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 →

The opening weekend of the 2018 WNBA season is here, and initial rosters have been set for all 12 teams. While there are a few teams who will still make adjustments, the teams are for the most part established. With some franchises amidst a rebuild, several other have well-established rosters full of players with around a decade of experience, which I break down below. Keep in mind that this data is based on current rosters, which will undoubtedly change. For example, the Chicago Sky have temporarily suspended Courtney Vandersloot and Astou Ndour. Vandersloot brings seven years of experience to the team. To bring either playerRead More →

The WNBA released its 16th annual GM preseason survey results. The full survey ranges from predictions about postseason results and player awards to more general questions about the league’s players and coaches. The full results can be found here. I’m going to dive in to some of the major results, and, in particular, how the predictions have played out throughout the years. Note: The initial version of this post was referencing incorrect data for the 2013 WNBA GM Survey results. The post now reflects the corrected data. Additionally, the initial version only included data from 2008 and onward; data from 2003 – 2007 is nowRead More →

After having explored potential player and coaching milestones coming in the 2018 WNBA season, it’s time to dive in to franchise milestones. The league has had 18 different franchises since its start in 1997, and 12 remain in the league today. Of the eight original teams, four are still active. Cleveland (2003), Charlotte (2006), Houston (2008), and Sacramento (2009) folded after varying lengths of time in the league. The defending champion Minnesota Lynx come in to the 2018 season looking to repeat in the Finals to become just the third team to win back-to-back championships. The Houston Comets won four straight in the first fourRead More →

Following up on the feature on 2018 regular season player milestones, there are a number of head coaching milestones to keep an eye out for this season. Again I’ll focus on WNBA regular season milestones, so all numbers given are regular season statistics unless otherwise noted. This summer will mark the first games as head coach for both Katie Smith and Nicki Collen, who will lead the New York Liberty and Atlanta Dream, respectively. Both will step on the court for their first regular season games as head coach on May 20th, when the Liberty will be in Chicago against the Sky, and the DreamRead More →

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 →