2010 WNBA season

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2010 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 15 – September 16
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Total attendance1,598,174
Average attendance7,834
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pickUnited States Tina Charles
Picked byConnecticut Sun
Season MVPAustralia Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
Eastern championsAtlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-upNew York Liberty
Western championsSeattle Storm
  Western runners-upPhoenix Mercury
Finals championsSeattle Storm
  Runners-upAtlanta Dream
Finals MVPAustralia Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
WNBA seasons

The 2010 WNBA season was the 14th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The regular season began with a televised (ESPN2) meeting between the defending champion Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks in Phoenix, Arizona on May 15. The Connecticut Sun hosted the 10th Annual All-Star Game which was broadcast live on ESPN on July 10. This year, it was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA Basketball team and a single team of WNBA All-Stars. The Finals was a series between the Seattle Storm and the Atlanta Dream which Seattle won 3-0.

2009/2010 WNBA offseason[edit]

  • The new television deal with ESPN continued during the 2010 season (runs 2009–2016). For the first time ever, teams will be paid rights fees as part of this deal.
  • As of the 2009 season, the maximum roster size per team was reduced from 13 to 11. Any team that falls below nine players able to play due to injury, pregnancy or any other factor outside of the control of the team will, upon request, be granted a roster hardship exception allowing the team to sign an additional player or players so that the team will have nine players able to play in an upcoming game or games. As soon as the injured (or otherwise sidelined) player(s) is able to play, the roster hardship player(s) – not any other player on the roster—must be waived.
  • On September 29, 2009, Nolan Richardson was named head coach and general manager of a potential Tulsa, Oklahoma franchise.
  • On October 20, 2009, the Detroit Shock announced that the franchise would relocate to Tulsa as well as move to the Western Conference.
  • On November 20, 2009, the Sacramento Monarchs folded.
  • On December 3, 2009, the New York Liberty announced that previously interim head coach Anne Donovan would be named head coach.
  • On December 8, 2009, Cheryl Reeve was named head coach of the Minnesota Lynx.
  • A dispersal draft was held on December 14, 2009 for all non-free agent Sacramento Monarchs players.
  • On January 7, 2010, the Los Angeles Sparks named former player Jennifer Gillom head coach.
  • On February 25, 2010, Sandy Brondello was named head coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars when Dan Hughes stepped aside from the position.

Transactions[edit]

Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft[edit]

On December 14, 2009, the Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft was held. Three former Monarchs players, Kara Lawson, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Ticha Penicheiro were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft. Teams selected based inversely on their 2009 season finish.

The top picks were:

  1. Nicole Powell, New York Liberty
  2. Rebekkah Brunson, Minnesota Lynx
  3. DeMya Walker, Connecticut Sun

Four of the twelve teams making selections waived their picks.

2010 WNBA Draft[edit]

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 5, 2009. The lottery teams were the Sacramento Monarchs, Minnesota Lynx (from N.Y.), Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut Sun and Chicago Sky. The top pick was awarded to Minnesota. Since Sacramento folded after the lottery, all the teams following Sacramento in the draft simply moved up a pick. Minnesota subsequently traded the first overall pick to Connecticut.

The 2010 WNBA Draft was held on April 8, 2010, in Secaucus, New Jersey. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN2 (HD). Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV.

The top picks were:

  1. Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun
  2. Monica Wright, Minnesota Lynx
  3. Kelsey Griffin, Minnesota Lynx
  4. Epiphanny Prince, Chicago Sky
  5. Jayne Appel, San Antonio Silver Stars

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Washington Mystics x 22 12 .647 13–4 9–8 13–9
New York Liberty x 22 12 .647 13–4 9–8 14–8
Indiana Fever x 21 13 .618 1.0 13–4 8–9 13–9
Atlanta Dream x 19 15 .559 3.0 10–7 9–8 10–12
Connecticut Sun o 17 17 .500 5.0 12–5 5–12 9–13
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 8.0 7–10 7–10 7–15
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Seattle Storm x 28 6 .824 17–0 11–6 20–2
Phoenix Mercury x 15 19 .441 13.0 9–8 6–11 13–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x 14 20 .412 14.0 8–9 6–11 11–11
Los Angeles Sparks x 13 21 .382 15.0 8–9 5–12 10–12
Minnesota Lynx o 13 21 .382 15.0 7–10 6–11 8–14
Tulsa Shock o 6 28 .176 22.0 4–13 2–15 4–18

All-Star Game[edit]

The 2010 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the Connecticut Sun on July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm on ESPN. This marks the third time the Sun have hosted the annual event. Unlike in previous years, this game was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA basketball team and a team of WNBA all-stars.

