2019 WNBA season

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2019 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 24 – September 8
Number of games34 per team
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV, CBSSN
Top draft pickJackie Young
Picked byLas Vegas Aces
WNBA seasons
2020 →

The 2019 WNBA season is the 23rd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Seattle Storm are the defending champions. The regular season began on May 24, with the Atlanta Dream hosting the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty hosting the Indiana Fever.

2019 WNBA draft[edit]

The Las Vegas Aces had the first pick in the 2019 WNBA draft on April 10, marking the third straight draft in which the franchise won the lottery for the top pick.[1][2] With the top pick, the Aces selected Jackie Young from Notre Dame. The draft was televised nationally on the ESPN networks (Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU).

Rule changes[edit]

The WNBA Board of Governors approved two rule changes at their November 15, 2018 meeting that would go into effect during the 2019 season.[3]

  1. The "Clear Path Foul Rule" was simplified to establish "bright line" standards based on a player's positioning.
  2. The definition of a "Hostile Act" was expanded for purposes of instant replay.

Media coverage[edit]

On April 22, 2019, CBS Sports Network announced a multi-year deal with the league to broadcast 40 games a season starting in May 2019.

Transactions[edit]

Retirement[edit]

  • On February 26, 2019 Monique Currie announced her retirement via Instagram. Currie retired to pursue a career with Nike.[6]

Free agency[edit]

Free agency negotiations began on January 15, 2019, with the signing period starting on February 1, 2019.[8]

Coaching changes[edit]

Off-season
Team 2018 season 2019 season Reference
Chicago Sky Amber Stocks James Wade [9] [10]
Dallas Wings Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Interim) Brian Agler [11]
Los Angeles Sparks Brian Agler Derek Fisher [12] [13]

Administration[edit]

  • On June 17, Cathy Engelbert became the first Commissioner of the WNBA (previous top administrators had been titled "President"). She had previously served as CEO of the U.S. member firm of the international professional services firm Deloitte.[14]

Arena changes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

All-Star Game[edit]

July 27, 2019

Standings[edit]

Source:[19]

# Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Connecticut Sun 9 2 .818 6–0 3–2 5–1
2 Washington Mystics 7 3 .700 1.5 3–1 4–2 4–2
3 Chicago Sky 6 3 .667 2 4–1 2–2 3–2
4 Indiana Fever 5 6 .455 4 2–3 3–3 3–3
5 New York Liberty 3 7 .300 5.5 2–4 1–3 0–4
6 Atlanta Dream 2 7 .222 6 2–4 0–3 1–4
# Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
1 Seattle Storm 7 4 .636 4–0 3–4 3–1
2 Las Vegas Aces 5 4 .556 1 3–2 2–2 3–1
3 Minnesota Lynx 5 5 .500 1.5 4–3 1–2 3–3
4 Los Angeles Sparks 4 6 .400 2.5 1–2 3–4 2–3
5 Phoenix Mercury 3 5 .375 2.5 2–1 1–4 2–4
6 Dallas Wings 2 6 .250 3 2–2 0–4 1–2

Notes

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

Statistical leaders[edit]

The following shows the leaders in each statistical category during the 2019 regular season. Statistics current through games played June 23, 2019.[20] [21]

Schedule[edit]

2019 WNBA preseason
2019 WNBA regular season
2019 WNBA postseason

Playoffs[edit]

Season award winners[edit]

Player of the Week Award[edit]

Player of the Month Award[edit]

Rookie of the Month Award[edit]

Coach of the Month Award[edit]

Postseason awards[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

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 James Wade UMMC Ekaterinburg (assistant) 0 0–0 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[edit]

Team Head coach Previous job Years with team Record with team Playoff Appearances Finals Appearances WNBA Championships
Dallas Wings Brian Agler Los Angeles Sparks 0 0–0 0 0 0
Las Vegas Aces Bill Laimbeer New York Liberty 1 14–20 0 0 0
Los Angeles Sparks Derek Fisher New York Knicks 0 0–0 0 0 0
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 1

Notes:

  • Year with team does not include 2019 season.
  • Records are from time at current team and are through the end of the 2018 season.
  • Playoff appearances are from time at current team only.
  • WNBA Finals and Championships do not include time with other teams.
  • Coaches shown are the coaches who began the 2019 season as head coach of each team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WNBA Draft Lottery 2019 Presented By State Farm Results". wnba.com. WNBA. August 28, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "WNBA Draft 2019 Presented By State Farm To Be Held April 10". wnba.com. WNBA. March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "WNBA Board of Governors Approves Two Rules Changes for 2019 Season". wnba.com. WNBA. November 15, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Lindsay Whalen To Retire After 2018 Season". wnba.com. WNBA. August 13, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Noelle Quinn Returns to Storm as an Assistant Coach". WNBA. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (February 26, 2019). "WNBA's Currie retires, starts new career at Nike". espn.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (April 16, 2019). "Two-time WNBA champion Pondexter retires". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Key Dates:2019 WNBA Season". wnba.com. WNBA. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Chicago Sky Announce Change in Coaching Staff". OurSportsCentral.com. August 31, 2018.
  10. ^ Youngblood, Kent (November 9, 2018). "Lynx assistant James Wade headed to Chicago to become Sky's head coach". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Associated Press (December 17, 2018). "Brian Agler to be next coach of Dallas Wings". ESPN. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Voepele, Mechelle (November 30, 2018). "Brian Agler resigns as Sparks coach". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Ballow, Jonah (December 5, 2018). "Sparks Hire Derek Fisher As Head Coach". WNBA.com. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (May 15, 2019). "WNBA tabs CEO Engelbert as 1st commissioner". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Seattle Storm Set to Play 2019 WNBA Season at University of Washington's Alaska Airlines Arena" (Press release). Seattle Storm. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Seattle Storm Announces 2019 Regular Season Schedule" (Press release). Seattle Storm. December 18, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Atlanta Dream Announce 2019 Home Games to be Played at State Farm Arena". dream.wnba.com. WNBA. December 13, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  18. ^ Barrios, Jennifer (September 22, 2018). "Residents hope new arena means new life for long-neglected area". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  19. ^ "2019 Regular Season Standings". wnba.com. WNBA. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "WNBA Stats Season Leaders". wnba.com. WNBA. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  21. ^ "WNBA Stats Teams Traditional". wnba.com. WNBA. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jonquel Jones, Natasha Howard Named WNBA Players of the Week". wnba.com. WNBA. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  23. ^ "Jonquel Jones, DeWanna Bonner Player Of The Week Highlights". wnba.com. WNBA. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jonquel Jones, Natasha Howard Win Player of the Week". wnba.com. WNBA. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.