Phoenix Mercury
2022 Phoenix Mercury season
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ConferenceWestern
LeaguesWNBA
Founded1997; 25 years ago (1997)
HistoryPhoenix Mercury
1997–present
ArenaFootprint Center
LocationPhoenix, Arizona
Team colorsPurple, orange, light grey, black[1][2]
       
Main sponsorCasino Arizona
Talking Stick Resort
General managerJim Pitman
Head coachVanessa Nygaard
Assistant(s)Crystal Robinson
Nikki Blue
Cinnamon Lister
OwnershipRobert Sarver
Championships3 (2007, 2009, 2014)
Conference titles4 (1998, 2007, 2009, 2014)[a]
Websitemercury.wnba.com
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Heroine jersey
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Team colours
Heroine
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Explorer jersey
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Team colours
Explorer
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Rebel jersey
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Team colours
Rebel

The Phoenix Mercury are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; it is one of the eight original franchises. The team is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the NBA team Phoenix Suns.

The Mercury have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in fifteen of its twenty-four years in Phoenix. The franchise has been home to players such as former UConn Diana Taurasi, Rutgers grad Cappie Pondexter, former Temple power forward Candice Dupree, former Baylor center Brittney Griner, and Australian guard Penny Taylor. In 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2021 the Mercury went to the WNBA Finals; they lost to Houston in 1998, but won the title in 2007, 2009, and 2014 over Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago respectively.

Franchise history

Mercury heating up (1997–1998)

With a cast that included hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman, and possible future hall-of-famers Michele Timms of Australia, and Jennifer Gillom, hyper-active star Bridget Pettis, and outspoken coach Cheryl Miller, the Mercury quickly established itself as a major franchise. In the very first WNBA season, the Mercury posted a 16–12 record and reached the first WNBA playoffs. The Mercury lost to the New York Liberty, though, in those playoffs.

In 1998, the Mercury again qualified for the playoffs, posting a 19–11 record. The Mercury defeated the Cleveland Rockers to reach the WNBA Finals for the first time. In a hard-fought series, the Mercury fell 2 games to 1 to the defending champion Houston Comets.

Mercury in retrograde (1999–2003)

In 1999, the Mercury missed the playoffs, posting a 15–17 record. In 2000, the Mercury finished 20–12, but got swept by the Los Angeles Sparks. The team descended into turmoil after the season, as coach Miller left and the original core group of players broke up, via retirement or trades, and the team stopped being a playoff contender.

From 2001 to 2004, the Mercury were at the bottom of the WNBA. Fielding miserable teams, the Mercury were never competitive. The Mercury went through coach after coach, and nothing worked. During the lean years, the franchise remained in the news as forward Lisa Harrison would become a sex symbol. Playboy Magazine offered her money to pose in their magazine. She would decline the offer.[3]

Diana Taurasi joins the WNBA (2004–2005)

After a horrible 2003 season, in which the Mercury posted an 8–26 record, the Mercury won the #1 overall choice in the 2004 WNBA Draft, and select coveted former UConn star Diana Taurasi. Taurasi went on to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 2004 season, as the Mercury posted a better 17–17 record. The Mercury posted a 16–18 record in 2005, missing the playoffs again.

Bringing back "Paul Ball" (2006–2007)

Former NBA coach Paul Westhead became the Mercury's head coach prior to the 2006 season and brought his up-tempo style to Phoenix. Westhead was the first WNBA coach to have won a previous NBA championship (1980 LA Lakers). The Mercury also drafted Cappie Pondexter with the #2 overall selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft. The addition provided Taurasi with a solid #2 player. Westhead's run and gun offense quickly became The Mercury's trademark and the franchise would soon set new league records for points scored.

The 2006 season was a positive one for the Mercury, as they posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, at 18–16. The Mercury competed for the playoffs all year, but fell just short of a postseason berth.

