2018 WNBA season

2018 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 18 – September 12
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Average attendance6,721[1]
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Top draft pickA'ja Wilson
Picked byLas Vegas Aces
Season MVPUnited States Breanna Stewart (Seattle)
Eastern championsAtlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-upWashington Mystics
Western championsSeattle Storm
  Western runners-upPhoenix Mercury
Finals championsSeattle Storm
  Runners-upWashington Mystics
Finals MVPUnited States Breanna Stewart (Seattle)
WNBA seasons
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The 2018 WNBA season was 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 regular season ended on August 19.

2018 WNBA Draft[]

The Las Vegas Aces selected A'ja Wilson first in the 2018 WNBA Draft.[2] 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.[8]

July 28
3:30pm
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:[9]

# 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 – Qualified for playoffs
e – Eliminated from playoffs

Statistic leaders[]

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2018 regular season.[10]

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
(Aug. 26 – Sept. 4)
WNBA Finals:
Best-of-five
(Sept. 7 – Sept. 12)
 
              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
2
 
 
 
 
 
4
Connecticut Sun
86
 
 
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
96
 
5
Phoenix Mercury
101
 
 
 
8
Dallas Wings
83
 
1
Seattle Storm
3
 
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
0
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
75
 
 
 
7
Minnesota Lynx
68
 
3
Washington Mystics
96
 
 
6
Los Angeles Sparks
64
 
 
 
 
 
2
Atlanta Dream
2
 
 
3
Washington Mystics
3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Semifinals
Team 1 2 3 4 5
1
Seattle Storm
91 91 66 84 94
5
Phoenix Mercury
87 87 86 86 84
Team 1 2 3 4 5
2
Atlanta Dream
84 78 81 76 81
3
Washington Mystics
87 75 76 97 86
WNBA Finals
Team 1 2 3
1
Seattle Storm
89 75 98
3
Washington Mystics
76 73 82


Season award winners[]

Player of the Week Award[]

Player of the Month Award[]

Rookie of the Month Award[]

Coach of the Month Award[]

Postseason awards[]

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) 1 23-11 1 0 0
Chicago Sky Amber Stocks Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 2 35–43 0 0 0
Connecticut Sun Curt Miller Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 3 56–46 2 0 0
Indiana Fever Pokey Chatman Chicago Sky 2 15–53 0 0 0
New York Liberty Katie Smith New York Liberty (assistant) 1 7–27 0 0 0
Washington Mystics Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun 6 104–100 5 1 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 72–97 3 0 0
Las Vegas Aces Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty 1 14–20 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Seattle Storm 4 75–54 3 2 1
Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve Detroit Shock (assistant) 8 213–93 7 6 4
Phoenix Mercury Sandy Brondello Los Angeles Sparks (assistant) 5 103–67 5 1 1
Seattle Storm Dan Hughes San Antonio Stars 1 26–8 1 1 0

Notes:

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