2015 WNBA season
|2015 WNBA season|
|Duration||June 5 – October 14|
|TV partner/s||ESPN on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick||Jewell Loyd|
|Picked by||Seattle Storm|
|Season MVP||Elena Delle Donne (Chicago)|
|Points||E. Delle Donne (23.4)|
|Rebounds||C. Paris (9.3)|
|Assists||C. Vandersloot (5.8)|
|East champions||Indiana Fever|
|East runners-up||New York Liberty|
|West champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|West runners-up||Phoenix Mercury|
|Finals champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|Finals MVP||Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota)|
The 2015 WNBA season was the 19th season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The regular season started on June 5 and playoffs concluded on October 14.
The Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69–52 in game five of the Finals on October 14 to clinch a third WNBA title in five years.
TV and Internet coverage
- On February 3, 2015, the Phoenix Mercury announced that superstar Diana Taurasi would not play in 2015. Her Russian club team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, offered her more than her WNBA season salary to rest during the 2015 WNBA season. Some in the league feared this would cause more star players to reach similar agreements.
- On June 4, 2015, Tulsa player Glory Johnson announced that she is pregnant and would miss all of the 2015 WNBA season.
- On July 23, 2015, The WNBA approved the relocation of the Tulsa Shock to Dallas-Fort Worth. The move is the first franchise relocation or fold since the 2009 Sacramento Monarchs folded, and the Detroit Shock moved to Tulsa. The Shock are the only WNBA franchise to relocate twice.
- On October 14, 2015, The Minnesota Lynx won their third WNBA title in five years, beating the Indiana Fever 3-2.
- On November 4, 2015, shortly after the 2015 season concluded, WNBA President Laurel Richie announced her resignation, effective November 9, 2015. She was the league's 3rd president.
2015 WNBA draft
On August 21, 2014, the 2015 WNBA Draft Lottery took place. The Seattle Storm, who had a league-worst record of 12-22 last season, won the draft lottery and had the right to pick first in the 2015 draft. In the draft, held on April 16, the Storm made Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame the top pick.
- Eastern Conference
|x - New York Liberty||23||11||.676||–||12–5||11–6||13–9|
|x - Chicago Sky||21||13||.618||2||13–4||8–9||14–8|
|x - Indiana Fever||20||14||.588||3||11–6||9–8||13–9|
|x - Washington Mystics||18||16||.529||5||11–6||7–10||10–12|
|e - Atlanta Dream||15||19||.441||8||9–8||6–11||10–12|
|e - Connecticut Sun||15||19||.441||8||8–9||7–10||6–16|
- Western Conference
|z - Minnesota Lynx||22||12||.647||–||13–4||9–8||16–6|
|x - Phoenix Mercury||20||14||.588||2||13–4||7–10||15–7|
|x - Tulsa Shock||18||16||.529||4||12–5||6–11||11–11|
|x - Los Angeles Sparks||14||20||.412||8||9–8||5–12||10–12|
|e - Seattle Storm||10||24||.294||12||8–9||2–15||8–14|
|e - San Antonio Stars||8||26||.235||14||7–10||1–16||6–16|
- z – Clinched Conference
- x – Clinched playoff spot
- e – Eliminated from playoffs
Bold Series winner
italics Team with home-court advantage
Season award winners
Player of the Week award
Player of the Month award
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|July 2015||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 2015||Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
Rookie of the Month award
|For games played||Player||Team|
|June 2015||Natalie Achonwa||Indiana Fever|
|July 2015||Jewell Loyd||Seattle Storm|
|August 2015||Kiah Stokes||New York Liberty|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Elena Delle Donne||Forward / Guard||Chicago Sky||385 out of 999|
|Finals MVP Award||Sylvia Fowles||Center||Minnesota Lynx|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Jewell Loyd||Guard||Seattle Storm||21 out of 39|
|Most Improved Player Award||Kelsey Bone||Center||Connecticut Sun||14 out of 39|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Brittney Griner||Center||Phoenix Mercury||33 out of 39|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||Allie Quigley||Guard||Chicago Sky||24 out of 39|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||DeLisha Milton-Jones||Forward||Atlanta Dream||11 out of 39|
|Peak Performer: Points||Elena Delle Donne||Forward / Guard||Chicago Sky||23.4 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Courtney Paris||Center||Tulsa Shock||9.3 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Courtney Vandersloot||Guard||Chicago Sky||5.8 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Bill Laimbeer||Coach||New York Liberty||23 out of 39|
- WNBA Announces ESPN Schedule - Hartford Courant
- "Minnesota Lynx capture third title in five years win in crucial Game 5". Fox Sports. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- "Everything comes together at right time for WNBA champion Lynx". ESPN. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- "Lynx capture 3rd title in 5 years with 69-52 win over Fever in Game 5". Chicago Tribune. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- "Big Crowd and Defense Spur Lynx to Another Title". New York Times. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- A Russian team paid Diana Taurasi to sit out 2015 WNBA season | SB Nation