As the 2007 season came, the Mercury were poised and hungry for a deep playoff run. The Mercury would run away with the Western Conference, posting their best record in franchise history at 23–11, as well as clinching the #1 seed. The Mercury set a record by averaging 89.0 points in a season during 2007.[4] In their first playoffs since 2000, the Mercury made quick work of the Seattle Storm in the first round, blowing them out in two games (Game 1: 101–84, Game 2: 95–89). In the Western Finals, the Mercury swept the San Antonio Silver Stars in a closer series (Game 1: 102–100, Game 2: 98–92), advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in nine years. In the Finals, the Mercury faced the defending 2006 champions Detroit Shock. The two teams split the first two games in Detroit. Coming back home, the Mercury suffered a letdown in game 3, losing 88–83. Down 2–1, the Mercury had to win game 4 or lose. Game 4 came down to the final seconds, but the Mercury edged out the Shock 77–76, with Cappie Pondexter scoring 26 points, and forced a Game 5 in Detroit. In Game 5, Phoenix won by a score of 108–92.[4] Penny Taylor scored a game high 30 points in Game 5, and went 18-for-18 from the line.[4] The Mercury won the series and their first championship with a 108–92 Game 5 victory, becoming the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road. Cappie Pondexter was named the WNBA Finals MVP, and averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 assists in the series.[4] On November 7, 2007, The Mercury announced the hiring of Corey Gaines as head coach to replace the departing Paul Westhead.

Mercury fall, Mercury rise (2008–2011)

In 2008, the Mercury started slowly and never really found a groove, finishing the season with a disappointing record of 16–18, well out of the playoff picture in a tough Western Conference. The Mercury became the first team in WNBA history with the dubious honor of failing to qualify for the playoffs after winning the WNBA Finals the year before.

However, a year later, the Mercury were back to what they were two years before. The Mercury clinched the top spot in the playoffs along with the number one seed in the Western Conference. The Mercury defeated the 2008 conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round, winning the very exciting series 2–1 after losing the first game on the road. The Mercury then defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in the conference finals, winning 2–1 in a series that ended Lisa Leslie's career. The Mercury then went on to beat the Indiana Fever 3–2 in the best of 5 series to capture the second title in their franchise history. Diana Taurasi captured the WNBA Finals MVP Award. All-star guard Cappie Pondexter was traded to the New York Liberty amid some controversy in the offseason; All-Star Candice Dupree joined the duo of Taurasi and Penny Taylor as the Mercury looked to repeat in 2010.

It was not easy, however, as the Mercury faced a few bad losing streaks throughout the 2010 season. The team managed to finish 15–19, good for second place in the Western Conference. Phoenix swept San Antonio in the first round of the Playoffs, but lost to the eventual champion Seattle Storm in the conference finals.

After a hectic offseason for Diana Taurasi, most of the Mercury team was rested and ready to play. The team started the 2011 season with a surprising 0–3 record, but flew back into playoff contention, entering the All-Star break with a 10–5 record. Ultimately, they recovered to gain the third seed in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs, and upset the Seattle Storm in the opening round, closing an 18-point deficit to win on Seattle's home floor, allowing the Mercury to reach its third straight conference finals. Unfortunately, for the team, they came up short against the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx, losing in two games.

Brittney Griner arrives, and history is made (2013–present)

Phoenix Mercury at the White House to honor 2014 Championship
Phoenix Mercury at the White House to honor 2014 Championship

Coming off the 2012 WNBA season in which the Phoenix Mercury franchise finished with the second worst record in the WNBA, a 7–27 mark, Phoenix received the 2013 WNBA draft lottery and secured the top overall pick. Once the 2013 WNBA Draft arrived in April 2013, the Mercury used the top overall pick on two time Women's College Basketball Wooden award winner Brittney Griner. However, the Mercury lost to the Lynx in the Conference round of the playoffs. The following season the Mercury under the guidance of new coach Sandy Brondello went on to set an all time WNBA record for wins in a season, with 29, and breezed through the 2014 playoffs to claim their 3rd WNBA Championship.

