2010 WNBA season Information

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2010 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
DurationMay 15 – September 16
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Total attendance1,598,174
Average attendance7,834
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pick United States Tina Charles
Picked by Connecticut Sun
Season MVP Australia Lauren Jackson ( Seattle)
Eastern champions Atlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-up New York Liberty
Western champions Seattle Storm
  Western runners-up Phoenix Mercury
Finals champions Seattle Storm
  Runners-up Atlanta Dream
Finals MVP Australia Lauren Jackson ( Seattle)
WNBA seasons

The 2010 WNBA season was the 14th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The regular season began with a televised ( ESPN2) meeting between the defending champion Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks in Phoenix, Arizona on May 15. The Connecticut Sun hosted the 10th Annual All-Star Game which was broadcast live on ESPN on July 10. This year, it was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA Basketball team and a single team of WNBA All-Stars. The Finals was a series between the Seattle Storm and the Atlanta Dream which Seattle won 3-0.

2009/2010 WNBA offseason

  • The new television deal with ESPN continued during the 2010 season (runs 2009–2016). For the first time ever, teams will be paid rights fees as part of this deal.
  • As of the 2009 season, the maximum roster size per team was reduced from 13 to 11. Any team that falls below nine players able to play due to injury, pregnancy or any other factor outside of the control of the team will, upon request, be granted a roster hardship exception allowing the team to sign an additional player or players so that the team will have nine players able to play in an upcoming game or games. As soon as the injured (or otherwise sidelined) player(s) is able to play, the roster hardship player(s) – not any other player on the roster—must be waived.
  • On September 29, 2009, Nolan Richardson was named head coach and general manager of a potential Tulsa, Oklahoma franchise.
  • On October 20, 2009, the Detroit Shock announced that the franchise would relocate to Tulsa as well as move to the Western Conference.
  • On November 20, 2009, the Sacramento Monarchs folded.
  • On December 3, 2009, the New York Liberty announced that previously interim head coach Anne Donovan would be named head coach.
  • On December 8, 2009, Cheryl Reeve was named head coach of the Minnesota Lynx.
  • A dispersal draft was held on December 14, 2009 for all non-free agent Sacramento Monarchs players.
  • On January 7, 2010, the Los Angeles Sparks named former player Jennifer Gillom head coach.
  • On February 25, 2010, Sandy Brondello was named head coach of the San Antonio Silver Stars when Dan Hughes stepped aside from the position.


Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft

On December 14, 2009, the Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft was held. Three former Monarchs players, Kara Lawson, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Ticha Penicheiro were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft. Teams selected based inversely on their 2009 season finish.

The top picks were:

  1. Nicole Powell, New York Liberty
  2. Rebekkah Brunson, Minnesota Lynx
  3. DeMya Walker, Connecticut Sun

Four of the twelve teams making selections waived their picks.

2010 WNBA Draft

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 5, 2009. The lottery teams were the Sacramento Monarchs, Minnesota Lynx (from N.Y.), Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut Sun and Chicago Sky. The top pick was awarded to Minnesota. Since Sacramento folded after the lottery, all the teams following Sacramento in the draft simply moved up a pick. Minnesota subsequently traded the first overall pick to Connecticut.

The 2010 WNBA Draft was held on April 8, 2010, in Secaucus, New Jersey. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN2 ( HD). Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV.

The top picks were:

  1. Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun
  2. Monica Wright, Minnesota Lynx
  3. Kelsey Griffin, Minnesota Lynx
  4. Epiphanny Prince, Chicago Sky
  5. Jayne Appel, San Antonio Silver Stars

Regular season


Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Washington Mystics x 22 12 .647 13–4 9–8 13–9
New York Liberty x 22 12 .647 13–4 9–8 14–8
Indiana Fever x 21 13 .618 1.0 13–4 8–9 13–9
Atlanta Dream x 19 15 .559 3.0 10–7 9–8 10–12
Connecticut Sun o 17 17 .500 5.0 12–5 5–12 9–13
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 8.0 7–10 7–10 7–15
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Seattle Storm x 28 6 .824 17–0 11–6 20–2
Phoenix Mercury x 15 19 .441 13.0 9–8 6–11 13–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x 14 20 .412 14.0 8–9 6–11 11–11
Los Angeles Sparks x 13 21 .382 15.0 8–9 5–12 10–12
Minnesota Lynx o 13 21 .382 15.0 7–10 6–11 8–14
Tulsa Shock o 6 28 .176 22.0 4–13 2–15 4–18

All-Star Game

The 2010 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the Connecticut Sun on July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm on ESPN. This marks the third time the Sun have hosted the annual event. Unlike in previous years, this game was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA basketball team and a team of WNBA all-stars.

July 10
USA 99, WNBA 72
Scoring by quarter: 29–19, 20–9, 26–16, 24–28
Pts: Fowles (23)
Rebs: Dupree, Fowles, Moore (8)
Asts: Pondexter (6)
Pts: Douglas (15)
Rebs: Harding (7)
Asts: Harding (4)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,518
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Kurt Walker

Statistic leaders

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2010 regular season.


2010 WNBA preseason
2010 WNBA regular season
2010 WNBA postseason

Playoffs and Finals

Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
WNBA Finals
E1 Washington 0
E4 Atlanta 2
E4 Atlanta 2
Eastern Conference
E2 New York 0
E2 New York 2
E3 Indiana 1
E4 Atlanta 0
W1 Seattle 3
W1 Seattle 2
W4 Los Angeles 0
W1 Seattle 2
Western Conference
W2 Phoenix 0
W2 Phoenix 2
W3 San Antonio 0

Season award winners

Player of the Week award

Player of the Month award

Rookie of the Month award

Postseason awards


Eastern Conference

Western Conference

See also