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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
League Women’s National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration July 24 – October
Number of games 22
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV, CBSSN
Top draft pick Sabrina Ionescu
Picked by New York Liberty

Women’s National Basketball Association

Sport Basketball
Founded April 22, 1996; 24 years ago
Founder David Stern
Inaugural season 1997
Commissioner Cathy Engelbert
Motto “Watch Me Work”
No. of teams 12
Country United States
Headquarters New York City
Most recent
champion(s)
Washington Mystics (1st title)
Most titles Houston 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.

Category Player Team Statistic
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

Team Combined 2018–2019 Record Lottery Chances (out of 1,000)
New York Liberty – WON 17–51 442
Indiana Fever 19–49 276
Dallas Wings 25–43 178
Atlanta Dream 31–37 104

First round

Pick Player Position Nationality Team School / club team
1 Sabrina Ionescu G United States New York Liberty Oregon
2 Satou Sabally F Germany Dallas Wings Oregon
3 Lauren Cox F/C United States Indiana Fever Baylor
4 Chennedy Carter G United States Atlanta Dream Texas A&M
5 Bella Alarie F United States Dallas Wings Princeton
6 Mikiah Herbert Harrigan F Anguilla
United Kingdom
Minnesota Lynx South Carolina
7 Tyasha Harris G United States Dallas Wings South Carolina
8 Ruthy Hebard F United States Chicago Sky Oregon
9 Megan Walker F United States New York Liberty UConn
10 Jocelyn Willoughby F/G United States Phoenix Mercury Virginia
11 Kitija Laksa F Latvia Seattle Stormv South Florida/TTT Riga (Latvia)
12 Jazmine Jones G United States New York Liberty Louisville

Second round

Pick Player Position Nationality Team School / club team
13 Kylee Shook F United States New York Liberty Louisville
14 Kathleen Doyle G United States Indiana Fever Iowa
15 Leaonna Odom F United States New York Liberty Duke
16 Crystal Dangerfield G United States Minnesota Lynx UConn
17 Brittany Brewer F United States Atlanta Dream Texas Tech
18 Te’a Cooper G United States Phoenix Mercury Baylor
19 Joyner Holmes F United States Seattle Storm Texas
20 Beatrice Mompremier F United States Los Angeles Sparks Miami (FL)
21 Luisa Geiselsöder C Germany Dallas Wings Donau-Ries (Germany)
22 Leonie Fiebich F Germany Los Angeles Sparks Wasserburg (Germany)
23 Kaila Charles G United States Connecticut Sun Maryland
24 Jaylyn Agnew F United States Washington Mystics Creighton

Third round

Pick Player Position Nationality Team School / club team
25 Mikayla Pivec G United States Atlanta Dream Oregon State
26 Erica Ogwumike G United States New York Liberty Rice
27 Kobi Thornton F United States Atlanta Dream Clemson
28 Kamiah Smalls G United States Indiana Fever James Madison
29 Stella Johnson G United States Phoenix Mercury Rider
30 Japreece Dean G United States Chicago Sky UCLA
31 Haley Gorecki G United States Seattle Storm Duke
32 Kiah Gillespie F United States Chicago Sky Florida State
33 Lauren Manis F United States Las Vegas Aces Holy Cross
34 Tynice Martin G United States Los Angeles Sparks West Virginia
35 Juicy Landrum G United States Connecticut Sun Baylor
36 Sug Sutton G United States Washington Mystics Texas

All-Star Game

Standings

# Team W L PCT GB Home Road Conf. Cup
1 Atlanta Dream 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
2 Connecticut Sun 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
3 Chicago Sky 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
4 Dallas Wings 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
5 Indiana Fever 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
6 Las Vegas Aces 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
7 Los Angeles Sparks 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
8 Minnesota Lynx 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
9 New York Liberty 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
10 Phoenix Mercury 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
11 Seattle Storm 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
12 Washington Mystics 0 0 .000 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

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) 2 31–37 1 0 0
Chicago Sky James Wade UMMC Ekaterinburg (assistant) 1 20–14 1 0 0
Connecticut Sun Curt Miller Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 4 79–75 3 1 0
Indiana Fever Marianne Stanley Washington Mystics (assistant) 0 0–0 0 0 0
New York Liberty Walt Hopkins Minnesota Lynx (assistant) 0 0–0 0 0 0
Washington Mystics Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun 7 130–108 6 2 1

