The WNBA season tips off in a little over a week, and one thing to keep an eye on this abbreviated regular season is movement up the WNBA leaderboards. To continue my feature on WNBA players, I’ll focus first on players’ career milestones. Over the next week I’ll also take a look at franchise and coach milestones before the season officially starts. Of course, there are a number of statistics to potentially dig in to, but I’m going to focus today on the big 5: points, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. Additionally, I’ll hone in on regular season statistics, so preseason and playoff numbers doRead More →

Katie Smith coaching

The transition from basketball player to basketball coach is not uncommon. In the 2018 season, one of the WNBA’s most prolific players becomes the latest former WNBA player to take the helm of a team as WNBA head coach. Katie Smith played 15 years in the league before retiring at the end of the 2013 season and joining the New York Liberty as an assistant on Bill Laimbeer’s staff. This summer, she will lead the staff as head coach of the Liberty. To continue featuring storied players, in this post I am focusing on WNBA players who have also been the head coach of aRead More →

Throughout the league’s history, teams have typically found a home and stuck there. Though preseason and playoff games are sometimes played at nearby sites due to prior commitments or promotional opportunities, most teams have had no more than a couple of homes for their regular season games. However, the 2018 season is the center of a number of notable movements: The biggest move is due to the relocation of the San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas to become the Aces. The franchise previously played its regular season home games in the AT&T Center in San Antonio but will begin playing in the Mandalay Bay EventsRead More →

With the 2018 WNBA Draft behind us, we slowly ease into the 2018 WNBA season, the 22nd for the league. As part of the journey through the remaining offseason and this summer, I will be working on filling in missing information on the WNBA’s players and draft selections. Most players have a Wikipedia page with most of their information filled in, but many are incomplete if not missing entirely. For the first pass through, I will be focusing on ensuring the following pieces of information are filled in for each player and draftee in their basketball biography: Birth date/place Height/weight (latest professional stat listed) HighRead More →

And now, it’s time to put a bow on the 2018 WNBA Draft. I’ve been exploring data surrounding the past drafts, and now we can add in data from this year’s draft. Let’s see how it fits in to history. First of all, congratulations to A’ja Wilson of South Carolina who was selected by the Las Vegas Aces with the first overall pick. The Aces are now tied with the Phoenix Mercury with three top draft picks each. Only the Seattle Storm has more; the Storm have selected first four times: in 2001, 2002, 2015, and 2016. This is the first top pick from theRead More →

Following up on the last post, On to the Draft, I am digging further in to the WNBA Draft database. As a note, I will be posting the full WNBA Draft database with updates for the 2018 WNBA Draft this Friday, April 10. One of the major questions that comes up surrounding a team’s potential draft picks is whether they will select based on need or the best available player. Based on that information, this time I am focusing on the positions of players drafted. Certainly that is not all that defines “need”, but it’s a starting point. Before getting in to the data, recall thatRead More →

The 22nd WNBA Draft will take place Thursday, April 12. The first round will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 EDT, followed by the second and third rounds on ESPNU. The Draft marks the transition from the college basketball season to the WNBA season, which tips off in May. In honor of the coming draft, I have compiled the first version of my WNBA Draft Database to assist in capturing the history of the draft and WNBA seasons as well as finding interesting facts and trends around the WNBA Draft. At this time, the database contains the following information: Each WNBA season, including thatRead More →