1999 WNBA season

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1999 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration May - September
Number of games 32
Number of teams 12
Total attendance 1,959,733
Average attendance 10,207
TV partner(s) ESPN, NBC, Lifetime
1999 WNBA Draft
Top draft pick United States Chamique Holdsclaw
Picked by Washington Mystics
Regular season
Season MVP United States Yolanda Griffith (Sacramento)
Eastern champions New York Liberty
  Eastern runners-up Charlotte Sting
Western champions Houston Comets
  Western runners-up Los Angeles Sparks
Champions Houston Comets
  Runners-up New York Liberty
Finals MVP United States Cynthia Cooper (Houston)
WNBA seasons

The 1999 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's third season. The 1999 season saw two expansion teams join the league, the Minnesota Lynx and Orlando Miracle. The schedule was increased from 30 to 32 games per team. The season ended with the Houston Comets winning their third WNBA championship.

Regular season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
New York Liberty x 18 14 .563 12–8
Detroit Shock x 15 17 .469 12–8 3.0
Charlotte Sting x 15 17 .469 12–8 3.0
Orlando Miracle o 15 17 .469 9–11 3.0
Washington Mystics o 12 20 .375 10–10 6.0
Cleveland Rockers o 7 25 .219 5–15 11.0

Western Conference

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Houston Comets x 26 6 .813 16–4
Los Angeles Sparks x 20 12 .625 12–8 6.0
Sacramento Monarchs x 19 13 .594 9–11 7.0
Phoenix Mercury o 15 17 .469 7–13 11.0
Minnesota Lynx o 15 17 .469 8–12 11.0
Utah Starzz o 15 17 .469 8–12 11.0

Season award winners[edit]

Award Winner Team
WNBA Finals MVP Award Cynthia Cooper Houston Comets
WNBA Most Valuable Player Award Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA Newcomer of the Year Award Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA Peak Performer Murriel Page Washington Mystics
WNBA Peak Performer Eva Nemcova Cleveland Rockers
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award Chamique Holdsclaw Washington Mystics
WNBA Sportsmanship Award Dawn Staley Charlotte Sting
WNBA Coach of the Year Award Van Chancellor Houston Comets


There were 12 teams in the league. For the playoffs, the three teams with the best record in each conference were seeded one to three. The top seeded team in each conference got a bye for the first round.

  First Round
Best of 1
Conference Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 3
  E1 New York 2  
Eastern Conference
    E3 Charlotte 1  
E2 Detroit 0
  E3 Charlotte 1  
    E1 New York 1
  W1 Houston 2
W1 Houston 2
Western Conference
    W2 Los Angeles 1  
W2 Los Angeles 1
  W3 Sacramento 0  

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