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WNBA 2020


The 2020 WNBA season will be the 24th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Washington Mystics are the defending champions. Planned changes to the league’s schedule included an increase from 34 to 36 regular season games for each team, the introduction of a mid-season Commissioner’s Cup tournament, and an increased number of games broadcast on ESPN and ABC. This is the first season under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the WNBA Players’ Association. On April 3, the season was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under a plan approved on June 15, the league is scheduled to hold a shortened 22-game regular season at IMG Academy, without fans present, starting on July 24.

2020 WNBA season
LeagueWomen’s National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationJuly 24 – October
Number of games22
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV, CBSSN
Top draft pickSabrina Ionescu
Picked byNew York Liberty

Women’s National Basketball Association

SportBasketball
FoundedApril 22, 1996; 24 years ago
FounderDavid Stern
Inaugural season1997
CommissionerCathy Engelbert
Motto“Watch Me Work”
No. of teams12
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersNew York City
Most recent
champion(s)
Washington Mystics (1st title)
Most titlesHouston Comets
Minnesota Lynx
(4 titles each)
TV partner(s)United States:
  • ESPN/ABC
  • CBS Sports Network
  • NBA TV
  • Twitter

Canada:

  • NBA TV Canada
  • TSN/TSN2
  • SN1/SN360

Schedule

Statistical leaders

The following shows the leaders in each statistical category during the 2020 regular season.

CategoryPlayerTeamStatistic
Points per game
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Field goal percentage
Three point FG percentage
Free throw percentage
Points per game (team)
Field goal percentage (team)

Awards

Season award winners

Updated soon…

Draft

Draft lottery

Lottery chances

TeamCombined 2018–2019 RecordLottery Chances (out of 1,000)
New York Liberty – WON17–51442
Indiana Fever19–49276
Dallas Wings25–43178
Atlanta Dream31–37104

First round

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
1Sabrina IonescuGUnited StatesNew York LibertyOregon
2Satou SaballyFGermanyDallas WingsOregon
3Lauren CoxF/CUnited StatesIndiana FeverBaylor
4Chennedy CarterGUnited StatesAtlanta DreamTexas A&M
5Bella AlarieFUnited StatesDallas WingsPrinceton
6Mikiah Herbert HarriganFAnguilla
United Kingdom
Minnesota LynxSouth Carolina
7Tyasha HarrisGUnited StatesDallas WingsSouth Carolina
8Ruthy HebardFUnited StatesChicago SkyOregon
9Megan WalkerFUnited StatesNew York LibertyUConn
10Jocelyn WilloughbyF/GUnited StatesPhoenix MercuryVirginia
11Kitija LaksaFLatviaSeattle StormvSouth Florida/TTT Riga (Latvia)
12Jazmine JonesGUnited StatesNew York LibertyLouisville

Second round

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
13Kylee ShookFUnited StatesNew York LibertyLouisville
14Kathleen DoyleGUnited StatesIndiana FeverIowa
15Leaonna OdomFUnited StatesNew York LibertyDuke
16Crystal DangerfieldGUnited StatesMinnesota LynxUConn
17Brittany BrewerFUnited StatesAtlanta DreamTexas Tech
18Te’a CooperGUnited StatesPhoenix MercuryBaylor
19Joyner HolmesFUnited StatesSeattle StormTexas
20Beatrice MompremierFUnited StatesLos Angeles SparksMiami (FL)
21Luisa GeiselsöderCGermanyDallas WingsDonau-Ries (Germany)
22Leonie FiebichFGermanyLos Angeles SparksWasserburg (Germany)
23Kaila CharlesGUnited StatesConnecticut SunMaryland
24Jaylyn AgnewFUnited StatesWashington MysticsCreighton

