The Chicago Sky are a U.S. women's basketball franchise of the Women's National Basketball Association from Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 2005 and took to the start of the 2006 season on the game mode. The team colors are light blue, gold. The Sky play their home games since 2010 at the Allstate Arena.
The Sky, unlike other WNBA clubs, not considered to be the sister team of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. They have a different owner, different team colors and play their home games not even in the same hall.
The Sky in addition to the Atlanta Dream the only active WNBA team that could not even reach the playoffs.
- 2.1 Sporting achievements
- 2.2 Individual Awards
- 2.3 season statistics
- 4.1 squads of the 2012 season
- 4.2 first-round choice in the WNBA Draft Rights
Foundation of the franchise (2005)
NBA commissioner David Stern announced in February 2005 that a new WNBA Chicago Club was allocated. On May 27, the former NBA player and coach Dave Cowens was named as first coach and general manager, Sky. The team name was announced on 20 September. In November 2005, a so-called expansion draft was held to create a first squad of players. Among other things, Brooke Wyckoff Connecticut Sun, Elaine Powell of the Detroit Shock and Stacey Dales - Schuman were ( in 2005 retired from active competition ) selected by the Washington Mystics.
Excessive start ( since 2006)
The Sky finished their first season in the WNBA, not surprisingly with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Thus, the Sky had a good chance to get the first draft pick in the WNBA Draft 2007. In the lottery they got the third option awarded the Draft 2007. The franchise opted for the Draft Armintie Price of the University of Mississippi. The Sky started the 2007 season with a new head coach and general manager since Dave Cowens took a job on the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons. The Sky found with Bo Overton early on a new head coach and general manager. The second season in the WNBA went for the Sky a lot more successful than the previous one. This was primarily because the sky could hold the key players from the first season and continue to increase with the players selected in the draft, the quality of the team. The Sky fought with the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty long to the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. During the season, the Sky were for a short time on the coveted fourth place, but in the end finally lacked the Sky two wins to fourth place and the Liberty, who qualified as the final team for the playoffs. When awarding the awards from the 2007 season, went with the Rookie of the Year Award for the first time Armintie Price a prize to the Chicago Sky. On 12 March 2008, Sky announced that Overton has resigned as head coach and general manager. His two guards took over assistant coach Steven Key. In the WNBA Draft 2008, the Sky opted for Sylvia Fowles, but in the 2008 season, was injured during the block and turned out for most of the season. The Sky finished the season while in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but they missed the playoffs with only 12 wins in 34 games clear. The season of 2009 was in the Sky better, lying on a playoff spot over long distances, at the end missed the Sky with 16 wins from 34 games again the playoffs scarce.
Achievements and honors
The Sky could now achieve no real sporting success to.
Rookie of the Year Award: The award for the best newcomer League ( Rookie ) in the regular season, in 2007, Armintie Price.
- 2007 - Armintie Price
Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses
Although the sky is still a relatively young team in the WNBA, already in the short time they had a lot of different head coach. The first head coach in the history of Sky was Dave Cowens, who resigned his post after the 2006 season again and joined the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons. On 12 December 2006, was presented with Bo Overton, who was previously head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Missouri- Kansas City 's successor Cowen. Overton also took over the post of General Manager of the Sky. However, he resigned as head coach and general manager already on March 12, 2008. Steve Key named it as the new head coach and general manager of Sky. Key was already in the 2006 and 2007, the assistant coach of the Sky.
Squad of the Season 2012
As of July 12, 2012
First-round choice in the WNBA Draft Rights
Since 2006, the club had seven draft rights in the first round of the WNBA draft. Only in 2012, the Sky is no single draft pick had in the first round.
With Armintie Price ( 3, 2007 ), Sylvia Fowles ( 2, 2008 ), Kristi Toliver ( 3, 2009 ) and Courtney Vandersloot ( 3, 2011 ) has been able to select a player four times in the second or third position the franchise. So far, all players who chose the Sky since 2006 in the first round came, yet in the same season in the jersey of the club to their first use in the WNBA. In addition to Sylvia Fowles, Epiphanny Prince, Carolyn Swords and Courtney Vandersloot were still four players who were selected to 2012 from the Sky in a Draft, in the 2012 season in the squad of the franchise.
Price is currently the only player of the Sky, who won the Rookie of the Year Award in its first season.