2016 Minnesota Lynx season
|2016 Minnesota Lynx season|
|Head Coach||Cheryl Reeve|
The 2016 WNBA season of the Minnesota Lynx is the 18th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Lynx are the defending WNBA champions. The Lynx finished with a record of 28–6, finishing first in the Western Conference (and the league as a whole) and qualifying for the playoffs. Minnesota advanced to their second straight Finals. Their 2016 roster included five competitors in the 2016 Rio Olympics (Moore, Whalen, Fowles, and Augustus of the U.S. squad and Cruz of the Spanish team) as well as seven current or previous all-stars (Moore, Whalen, Fowles, Augustus, Brunson, Perkins and Montgomery) with an astonishing 22 total past selections to the all-star game between them.
The Lynx made three selections in the 2016 WNBA Entry Draft in Uncasville, Connecticut:
|2||14||Jazmon Gwathmey||United States||Minnesota Lynx (then traded to San Antonio)||James Madison|
|2||22||Bashaara Graves||United States||Minnesota Lynx||Tennessee|
|3||35||Temi Fagbenle||United Kingdom||Minnesota Lynx||USC|
Minnesota Lynx roster
|1 - Minnesota Lynx||28||6||.824||-||15–2||13–4||15–1|
|2 - Los Angeles Sparks||26||8||.765||2||14–3||12–5||11–5|
|7 - Seattle Storm||16||18||.471||12||10–7||6–11||7–9|
|8 - Phoenix Mercury||16||18||.471||12||11–6||5–12||6–10|
|e - Dallas Wings||11||23||.324||17||6–11||5–12||8–8|
|e - San Antonio Stars||7||27||.206||21||4–13||3–14||1–15|
|3 - New York Liberty||21||13||.618||-||10-7||11-6||11-5|
|4 - Chicago Sky||18||16||.529||3||11-6||7-10||8-8|
|5 - Indiana Fever||17||17||.500||4||8-9||9-8||8-8|
|6 - Atlanta Dream||17||17||.500||4||11-6||6–11||9-7|
|e - Connecticut Sun||14||20||.412||7||8-9||6-11||4-12|
|e - Washington Mystics||13||21||.382||8||5-12||8-9||8-8|
The Lynx qualified for the 2016 playoffs, and, as the team with the best regular season record in the WNBA, received two automatic byes, advancing straight to the best-of-five semifinal against the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury. They swept the Mercury three games to none to advance to the 2016 WNBA Finals.
(Sept. 24 and 25)
(Sept. 28 – Oct. 6)
(Oct. 9 – 20)
|New York Liberty||94|
|Los Angeles Sparks||3|
|Los Angeles Sparks||3|
Note: Teams re-seeded after second round and semi-finals.
|Los Angeles Sparks||95||99||66||95|
|Los Angeles Sparks||78||60||92||79||77|
- "Lynx Acquire WNBA All-Star Jia Perkins From San Antonio - Minnesota Lynx". Minnesota Lynx. Retrieved 2016-04-15.