018: The Mercury traded Cayla George for the 21st pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. In a separate trade, the Mercury traded Kelsey Bone for 26th pick in the 2018 WNBA draft and a third round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.
- March 6, 2018: The Mercury traded the 8th pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft for Briann January. In a separate trade, the Mercury traded Danielle Robinson and a second round pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft for the 12th pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
- May 21, 2019: The Mercury traded Stephanie Talbot to Minnesota in exchange for Minnesota's second round pick in the 2020 Draft.
- February 11, 2020: The Mercury traded DeWanna Bonner to Connecticut in exchange for the 7th and 10th pick in the 2020 Draft and Connecticut's first round pick in the 2021 Draft.
- February 12, 2020: The Mercury traded the 5th and 7th pick in the 2020 Draft and Connecticut's first round pick in the 2021 Draft (acquired via Feb. 11 trade) to Dallas in exchange for Skylar Diggins-Smith.
- February 19, 2020: The Mercury traded Briann January, the 17th pick in the 2020 Draft, and their second round pick in the 2021 Draft to Atlanta for Jessica Breland and Nia Coffey.
- April 17, 2020: The Mercury traded the draft rights to Jocelyn Willoughby to New York in exchange for Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
- February 10, 2021: The Mercury traded the 6th overall pick in the 2021 Draft and a first round pick in the 2022 Draft to New York in exchange for Kia Nurse and Megan Walker.
- February 13, 2021: The Mercury traded Yvonne Turner to Atlanta for the Dream's 2022 third round pick.
- January 31, 2022: The Mercury traded Kia Vaugh to Atlanta for the Dream's 2023 third round pick.
- February 3, 2022: The Mercury traded Bria Hartley, the 20th pick in the 2022 Draft and a second round pick in the 2023 Draft to Indiana and their 2023 First Round pick to Chicago in exchange for Diamond DeShields.
- February 11, 2023: The Mercury traded Diamond DeShields and the right to swap 2025 first round picks with New York in exchange for Michaela Onyenwere, and Chicago's Third Round pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, and Second Round pick in the 2025 WNBA Draft.
- 1997: No All-Star Game
- 1998: No All-Star Game
- 1999: Michelle Timms
- 2000: Brandy Reed
- 2001: None
- 2002: None
- 2003: Adrian Williams
- 2004: Anna DeForge, Diana Taurasi
- 2005: Diana Taurasi
- 2006: Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi
- 2007: Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor
- 2008: No All-Star Game
- 2009: Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi
- 2010: Candice Dupree, Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor
- 2011: Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor
- 2012: No All-Star Game
- 2013: Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
- 2014: Candice Dupree, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
- 2015: DeWanna Bonner, Candice Dupree, Brittney Griner
- 2016: No All-Star Game
- 2017: Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
- 2018: DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
- 2019: DeWanna Bonner, Brittney Griner
- 2020: No All-Star Game
- 2021: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi
- 2022: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner
- 2023: Brittney Griner
- 2000: Maria Stepanova (RUS)
- 2004: Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor (AUS)
- 2008: Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter, Penny Taylor (AUS)
- 2012: Diana Taurasi
- 2016: Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor (AUS), Sonja Petrović (SER), Lindsey Harding (BLR), Marta Xargay (ESP)
- 2020: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Kia Nurse (CAN), Alanna Smith (AUS)
Honors and awards edit
- 1997 All-WNBA Second Team: Jennifer Gillom
- 1998 All-WNBA First Team: Jennifer Gillom
- 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Jennifer Gillom
- 2004 Rookie of the Year: Diana Taurasi
- 2004 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2005 All-WNBA Second Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2006 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2006 All-Rookie Team: Cappie Pondexter
- 2006 Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
- 2007 Finals MVP: Cappie Pondexter
- 2007 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2007 All-WNBA First Team: Penny Taylor
- 2008 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2008 Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
- 2009 Most Valuable Player: Diana Taurasi
- 2009 Finals MVP: Diana Taurasi
- 2009 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2009 All-WNBA First Team: Cappie Pondexter
- 2009 All-Rookie Team: DeWanna Bonner
- 2009 Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
- 2009 Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
- 2010 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2010 Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
- 2010 Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
- 2011 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2011 All-WNBA Second Team: Penny Taylor
- 2011 Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
- 2011 Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
- 2012 All-Rookie Team: Samantha Prahalis
- 2013 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2013 All-Rookie Team: Brittney Griner
- 2014 Finals MVP: Diana Taurasi
- 2014 Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner
- 2014 Peak Performer (Assists): Diana Taurasi
- 2014 Coach of the Year: Sandy Brondello
- 2014 All-WNBA First Team: Brittney Griner
- 2014 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2014 All-Defensive First Team: Brittney Griner
- 2015 Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner
- 2015 All-Defensive First Team: Brittney Griner
- 2015 All-Defensive Second Team: DeWanna Bonner
- 2015 All-WNBA First Team: DeWanna Bonner
- 2015 All-WNBA Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2016 All-Defensive Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2017 All-WNBA Second Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2017 All-WNBA Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2018 All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2018 All-WNBA Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2019 Most Improved Player: Leilani Mitchell
- 2019 Peak Performer (Points): Brittney Griner
- 2019 All-WNBA First Team: Brittney Griner
- 2019 All-Defensive Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2019 All-Rookie Team: Brianna Turner
- 2020 All-Defensive First Team: Brianna Turner
- 2020 All-WNBA Second Team: Diana Taurasi
- 2020 All-WNBA Second Team: Skylar Diggins-Smith
- 2021 All-Defensive First Team: Brianna Turner
- 2021 All-Defensive Second Team: Brittney Griner
- 2021 All-WNBA First Team: Skylar Diggins-Smith
- 2021 All-WNBA First Team: Brittney Griner
- 2022 All-WNBA First Team: Skylar Diggins-Smith
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