Western Conference

Team Head coach Previous job Years with team Record with team Playoff Appearances Finals Appearances WNBA Championships
Dallas Wings Brian Agler Los Angeles Sparks 1 10–24 0 0 0
Las Vegas Aces Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty 2 35–33 1 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks Derek Fisher 1 22–12 1 0 0
Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Detroit Shock (assistant) 10 231–109 9 6 4
Phoenix Mercury Sandy Brondello Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 6 118–86 6 1 1
Seattle Storm Dan Hughes San Antonio Stars 2 44–24 2 1 1

Awards

Most recent award winners

Award Winner Position Team Votes/Statistic
Most Valuable Player Award Elena Delle Donne Guard–forward Washington Mystics 41 out of 43
Finals MVP Award Emma Meesseman Center Washington Mystics
Rookie of the Year Award Napheesa Collier Forward Minnesota Lynx 29 out of 43
Most Improved Player Award Leilani Mitchell Guard Phoenix Mercury 27 out of 43
Defensive Player of the Year Award Natasha Howard Forward Seattle Storm 33 out of 43
Sixth Woman of the Year Award Dearica Hamby Forward Las Vegas Aces 41 out of 43
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Nneka Ogwumike Forward Los Angeles Sparks 7 out of 43
Peak Performer: Points Brittney Griner Center Phoenix Mercury 20.7 PPG
Peak Performer: Rebounds Jonquel Jones Center Connecticut Sun 9.7 RPG
Peak Performer: Assists Courtney Vandersloot Guard Chicago Sky 9.1 APG
Coach of the Year Award James Wade Coach Chicago Sky 27 out of 43
Basketball Executive of the Year Award Cheryl Reeve General manager Minnesota Lynx 4 out of 11

Retired numbers

No. Team Player Pos. Tenure
9 Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie C 1997–2009
11 Penny Toler G 1997–99
24 Indiana Fever Tamika Catchings SF 2002–16
25 Las Vegas Aces Becky Hammon G 2007–14
13 Minnesota Lynx Lindsay Whalen G 2004–18
7 Phoenix Mercury Michele Timms G 1997–2001
13 Penny Taylor G/F 2004–16
22 Jennifer Gillom F 1997–2002
32 Bridget Pettis G 1997–2006
15 Seattle Storm Lauren Jackson F/C 2001–12

Attendance

Year Team League
ATL CHI CON DAL IND LA LV MIN NY PHX SA SEA TUL WAS Regular season Post­season
2010 6,293 4,293 7,486 8,265 9,468 7,622 11,069 8,982 8,041 8,322 4,812 9,357 7,834 10,822
2011 6,487 5,536 7,056 8,054 10,316 8,447 7,702[b] 9,167 8,751 8,659 4,828 10,449 7,954 9,232
2012 5,453 5,573 7,266 7,582 10,089 9,683 6,779[b] 7,814 7,850 7,486 5,203 8,639 7,452 9,195
2013 5,853 6,601 6,548 8,164 9,869 9,381 7,189[b] 8,557 7,914 6,981 5,474 7,838 7,531 7,574
2014 5,864 6,685 5,980 7,900 8,288 9,333 8,949 9,557 7,719 6,717 5,566 8,377 7,578 8,200
2015 6,122 6,894 5,557 7,485 9,065 9,364 9,159 9,946 4,831 6,516 5,167 7,714 7,318 8,799
2016 5,614 7,009 5,837 5,298 8,575 9,638 9,266 9,724 10,351 6,385 7,230 6,929 7,655 8,719
2017 4,452 6,583 6,728 3,872 7,538 11,350 10,407 9,989 9,913 6,386 7,704 7,771 7,716
2018 4,194 6,358 6,569 4,752 6,311 10,642 5,307 10,036 2,823 9,950 8,109 6,136 6,769
2019 4,270 6,835 6,841 4,999 5,887 11,307 4,669 9,069 2,239 10,193 7,562 4,546 6,535

