2018 WNBA season

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2018 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
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
WNBA seasons
2019 →

The 2018 WNBA season is 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 ends on August 19.

2018 WNBA Draft

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

Transactions

Retirement

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on February 1.

Coaching changes

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 changes

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

Regular Season

All-Star Game

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.[7]

July 28
3:30pm
Boxscore
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

Standings

Source:[8]

# 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 – Clinched Playoff Birth
e – Eliminated from playoffs

Statistic leaders

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2018 regular season. Statistics updated through games on August 14, 2018.[9]

Schedule

2018 WNBA preseason
2018 WNBA regular season
2018 WNBA postseason

Playoffs

 
First round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 21)
Second round:
Single elimination
(Aug. 23)
Semifinals:
Best-of-five
(TBC)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(TBC)
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Seattle Storm
 
 
TBD
 
 
 
 
 
4
Connecticut Sun
 
 
 
TBD
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
 
 
 
8
Dallas Wings
 
TBD
 
 
 
TBD
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
 
3
Washington Mystics
 
 
TBD
 
 
 
 
 
2
Atlanta Dream
 
 
TBD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Seattle Storm
TBD
Team 1 2 3 4 5
2
Atlanta Dream
TBD
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
TBD
2
TBD


Season award winners

Player of the Week Award

Player of the Month Award

Rookie of the Month Award

Coach of the Month Award

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Team Head coach Previous job Years with team Record with team Playoff Appearances Finals Appearances WNBA Championships
Atlanta Dream Nicki Collen Connecticut Sun (assistant) 0 0–0 0 0 0
Chicago Sky Amber Stocks Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 1 12–22 0 0 0
Connecticut Sun Curt Miller Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 2 35–33 1 0 0
Indiana Fever Pokey Chatman Chicago Sky 1 9–25 0 0 0
New York Liberty Katie Smith New York Liberty (assistant) 4 0–0 0 0 0
Washington Mystics Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun 5 82–88 4 0 0

Western Conference

Team Head coach Previous job Years with team Record with team Playoff Appearances Finals Appearances WNBA Championships
Dallas Wings Fred Williams Atlanta Dream 4 57–79 2 0 0
Las Vegas Aces Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty 0 0–0 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Seattle Storm 3 56–36 3 2 1
Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Detroit Shock (assistant) 8 195–77 7 6 4
Phoenix Mercury Sandy Brondello Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 4 83–53 4 1 1
Seattle Storm Dan Hughes San Antonio Stars 0 0–0 0 0 0

Notes:

  • Year with team does not include 2018 season.
  • Records are from time at current team and are through the end the 2017 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.

References

  1. ^ "A'ja's Got Next: Wilson Heads to Vegas as No. 1 Pick". WNBA.com. April 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota's Plenette Pierson to Retire After 2017 Season". wnba.com. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "WNBA Retirement: Jia Perkins quietly retires". swishappeal.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Shannon (July 25, 2017). "Sky will play next season at new Wintrust Arena in South Loop". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Mayor Emanuel Joins Chicago Sky to Announce Team's Move to Wintrust Arena" (Press release). WNBA. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  6. ^ "New York Liberty To Play At Westchester County Center For 2018 Season" (Press release). WNBA. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  7. ^ "WNBA Announces New All-Star Game Format". wnba.com. WNBA. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  8. ^ http://www.wnba.com/standings/#?season=2018
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  10. ^ "Alyssa Thomas, Chelsea Gray Named WNBA Players Of The Week". wnba.com. WNBA. May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
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  16. ^ "Elena Delle Donne, A'ja Wilson Named Players of the Week". wnba.com. WNBA. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Atlanta's Breland, Los Angeles' Parker Named WNBA Players Of The Week". wnba.com. WNBA. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
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  19. ^ "Atlanta's Hayes, Los Angeles' Parker Named WNBA Players of the Week". wnba.com. WNBA. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore Named WNBA Players Of The Week (Aug 6-12)". wnba.com. WNBA. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Washington's Delle Donne, Phoenix's Taurasi Named WNBA Players of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Atlanta's Hayes, Seattle's Stewart Named WNBA Players Of The Month". wnba.com. WNBA. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson Named Rookie of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Las Vegas' Wilson Named WNBA Rookie Of The Month". wnba.com. WNBA. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Phoenix's Sandy Brondello Named WNBA Coach of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Atlanta's Collen Named WNBA Coach Of The Month". wnba.com. WNBA. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018. 
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