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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →