2000 WNBA season

The 2000 season of the Women's National Basketball Association was played out the fourth season of North American women's professional basketball league. The regular season began on 29 May 2000 with the opening game between the New York Liberty and Houston Comets to. This was also the last meeting in the previous season. After finishing the regular season, which was held until 9 August 2000 the playoffs began at the WNBA Championship, the Houston Comets held on August 26 in the final game against the New York Liberty for themselves. In addition, in Phoenix, the second WNBA All-Star Game was held on 17 July 2000 in America West Arena, the home ground of the Phoenix Mercury instead.

  • 2.1 Top 5 picks
  • 3.1 WNBA All-Star Game
  • 3.2 Completion Tables
  • 4.4.1 Eastern Conference (1 ) New York Liberty - (2 ) Cleveland Rockers
  • ( 1) Los Angeles Sparks - (2 ) Houston Comets
  • 4.5.1 (W2 ) Houston Comets - (E1 ) New York Liberty
  • 4.5.2 WNBA champion team
  • 5.1 All- WNBA teams

Special events

New game mode

The fourth season of the WNBA again brought changes, so the first time qualified the four best teams in each conference for the playoffs.

League extension

On 7 June 1999, the WNBA decided on a league expansion from twelve to sixteen teams. With this extension the cities of Indianapolis, Miami, Portland and Seattle a WNBA franchise was assured, with all four franchises are scheduled to start this season to match their operation. While the league's Portland Fire and Seattle Storm placed in the Western Conference, the Indiana Fever and Miami Sol were placed in the Eastern Conference.


  • Main article: WNBA Draft 2000

The fourth WNBA Draft took place on 25 April 2000 at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey instead. The first draft pick received the Cleveland Rockers, as they finished the last season as the worst team. The four expansion franchises were awarded the seventh (Portland Fire), eighth ( Miami Sol ), ninth (Seattle Storm ) and tenth (Indiana Fever ) draft pick.

In the first position, the rocker chose the Belgian Ann Wauters from BC Volgaburmash. In addition, the Rockers decided in the fourth round ( 49th Imagined ) for the German Sophie From Saldern of the University of California, Berkeley. Overall, sixteen franchises secured the rights to 64 players. The lion's share with 54 players represented the United States.

Before the first WNBA draft was for the four expansion teams an expansion draft held, in which the franchises in six rounds of the rights to players from the remaining WNBA franchises guaranteed.

Top 5 picks

Abbreviations: Pos = Position G = Guard, F = Forward, C = Center, ABL = American Basketball League

Regular Season

WNBA All-Star Game

The second WNBA All-Star Game was held on 17 July 2000 in America West Arena, the home ground of the Phoenix Mercury in Phoenix instead.

Statements Tables

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = games behind the leader of the Conference

Notes: = playoff qualification, = Conference Winner



After the two Conference winners, as well as the second-, third - and fourth-placed have each conference qualified to start the discharged in the knockout system Playoffs. The teams in each Conference are set to low by their number obtained from the regular season of games to positions 1 to 4.

Any Conference plays in the sequence in the Conference Semifinals (German Conference semifinals ) and in the Conference Finals from (German Conference finals) their winner, who then in the finals (German Final ) competes for the championship. The team located on the seedings at the highest hits in the Conference Semifinals to the lowest set. All series of each round will be played in best-of -three mode, which means that a team with two wins needed to reach the next round. The lower set team has it in the first match home right next to the opposing team. If by then no winners have emerged from the round, the team placed higher in the third game again home advantage. In games that remain tied after 40 minutes of regulation time, follows the overtime is being played until one team ends an overtime with more points.

Playoff Tree

Conference Semifinals ( Round 1 )

Eastern Conference

(1 ) New York Liberty - (4 ) Washington Mystics
( 2) Cleveland Rockers - (3 ) Orlando Miracle

Western Conference

( 1) Los Angeles Sparks - (4 ) Phoenix Mercury
( 2) Houston Comets - (3 ) Sacramento Monarchs

Conference Finals ( Round 2)

Eastern Conference

(1 ) New York Liberty - (2 ) Cleveland Rockers

Western Conference

( 1) Los Angeles Sparks - (2 ) Houston Comets

Finals ( Round 3 )

(W2 ) Houston Comets - (E1 ) New York Liberty

WNBA champion team

Guards: Cynthia Cooper ( Finals MVP ), Coquese Washington

Forwards: Janeth Arcain, Tammy Jackson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson

Center: Tiffani Johnson

Head Coach Van Chancellor

WNBA awards and award trophies

All- WNBA teams