On February 3, 2015, Diana Taurasi announced that she would sit out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of her Russian Premier League team, UMMC Ekaterinburg. The team offered Taurasi to pay her more than her WNBA salary to skip the 2015 WNBA season. For the 2014 WNBA season, Taurasi made just under the league maximum of $107,000. But she makes 15 times that - approximately $1.5 million - playing overseas.

In 2016, the WNBA switched to a playoff format involving single elimination games in the first two rounds. The eighth-seeded Mercury upset the Indiana Fever in the First Round and New York Liberty in the Second Round to reach the Semifinals. However, they lost the Semifinals to the Minnesota Lynx.[5]

In 2017, the Mercury once again sailed through the first two rounds of the playoffs, winning their games against the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun. Again, they lost in the Semifinals, this time to the Los Angeles Sparks.

2018 saw the Mercury win both single-elimination playoff games for the third year in a row with victories against the Dallas Wings and Connecticut Sun, giving Diana Taurasi a 13–0 record in winner-take-all elimination games in her career. In the semifinals, the Mercury came up short against the Seattle Storm in the decisive fifth game, giving Taurasi her first ever loss in a winner-take-all elimination game.

Uniform sponsor

In June 2009 the Mercury and WNBA announced a sponsorship agreement with identity theft protection service LifeLock to place that company's logo on their jerseys through the 2013 season, making the Mercury among the first non-soccer franchises in the major leagues of North America to place a company logo on their uniforms.[6] For the 2014 season and going forward, the Mercury will wear jerseys sponsored by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

Season-by-season records

Season Team Conference Regular season Playoff Results Head coach
W L PCT
Phoenix Mercury
1997 1997 West 1st 16 12 .571 Lost WNBA Semifinals (New York, 0–1) Cheryl Miller
1998 1998 West 2nd 19 11 .633 Won WNBA Semifinals (Cleveland, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Houston, 1–2)
Cheryl Miller
1999 1999 West 4th 15 17 .469 Did not qualify Cheryl Miller
2000 2000 West 4th 20 12 .625 Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 0–2) Cheryl Miller
2001 2001 West 5th 13 19 .406 Did not qualify Cynthia Cooper
2002 2002 West 7th 11 21 .344 Did not qualify C. Cooper (6–4)
L. Sharp (5–17)
2003 2003 West 7th 8 26 .235 Did not qualify John Shumate
2004 2004 West 5th 17 17 .500 Did not qualify Carrie Graf
2005 2005 West 5th 16 18 .471 Did not qualify Carrie Graf
2006 2006 West 5th 18 16 .529 Did not qualify Paul Westhead
2007 2007 West 1st 23 11 .676 Won Conference Semifinals (Seattle, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (San Antonio, 2–0)
Won WNBA Finals (Detroit, 3–2)
Paul Westhead
2008 2008 West 7th 16 18 .471 Did not qualify Corey Gaines
2009 2009 West 1st 23 11 .676 Won Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 2–1)
Won Conference Finals (Los Angeles, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Indiana, 3–2)
Corey Gaines
2010 2010 West 2nd 15 19 .441 Won Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 2–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Seattle, 0–2)
Corey Gaines
2011 2011 West 3rd 19 15 .559 Won Conference Semifinals (Seattle, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
Corey Gaines
2012 2012 West 6th 7 27 .206 Did not qualify Corey Gaines
2013 2013 West 3rd 19 15 .559 Won Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
Corey Gaines (10–11)
Russ Pennell (9–4)
2014 2014 West 1st 29 5 .853 Won Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (Minnesota, 2–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Chicago, 3–0)
Sandy Brondello
2015 2015 West 2nd 20 14 .588 Won Conference Semifinals (Tulsa, 2–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Minnesota, 0–2)
Sandy Brondello
2016 2016 West 4th 16 18 .471 Won First Round (Indiana, 1–0)
Won Second Round (New York, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Minnesota, 0–3)
Sandy Brondello
2017 2017 West 3rd 18 16 .529 Won First Round (Seattle, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Connecticut, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Los Angeles, 0–3)
Sandy Brondello
2018 2018 West 2nd 20 14 .588 Won First Round (Dallas, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Connecticut, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Seattle, 2–3)
Sandy Brondello
2019 2019 West 5th 15 19 .441 Lost First Round (Chicago, 0–1) Sandy Brondello
2020 2020 West 5th 13 9 .591 Won First Round (Washington, 1–0)
Lost Second Round (Minnesota, 0–1)
Sandy Brondello
2021 2021 West 4th 19 13 .594 Won First Round (New York, 1–0)
Won Second Round (Seattle, 1–0)
Won WNBA Semifinals (Las Vegas 3–2)
Lost WNBA Finals (Chicago 1–3)
Sandy Brondello
2021 2021 West 4th 15 21 .417 Lost First Round (Las Vegas 0–2) Vanessa Nygaard
Regular season 440 414 .515 5 Conference Championships
Playoffs 47 41 .534 3 WNBA Championships