Third round

PickPlayerPositionNationalityTeamSchool / club team
25Mikayla PivecGUnited StatesAtlanta DreamOregon State
26Erica OgwumikeGUnited StatesNew York LibertyRice
27Kobi ThorntonFUnited StatesAtlanta DreamClemson
28Kamiah SmallsGUnited StatesIndiana FeverJames Madison
29Stella JohnsonGUnited StatesPhoenix MercuryRider
30Japreece DeanGUnited StatesChicago SkyUCLA
31Haley GoreckiGUnited StatesSeattle StormDuke
32Kiah GillespieFUnited StatesChicago SkyFlorida State
33Lauren ManisFUnited StatesLas Vegas AcesHoly Cross
34Tynice MartinGUnited StatesLos Angeles SparksWest Virginia
35Juicy LandrumGUnited StatesConnecticut SunBaylor
36Sug SuttonGUnited StatesWashington MysticsTexas

All-Star Game

Standings

#TeamWLPCTGBHomeRoadConf.Cup
1Atlanta Dream00.00000–00–00–00–0
2Connecticut Sun00.00000–00–00–00–0
3Chicago Sky00.00000–00–00–00–0
4Dallas Wings00.00000–00–00–00–0
5Indiana Fever00.00000–00–00–00–0
6Las Vegas Aces00.00000–00–00–00–0
7Los Angeles Sparks00.00000–00–00–00–0
8Minnesota Lynx00.00000–00–00–00–0
9New York Liberty00.00000–00–00–00–0
10Phoenix Mercury00.00000–00–00–00–0
11Seattle Storm00.00000–00–00–00–0
12Washington Mystics00.00000–00–00–00–0

Coaches

Eastern Conference

TeamHead coachPrevious jobYears with teamRecord with teamPlayoff AppearancesFinals AppearancesWNBA Championships
Atlanta DreamNicki CollenConnecticut Sun (assistant)231–37100
Chicago SkyJames WadeUMMC Ekaterinburg (assistant)120–14100
Connecticut SunCurt MillerLos Angeles Sparks (assistant)479–75310
Indiana FeverMarianne StanleyWashington Mystics (assistant)00–0000
New York LibertyWalt HopkinsMinnesota Lynx (assistant)00–0000
Washington MysticsMike ThibaultConnecticut Sun7130–108621

Western Conference

TeamHead coachPrevious jobYears with teamRecord with teamPlayoff AppearancesFinals AppearancesWNBA Championships
Dallas WingsBrian AglerLos Angeles Sparks110–24000
Las Vegas AcesBill LaimbeerNew York Liberty235–33100
Los Angeles SparksDerek Fisher122–12100
Minnesota LynxCheryl ReeveDetroit Shock (assistant)10231–109964
Phoenix MercurySandy BrondelloLos Angeles Sparks (assistant)6118–86611
Seattle StormDan HughesSan Antonio Stars244–24211

Awards

Most recent award winners

AwardWinnerPositionTeamVotes/Statistic
Most Valuable Player AwardElena Delle DonneGuard–forwardWashington Mystics41 out of 43
Finals MVP AwardEmma MeessemanCenterWashington Mystics
Rookie of the Year AwardNapheesa CollierForwardMinnesota Lynx29 out of 43
Most Improved Player AwardLeilani MitchellGuardPhoenix Mercury27 out of 43
Defensive Player of the Year AwardNatasha HowardForwardSeattle Storm33 out of 43
Sixth Woman of the Year AwardDearica HambyForwardLas Vegas Aces41 out of 43
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship AwardNneka OgwumikeForwardLos Angeles Sparks7 out of 43
Peak Performer: PointsBrittney GrinerCenterPhoenix Mercury20.7 PPG
Peak Performer: ReboundsJonquel JonesCenterConnecticut Sun9.7 RPG
Peak Performer: AssistsCourtney VanderslootGuardChicago Sky9.1 APG
Coach of the Year AwardJames WadeCoachChicago Sky27 out of 43
Basketball Executive of the Year AwardCheryl ReeveGeneral managerMinnesota Lynx4 out of 11

