2008 WNBA season

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2008 WNBA season
Duration May 17 – October 5
Games 34
Teams 14
Total attendance 1,887,706
Average attendance 7,932
TV partner/s ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick United States Candace Parker
Picked by Los Angeles Sparks
Regular season
Season MVP United States Candace Parker (Los Angeles)
Stat leaders
    Points D. Taurasi (24.1)
    Rebounds C. Parker (9.5)
    Assists L. Whalen (5.4)
Playoffs
East champions Detroit Shock
  East runners-up   New York Liberty
West champions San Antonio Silver Stars
  West runners-up   Los Angeles Sparks
Finals
Finals champions Detroit Shock
  Runners-up   San Antonio Silver Stars
Finals MVP United States Katie Smith (Detroit)
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The 2008 WNBA Season was the 12th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. It was the first WNBA season ever with a franchise in Atlanta as the Dream were announced in late 2007.

No WNBA All-Star Game was held due to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The regular season began with a televised (ABC) meeting between the defending champion Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17.

2007/2008 WNBA Offseason[edit]

Atlanta Dream Expansion Draft[edit]

Atlanta held their expansion draft on February 6, 2008 when they selected one player from each of the thirteen teams in the league.

Some of the players chosen were:

The Dream were then free to make trades with other teams in the league.

2008 WNBA Draft[edit]

On October 23, 2007, the WNBA draft lottery was held. The Los Angeles Sparks received the first pick. The Chicago Sky was awarded the number two pick, followed by the Minnesota Lynx at number three, the Atlanta Dream at number four, the Houston Comets at number five and the Washington Mystics at number six.

The 2008 WNBA Draft was held on April 9 in Tampa, Florida. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN2. Second and third round coverage was shown on NBA TV.

The top draft picks were as follows:

  1. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
  2. Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky
  3. Candice Wiggins, Minnesota Lynx
  4. Alexis Hornbuckle, Detroit Shock
  5. Matee Ajavon, Houston Comets
  6. Crystal Langhorne, Washington Mystics

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 22 12 .647 14–3 8–9 16–4
Connecticut Sun x 21 13 .618 1.0 13–4 8–9 13–7
New York Liberty x 19 15 .559 3.0 11–6 8–9 11–9
Indiana Fever x 17 17 .500 5.0 11–6 6–11 12–8
Chicago Sky o 12 22 .353 10.0 8–9 4–13 10–10
Washington Mystics o 10 24 .294 12.0 6–11 4–13 6–14
Atlanta Dream o 4 30 .118 18.0 1–16 3–14 2–18
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
San Antonio Silver Stars x 24 10 .706 15–2 9–8 10–10
Seattle Storm x 22 12 .647 2.0 16–1 6–11 13–7
Los Angeles Sparks x 20 14 .588 4.0 12–5 8–9 12–8
Sacramento Monarchs x 18 16 .529 13–4 5–12 6.0 9–11
Houston Comets o 17 17 .500 7.0 13–4 4–13 10–10
Minnesota Lynx o 16 18 .471 8.0 10–7 6–11 8–12
Phoenix Mercury o 16 18 .471 8.0 9–8 7–10 8–12

All-star game[edit]

There was no WNBA All-Star Game due to the break July 28 through August 27 for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This marks the first time since the game was started in the 1999 season that there was no All-Star contest.

Statistic Leaders[edit]

Playoffs and Finals[edit]

Main article: 2008 WNBA Playoffs

This was the outlook for the 2008 WNBA playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

First Round Conference Finals WNBA Finals
                 
1 Detroit 2
4 Indiana 1
1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
3 New York 1
2 Connecticut 1
3 New York 2
1 Detroit 3
1 San Antonio 0
1 San Antonio 2
4 Sacramento 1
1 San Antonio 2
Western Conference
3 Los Angeles 1
2 Seattle 1
3 Los Angeles 2

2008 WNBA Season Summary[edit]

Season Highlights[edit]

End-of-Season Business Report[edit]

  • Regular season attendance saw an increase of 2.21%.
  • There were 46 sellouts, more than triple the 17 for the 2007 regular season and double the previous record of 23 in 2004.
  • The WNBA on national television (ABC and ESPN2) finished up 19% both in ratings (0.32 vs 0.27) and viewership (413,000 vs. 346,000).
  • The WNBA finished up in key demographics on ESPN2—Women 18-34 (up 71%) and Men 18-34 (up 28%) – and on ABC—All Women (up 10%) and Women 18-34 (up 20%).
  • WNBA.com set all-time highs in visits and page views. Overall, WNBA.com received nearly 13 million visits and 59 million page views, up 35% and 20%, respectively.
  • WNBA.com set monthly traffic records in July with more than 3.8 million visits and 16 million page views.
  • On June 23, 2008, one day after Los Angeles Sparks rookie Candace Parker became the second WNBA player to dunk in a regular season game, WNBA.com set a single-day record with nearly 95,000 video streams.
  • League merchandise sales were up more than 36%, and WNBA jersey sales were up more than 46%.

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Season Award Winners[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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