July 10
3:30pm
USA 99, WNBA 72
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 20–9, 26–16, 24–28
Pts: Fowles (23)
Rebs: Dupree, Fowles, Moore (8)
Asts: Pondexter (6)
Pts: Douglas (15)
Rebs: Harding (7)
Asts: Harding (4)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,518
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Kurt Walker

Statistic leaders[edit]

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2010 regular season.

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury 22.6 PPG
Rebounds per game Tina Charles Connecticut Sun 11.7 RPG
Assists per game Ticha Penicheiro Los Angeles Sparks 6.9 APG
Steals per game Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever 2.26 SPG
Blocks per game Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky 2.59 BPG
Field goal percentage Candice Dupree Phoenix Mercury 66.4% (231–348)
Three point FG percentage Leilani Mitchell New York Liberty 48.6% (72–148)
Free throw percentage Becky Hammon San Antonio Silver Stars 96.0% (97–101)
Points per game Team Stat Phoenix Mercury 93.88 PPG
Least points allowed Team Stat Washington Mystics 73.27 PPG
Field goal percentage Team Stat Phoenix Mercury 47.3%
Least FG% allowed Team Stat Seattle Storm 41.3%

Schedule[edit]

2010 WNBA preseason
2010 WNBA regular season
2010 WNBA postseason

Playoffs and Finals[edit]

Conference Semi-Finals
Best-of-3
Conference Finals
Best-of-3
WNBA Finals
Best-of-5
         
E1 Washington 0
E4 Atlanta 2
E4 Atlanta 2
Eastern Conference
E2 New York 0
E2 New York 2
E3 Indiana 1
E4 Atlanta 0
W1 Seattle 3
W1 Seattle 2
W4 Los Angeles 0
W1 Seattle 2
Western Conference
W2 Phoenix 0
W2 Phoenix 2
W3 San Antonio 0

Season award winners[edit]

Player of the Week award[edit]

For games
played beginning
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Player Team Player Team
May 15, 2010 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
May 22, 2010 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
May 29, 2010 Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
June 5, 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
June 12, 2010 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx
June 19, 2010 Crystal Langhorne Washington Mystics Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
June 26, 2010 Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
July 3, 2010 Iziane Castro Marques Atlanta Dream Candice Dupree Phoenix Mercury
July 10, 2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
July 17, 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
July 24, 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
July 31, 2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Lindsay Whalen Minnesota Lynx
August 7, 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Tina Thompson Los Angeles Sparks
August 14, 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Tina Thompson Los Angeles Sparks

Player of the Month award[edit]

For games played Eastern Conference Western Conference
Player Team Player Team
May 2010 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
June 2010 Crystal Langhorne Washington Mystics
July 2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
August 2010 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Tina Thompson Los Angeles Sparks

Rookie of the Month award[edit]

For games played Player Team
May 2010 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010

Postseason awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team Votes/Statistic
Most Valuable Player Award Lauren Jackson Forward Seattle Storm 323 out of 1002
Finals MVP Award Lauren Jackson Forward Seattle Storm
Rookie of the Year Award Tina Charles Center Connecticut Sun 39 out of 39
Most Improved Player Award Leilani Mitchell Guard New York Liberty 29 out of 39
Defensive Player of the Year Award Tamika Catchings Forward Indiana Fever 30 out of 39
Sixth Woman of the Year Award DeWanna Bonner Guard/Forward Phoenix Mercury 16 out of 39
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Tamika Catchings Forward Indiana Fever 10 out of 38
Peak Performer: Points Diana Taurasi Guard/Forward Phoenix Mercury 22.6 PPG
Peak Performer: Rebounds Tina Charles Center Connecticut Sun 11.7 RPG
Peak Performer: Assists Ticha Penicheiro Guard Los Angeles Sparks 6.9 APG
Coach of the Year Award Brian Agler Coach Seattle Storm 17 out of 39
Team Guard Guard Forward Forward Center
All-WNBA First Team Cappie Pondexter Diana Taurasi Tamika Catchings Lauren Jackson Sylvia Fowles
All-WNBA Second Team Sue Bird Katie Douglas Angel McCoughtry Crystal Langhorne Tina Charles
All-Defensive First Team Cappie Pondexter Tanisha Wright Tamika Catchings Angel McCoughtry Sylvia Fowles
All-Defensive Second Team Tully Bevilaqua
Katie Douglas
Lindsey Harding Sancho Lyttle Rebekkah Brunson Lauren Jackson
All-Rookie Team Epiphanny Prince Kalana Greene Monica Wright Kelsey Griffin Tina Charles

Coaches[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]