Players

Current roster

PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.NameHeightWeightDOBFromYrs
G9United StatesCunningham, Sophie6' 1" (1.85m)170 lb (77kg)1996-08-16Missouri3
G33United StatesDavis, Kaela6' 2" (1.88m)170 lb (77kg)1995-03-15South Carolina4
G1United StatesDeShields, Diamond6' 1" (1.85m)172 lb (78kg)1995-03-05Tennessee4
G4United StatesDiggins-Smith, Skylar (S)5' 9" (1.75m)145 lb (66kg)1990-08-02Notre Dame8
F12United StatesGray, Reshanda6' 2" (1.88m)192 lb (87kg)1993-06-01California5
C42United StatesGriner, Brittney (inactive)6' 9" (2.06m)205 lb (93kg)1990-10-18Baylor9
C10United StatesGustafson, Megan6' 3" (1.91m)195 lb (88kg)1996-12-13Iowa3
G0CanadaNurse, Kia Injured6' 0" (1.83m)168 lb (76kg)1996-02-22Connecticut4
G11United StatesPeddy, Shey5' 7" (1.7m)147 lb (67kg)1988-10-28Temple3
G25United StatesSimms, Jennie6' 0" (1.83m)165 lb (75kg)1994-04-21Old Dominion1
G/F3United StatesTaurasi, Diana Injured6' 0" (1.83m)163 lb (74kg)1982-06-11Connecticut17
G/F14United StatesThomas, Sam6' 0" (1.83m)170 lb (77kg)1999-06-14ArizonaR
F21United StatesTurner, Brianna6' 3" (1.91m)170 lb (77kg)1996-07-05Notre Dame3
G22United StatesTurner, Yvonne5' 10" (1.78m)131 lb (59kg)1987-10-13Nebraska3
Head coach
United States Vanessa Nygaard (Stanford)
Assistant coaches
United States Crystal Robinson (SE Oklahoma State)
United States Nikki Blue (UCLA)
United States Cinnamon Lister (Cal State Northridge)
Athletic trainer
United States Hannah Breck (Boston University)
Strength and conditioning coach
United States Derrick Nillissen (Iowa Wesleyan)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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Former players

Retired numbers

Phoenix Mercury retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Date Ref.
7 Michele Timms G 1997–2001 August 7, 2002 [7][8]
13 Penny Taylor G/F 2004–2016 July 9, 2017 [9]
22 Jennifer Gillom F 1997–2002
32 Bridget Pettis G 1997–2006

Hall of Famers

(from Women's Basketball Hall of Fame[10])

FIBA Hall of Famers

Phoenix Mercury Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
7 Michele Timms G 1997–2001 2016