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

Team Years Attendance
Avg.
W L PCT Playoffs Playoffs W Playoffs L Playoffs PCT Titles
Atlanta Dream 2008–present 6,455 160 180 .471 7 15 18 .455 0
Charlotte Sting 1997–2006 6,851 143 179 .444 6 6 13 .316 0
Chicago Sky 2006–present 5,054 179 229 .439 4 7 12 .368 0
Cleveland Rockers 1997–2003 8,885 108 112 .491 4 6 9 .400 0
Connecticut Sun (total) 1 1999–present 7,132 339 299 .531 10 21 21 .500 0
Connecticut Sun 2003–present 6,887 279 231 .547 9 20 19 .513 0
Dallas Wings (total) 2 1998–present 7,382 296 372 .443 10 30 22 .577 3
Dallas Wings 2016–present 27 41 .397 1 0 1 .000 0
Detroit Shock 1998–2009 8,463 210 186 .530 7 30 19 .612 3
Houston Comets 1997–2008 9,592 241 149 .618 9 20 14 .588 4
Indiana Fever 2000–present 8,138 310 296 .512 13 35 33 .515 1
Las Vegas Aces (total) 3 1997–present 7,692 291 405 .418 9 10 23 .303 0
Las Vegas Aces 2018–present 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks 1997–present 9,080 424 272 .609 17 45 38 .542 3
Miami Sol 2000–2002 8,556 48 48 .500 1 1 2 .333 0
Minnesota Lynx 1999–present 8,008 347 291 .544 9 41 19 .683 4
New York Liberty 1997–present 10,873 371 325 .533 15 27 36 .429 0
Orlando Miracle 1999–2002 7,927 60 68 .469 1 1 2 .333 0
Phoenix Mercury 1997–present 9,307 358 338 .514 12 36 29 .554 3
Portland Fire 2000–2002 8,321 37 59 .385 0 0 0 .000 0
Sacramento Monarchs 1997–2009 8,287 224 200 .527 9 24 19 .558 1
San Antonio Stars 2003–2017 7,857 204 306 .400 7 8 18 .308 0
Seattle Storm 2000–present 7,697 303 303 .500 13 19 22 .463 2
Tulsa Shock 2010–2015 5,173 59 145 .289 1 0 2 .000 0
Utah Starzz 1997–2002 7,334 87 99 .468 2 2 5 .286 0
Washington Mystics 1998–present 11,288 273 395 .409 10 8 21 .276 1

List of WNBA seasons

Season Teams Champion Commissioner’s Cup Season MVP Top Draft Pick Rookie of the Year All-Star Game
2010 12 Seattle Storm (2) Not established until 2020 Lauren Jackson (3)
Seattle Storm
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Stars at the Sun
2011 12 Minnesota Lynx Not established until 2020 Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
AT&T Center, San Antonio
118-113, EAST
2012 12 Indiana Fever Not established until 2020 Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
No game held
2013 12 Minnesota Lynx (2) Not established until 2020 Candace Parker (2)
Los Angeles Sparks
Brittney Griner
Phoenix Mercury
Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
102-98, WEST
2014 12 Phoenix Mercury (3) Not established until 2020 Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
US Airways Center, Phoenix
125-124 (OT), EAST
2015 12 Minnesota Lynx (3) Not established until 2020 Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
117-112, WEST
2016 12 Los Angeles Sparks (3) Not established until 2020 Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
No game held
2017 12 Minnesota Lynx (4) Not established until 2020 Sylvia Fowles
Minnesota Lynx
Kelsey Plum
San Antonio Stars
Allisha Gray
Dallas Wings
KeyArena, Seattle
130-121 WEST
2018 12 Seattle Storm (3) Not established until 2020 Breanna 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
2019 12 Washington Mystics Not established until 2020 Elena 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
2020 12 No game held

WNBA Finals

Season Champion Runner-Up Format Result Finals MVP
Team Coach Team Coach
2010 Seattle Storm Brian Agler Atlanta Dream Marynell Meadors Best-of-five 3–0 Lauren Jackson
2011 Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Seimone Augustus
2012 Indiana Fever Lin Dunn Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve 3–1 Tamika Catchings
2013 Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Atlanta Dream Fred Williams 3–0 Maya Moore
2014 Phoenix Mercury Sandy Brondello Chicago Sky Pokey Chatman Diana Taurasi
2015 Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Indiana Fever Stephanie White 3–2 Sylvia Fowles
2016 Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Candace Parker
2017 Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Sylvia Fowles
2018 Seattle Storm Dan Hughes Washington Mystics Mike Thibault 3–0 Breanna Stewart
2019 Washington Mystics Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun Curt Miller 3–2 Emma Meesseman