2018 WNBA season

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
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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 Outgoing coach Incoming coach
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

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 will not be a restriction on number of players from one conference. The top 2 vote getters will be captains of the two All-Star teams and select their teams from the pool of remaining 20 players. The 22 All-Stars will be revealed on July 17, 2018. Rosters will be revealed on July 19, 2018.[7]

July 28
3:30pm
Team Delle Donne vs. Team Paker

Standings[]

Source:[8]

# Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Atlanta Dream 14 9 .609 8–3 6–6 10–3
2 Washington Mystics 13 10 .565 1 8–5 5–5 9–3
3 Connecticut Sun 12 12 .500 2.5 6–4 6–8 6–6
4 Chicago Sky 8 16 .333 6.5 6–7 2–9 4–7
5 New York Liberty 7 16 .304 7 4–8 3–8 6–6
6 Indiana Fever 3 21 .125 11.5 1–11 2–10 1–11
# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Seattle Storm 18 6 .750 10–4 8–2 7–5
2 Phoenix Mercury 15 9 .625 3 5–4 10–5 6–5
3 Los Angeles Sparks 14 10 .583 4 8–5 6–5 7–6
3 Dallas Wings 14 10 .583 4 9–3 5–7 6–8
5 Minnesota Lynx 13 10 .565 4 7–5 6–5 7–4
6 Las Vegas Aces 11 13 .458 6.5 5–6 6–7 4–9

Notes

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


Statistic leaders[]

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2010 regular season. Statistics updated through games on July 18, 2018.[9]

Schedule[]

2018 WNBA preseason
2018 WNBA regular season
2018 WNBA postseason

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:

References[]

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  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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  14. ^ "Atlanta's McCoughtry, Minnesota's Moore Named WNBA Players Of The Week". wnba.com. WNBA. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 
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  17. ^ "Atlanta's Breland, Los Angeles' Parker Named WNBA Players Of The Week". wnba.com. WNBA. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Washington's Delle Donne, Phoenix's Taurasi Named WNBA Players of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson Named Rookie of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Phoenix's Sandy Brondello Named WNBA Coach of the Month". wnba.com. WNBA. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.