Retired numbers

No.TeamPlayerPos.Tenure
9Los Angeles SparksLisa LeslieC1997–2009
11Penny TolerG1997–99
24Indiana FeverTamika CatchingsSF2002–16
25Las Vegas AcesBecky HammonG2007–14
13Minnesota LynxLindsay WhalenG2004–18
7Phoenix MercuryMichele TimmsG1997–2001
13Penny TaylorG/F2004–16
22Jennifer GillomF1997–2002
32Bridget PettisG1997–2006
15Seattle StormLauren JacksonF/C2001–12

Attendance

YearTeamLeague
ATLCHICONDALINDLALVMINNYPHXSASEATULWASRegular seasonPost­season
20106,2934,2937,4868,2659,4687,62211,0698,9828,0418,3224,8129,3577,83410,822
20116,4875,5367,0568,05410,3168,4477,702[b]9,1678,7518,6594,82810,4497,9549,232
20125,4535,5737,2667,58210,0899,6836,779[b]7,8147,8507,4865,2038,6397,4529,195
20135,8536,6016,5488,1649,8699,3817,189[b]8,5577,9146,9815,4747,8387,5317,574
20145,8646,6855,9807,9008,2889,3338,9499,5577,7196,7175,5668,3777,5788,200
20156,1226,8945,5577,4859,0659,3649,1599,9464,8316,5165,1677,7147,3188,799
20165,6147,0095,8375,2988,5759,6389,2669,72410,3516,3857,2306,9297,6558,719
20174,4526,5836,7283,8727,53811,35010,4079,9899,9136,3867,7047,7717,716
20184,1946,3586,5694,7526,31110,6425,30710,0362,8239,9508,1096,1366,769
20194,2706,8356,8414,9995,88711,3074,6699,0692,23910,1937,5624,5466,535

Media coverage

Right now, WNBA games are broadcast all through the U.S. by ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Twitter, NBA TV, and CBS Sports Network.

In the early years, two women’s-situated networks, Lifetime and Oxygen, additionally communicate games including the main round of the WNBA. NBC showed games from 1997 to 2002 as a major aspect of their NBA on NBC coverage before the class moved the rights to ABC/ESPN.

In 2007, the WNBA and ESPN came to a 8-year TV understanding. The understanding would be the first to pay TV rights expenses to the association’s groups. At no other time had an understanding guaranteed rights expenses to a ladies’ expert group. The understanding ran from 2009 to 2016 and is worth a huge number of dollars.

In June 2007, the WNBA marked an agreement augmentation with ESPN. The new TV bargain runs from 2009 to 2016. At least 18 games will be communicated on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 each season; the rights to communicate the primary ordinary season game and the All-Star game are held by ABC. Furthermore, at least 11 postseason games will be communicated on any of the three stations.[94] Along with this arrangement, came the first-historically speaking rights expenses to be paid to a ladies’ pro athletics group. Over the eight years of the agreement, “a great many dollars” will be “scattered to the group’s groups”.

In 2013, the WNBA and ESPN marked a six-year augmentation on the communicate arrangement to cover 2017–2022. In the new arrangement, an aggregate of 30 games would be indicated each season on ESPN systems. Each group would get around $1 million every year.

On April 22, 2019, CBS Sports Network reached a multi-year arrangement to broadcast 40 customary season end of the week and primetime WNBA games, starting in the 2019 season.

A few groups offer games on nearby radio, while all groups have a few games communicate on neighborhood TV channels:

From 2010 to 2011, the customary season communicate drew 270,000 watchers a development of 5 percent from 2010’s numbers.[98] As sponsorships kept on developing with bargains from ESPN to air WNBA games on ESPN and ESPN 2. The group experienced some accomplishment on the advanced bleeding edge. It saw increments on its portable site visits by 26 percent alongside a significant increment in its internet based life space; Instagram developed by 51 percent this previous year.

