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 →

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 →