This is the second in a series of posts called And One, where the goal is to take a deeper look at some of the figures in women’s basketball history who aren’t often mentioned or may not be well-known to newer fans of the game. The series continues with a feature on Olympic gold medalist and five-time WNBA All-Star Shannon Johnson. We’ve seen a ton of elite-level passing in the WNBA this season. Combine that with some of the best scorers the league has ever seen, and the assists start to rack up. Four of the top seven all-time assist-per-game leaders are active in the leagueRead More →

This is the first in what will be a series of posts called And One, where the goal is to take a deeper look at some of the figures in women’s basketball history who aren’t often mentioned or may not be well-known to newer fans of the game. The series starts with a feature on two-time WNBA champion Tangela Smith. I’ve spent a lot of time this WNBA season talking about movement up a couple of leader boards that, even at the time this is being written, are still very fluid: games played and blocks. Nine of the 25 players who lead the league in careerRead More →

Previously, I talked about a new metric for tracking the pain of a WNBA schedule considering the compactness of this summer’s schedule. In this post, I’ll take a look at how these numbers reflect on past seasons. To analyze the pain of a schedule, it makes the most sense to look toward the end of the season, when the pain of the schedule tends to be felt the most (the wear of the travel and full schedule of games has been played). In fact, for all but a few seasons (more on that in a minute), the maximum average pain is observed in the lastRead More →

The “condensed schedule” has been a major topic of discussion this WNBA season. With the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup beginning in late September, the 2018 WNBA season had to be stuffed into a shorter span starting in late May and ending (including Playoffs) less than four months later. That led me to dive in to a closer look at the pain of the WNBA schedule in general. In particular, in the first post of this series, I’m going to look at the 2017 and 2018 schedules. Using the WNBA Attendance Database and a very basic formula, I’ve plotted the relative pain of the WNBA scheduleRead More →

Continuing the theme of continuity in the WNBA, this time we’ll look at player movement around the league. Let’s start with a breakdown of a few figures, and we’ll dive deeper from there. Keep in mind this is based on each team’s roster as of June 17, 2018. Counting Movement First, we can look at average number of team movements per player on each team’s current roster. This is calculated as the total number of times a player on the roster has moved teams divided by the number of players on the roster. Years off are not counted, and franchise moves do not count. ThisRead More →

Continuity in the WNBA is not incredibly common. Rosters shuffle at least a couple players at least every few years, and it’s rare you see a player stay on a team’s roster for their entire career. In fact, of the players in the top 25 in games played all-time, only three played every game for the same team: Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever, drafted in 2001, played 2002 – 2016) Sue Bird (Seattle Storm, 2002 – present) Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury, 2004 – present) Special consideration can be given to players who only changed teams (presumably) because of their first team folding. Even in that case,Read More →

This post is part of a series on WNBA coaching staffs in order to better understand each staff’s history and experience in women’s basketball and the game of basketball more widely. Head Coach: Curt Miller Curt Miller enters his third season with the Connecticut Sun, serving as head coach and general manager. He led a turnaround from his first year record of 14 – 20 to finish the 2017 season with a 21 – 13 record and a second-round loss in the Playoffs. Prior to taking over the top coaching job for the Sun, Miller’s basketball history goes back to the early 1990s. Miller wasRead More →

Tonight, the 2018 class will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. This class has made an impact on every level of the game, from high school to the professional ranks, and many are still actively involved in women’s basketball. Rather than try to compile a run-down on each inductee, I’ll be featuring links to great stories on each upcoming Hall of Fame member. To start, Whitney Medworth put together a good summary at SB Nation back when the class was announced. This is a good primer: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/2/13/17007852/tina-thompson-chamique-holdsclaw-womens-basketball-hall-of-fame-class. For a deeper dive on each of the inductees, check out the following stories: Chamique Holdsclaw: https://www.sacbee.com/sports/article212854209.htmlRead More →

This post is part of a series on WNBA coaching staffs in order to better understand each staff’s history and experience in women’s basketball and the game of basketball more widely. Head Coach: Amber Stocks Amber Stocks enters her second season as GM and head coach for the Chicago Sky in her fourth year in the league, but her time in women’s basketball goes back a couple of decades to her time as a player at the University of Cincinnati. Stocks played 116 games, starting 99, for the Bearcats from 1995 to 1999. She was also a track and field athlete in college and earnedRead More →

This post is part of a series on WNBA coaching staffs in order to better understand each staff’s history and experience in women’s basketball and the game of basketball more widely. Head Coach: Nicki Collen Nicki Collen is a relative newcomer to the WNBA, but she has left her fingerprints are all over women’s basketball history for over 25 years. Growing up in Indiana and Wisconsin, Collen spent time playing college basketball in both states. As a point guard, she was a part of the 1994 and 1995 Big Ten champion Purdue women’s basketball teams. Those teams advanced to the Final Four and Elite Eight,Read More →