All-time franchise history

TeamYearsAttendance
Avg.
WLPCTPlayoffsPlayoffs WPlayoffs LPlayoffs PCTTitles
Atlanta Dream2008–present6,455160180.47171518.4550
Charlotte Sting1997–20066,851143179.4446613.3160
Chicago Sky2006–present5,054179229.4394712.3680
Cleveland Rockers1997–20038,885108112.491469.4000
Connecticut Sun (total) 11999–present7,132339299.531102121.5000
Connecticut Sun2003–present6,887279231.54792019.5130
Dallas Wings (total) 21998–present7,382296372.443103022.5773
Dallas Wings2016–present2741.397101.0000
Detroit Shock1998–20098,463210186.53073019.6123
Houston Comets1997–20089,592241149.61892014.5884
Indiana Fever2000–present8,138310296.512133533.5151
Las Vegas Aces (total) 31997–present7,692291405.41891023.3030
Las Vegas Aces2018–present000000
Los Angeles Sparks1997–present9,080424272.609174538.5423
Miami Sol2000–20028,5564848.500112.3330
Minnesota Lynx1999–present8,008347291.54494119.6834
New York Liberty1997–present10,873371325.533152736.4290
Orlando Miracle1999–20027,9276068.469112.3330
Phoenix Mercury1997–present9,307358338.514123629.5543
Portland Fire2000–20028,3213759.385000.0000
Sacramento Monarchs1997–20098,287224200.52792419.5581
San Antonio Stars2003–20177,857204306.4007818.3080
Seattle Storm2000–present7,697303303.500131922.4632
Tulsa Shock2010–20155,17359145.289102.0000
Utah Starzz1997–20027,3348799.468225.2860
Washington Mystics1998–present11,288273395.40910821.2761

List of WNBA seasons

SeasonTeamsChampionCommissioner’s CupSeason MVPTop Draft PickRookie of the YearAll-Star Game
201012Seattle Storm (2)Not established until 2020Lauren Jackson (3)
Seattle Storm
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Stars at the Sun
201112Minnesota LynxNot established until 2020Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
AT&T Center, San Antonio
118-113, EAST
201212Indiana FeverNot established until 2020Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
No game held
201312Minnesota Lynx (2)Not established until 2020Candace Parker (2)
Los Angeles Sparks
Brittney Griner
Phoenix Mercury
Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
102-98, WEST
201412Phoenix Mercury (3)Not established until 2020Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
US Airways Center, Phoenix
125-124 (OT), EAST
201512Minnesota Lynx (3)Not established until 2020Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
117-112, WEST
201612Los Angeles Sparks (3)Not established until 2020Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
No game held
201712Minnesota Lynx (4)Not established until 2020Sylvia Fowles
Minnesota Lynx
Kelsey Plum
San Antonio Stars
Allisha Gray
Dallas Wings
KeyArena, Seattle
130-121 WEST
201812Seattle Storm (3)Not established until 2020Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
A’ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces
A’ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces
Target Center, Minneapolis
Team Parker 119, Team Delle Donne 112
201912Washington MysticsNot established until 2020Elena Delle Donne (2)
Washington Mystics
Jackie Young
Las Vegas Aces
Napheesa Collier
Minnesota Lynx
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Team Wilson 129, Team Delle Donne 126
202012No game held

WNBA Finals

SeasonChampionRunner-UpFormatResultFinals MVP
TeamCoachTeamCoach
2010Seattle StormBrian AglerAtlanta DreamMarynell MeadorsBest-of-five3–0Lauren Jackson
2011Minnesota LynxCheryl ReeveSeimone Augustus
2012Indiana FeverLin DunnMinnesota LynxCheryl Reeve3–1Tamika Catchings
2013Minnesota LynxCheryl ReeveAtlanta DreamFred Williams3–0Maya Moore
2014Phoenix MercurySandy BrondelloChicago SkyPokey ChatmanDiana Taurasi
2015Minnesota LynxCheryl ReeveIndiana FeverStephanie White3–2Sylvia Fowles
2016Los Angeles SparksBrian AglerMinnesota LynxCheryl ReeveCandace Parker
2017Minnesota LynxCheryl ReeveLos Angeles SparksBrian AglerSylvia Fowles
2018Seattle StormDan HughesWashington MysticsMike Thibault3–0Breanna Stewart
2019Washington MysticsMike ThibaultConnecticut SunCurt Miller3–2Emma Meesseman