FAQs – Women’s Basketball

What is the WNBA?

The Women’s National Basketball Association, or WNBA, is a professional basketball league comprised of 12 teams featuring the best women’s basketball players in the world.

How many teams are there in the WNBA?

Currently there are 12 teams – six in each conference. The conferences are divided between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Eastern ConferenceAtlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Indiana Fever New York Liberty, and Washington Mystics

Western Conference: Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, San Antonio Stars, Seattle Storm, and Tulsa Shock

How many games are there in a WNBA season?

There are 34 games in the WNBA’s regular season.

How many teams make the playoffs?

Out of the six teams in each conference, the top four teams in each conference make the playoffs each season. The Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are a best-of-three format. The WNBA Finals are a best-of-five format.

When is the WNBA Draft?

The WNBA Draft is held annually and allows WNBA teams to select from a pool of up-and-coming talented collegiate basketball players, as well as others playing in other leagues across the world.

Who’s eligible to be drafted?

The league requires draft entrants to be at least 22 years old during the year in which the draft takes place and has no remaining college eligibility or renounces any future college eligibility.

How is the draft order and draft lottery determined?

The draft lottery is comprised of the four teams that did not make the playoffs. Starting this season, lottery odds are determined by taking into account the team’s two-year cumulative record. The Lottery Team with the worst two-year cumulative record has 442 chances out of 1,000 to win the first pick, the Lottery Team with the second worst two-year cumulative record has 276 chances out of 1,000, the Lottery Team with the third worst two-year cumulative record has 178 chances out of 1,000, and the Lottery Team with the best two-year cumulative record having 104 chances out of 1,000 to win the first pick.  Tiebreakers are based solely on the immediately preceding season.

How many players are on a WNBA roster?

Each WNBA team has a maximum roster size of 12 players, as outlined in the league’s CBA.