Coaches and staff

Owners

Head coaches

Phoenix Mercury head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Playoffs
W L PCT G W L PCT G
Cheryl Miller January 27, 1997 December 1, 2000 4 70 52 .574 122 3 6 .333 9
Cynthia Cooper January 8, 2001 June 26, 2002 2 19 23 .452 42 0 0 .000 0
Linda Sharp June 26, 2002 end of 2002 1 5 17 .227 22 0 0 .000 0
John Shumate October 23, 2002 end of 2003 1 8 26 .235 34 0 0 .000 0
Carrie Graf April 14, 2004 end of 2005 2 33 35 .485 68 0 0 .000 0
Paul Westhead October 11, 2005 September 18, 2007 2 41 27 .603 68 7 2 .778 9
Corey Gaines November 7, 2007 August 8, 2013[11] 6 90 101 .471 191 11 9 .550 20
Russ Pennell August 8, 2013[11] October 18, 2013 1 9 4 .692 13 2 3 .400 5
Sandy Brondello November 15, 2013 [12] December 6, 2021 8 164 128 .562 292 24 19 .558 45
Vanessa Nygaard January 24, 2022 [13] 1 15 21 .417 36 0 2 .000 2
Coaches Julie Hairgrove, Todd Troxel (left to right) and head coach Sandy Brondello (seated) in a timeout during the 2016 WNBA semifinals.
Coaches Julie Hairgrove, Todd Troxel (left to right) and head coach Sandy Brondello (seated) in a timeout during the 2016 WNBA semifinals.

General managers

Assistant coaches

Statistics

Phoenix Mercury statistics
1990s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
1997 J. Gillom (15.7) T. Foster (6.1) M. Timms (5.1) 69.2 vs 65.2 32.9 vs 33.0 .373 vs .413
1998 J. Gillom (20.8) J. Gillom (7.3) M. Timms (5.3) 73.9 vs 67.5 31.4 vs 31.4 .424 vs .434
1999 J. Gillom (15.2) M. Askamp (7.2) M. Timms (5.0) 68.0 vs 68.2 31.3 vs 31.6 .399 vs .415
2000s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2000 B. Reed (19.0) B. Reed (5.8) M. Cleary (3.2) 70.1 vs 65.7 27.9 vs 30.3 .446 vs .423
2001 J. Gillom (12.3) M. Stepanova (6.3) K. Veal (4.3) 64.5 vs 67.8 29.4 vs 32.2 .405 vs .415
2002 J. Gillom (15.3) A. Williams (6.9) G. Grubin (3.3) 65.3 vs 71.6 28.7 vs 31.3 .420 vs .455
2003 A. DeForge (11.9) A. Williams (7.4) T. Jackson (4.3) 61.7 vs 66.8 29.4 vs 32.8 .382 vs .447
2004 D. Taurasi (17.0) P. Taylor (4.8) D. Taurasi (3.9) 67.6 vs 65.7 26.9 vs 30.0 .430 vs .425
2005 D. Taurasi (16.0) K. Vodichkova (7.0) D. Taurasi (4.5) 69.4 vs 69.2 31.2 vs 30.1 .414 vs .429
2006 D. Taurasi (25.3) K. Vodichkova (6.7) D. Taurasi (4.1) 87.1 vs 84.7 33.7 vs 37.7 .443 vs .433
2007 D. Taurasi (19.2) T. Smith (6.5) K. Miller (4.6) 89.0 vs 85.4 33.9 vs 40.9 .439 vs .405
2008 D. Taurasi (24.1) T. Smith (7.0) K. Miller (4.0) 88.5 vs 88.5 36.1 vs 38.2 .430 vs .421
2009 D. Taurasi (20.4) D. Bonner (5.8) C. Pondexter (5.0) 92.8 vs 89.1 35.0 vs 37.8 .460 vs .424
2010s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2010 D. Taurasi (22.6) C. Dupree (7.6) P. Taylor (5.0) 93.9 vs 93.8 35.7 vs 37.6 .473 vs .455
2011 D. Taurasi (21.6) C. Dupree (8.2) P. Taylor (4.7) 89.0 vs 86.0 35.1 vs 34.2 .461 vs .440
2012 D. Bonner (20.6) K. Thomas (8.0) S. Prahalis (4.5) 74.5 vs 86.7 37.4 vs 36.1 .384 vs .437
2013 D. Taurasi (20.3) C. Dupree (6.4) D. Taurasi (6.2) 79.7 vs 80.3 35.1 vs 34.2 .453 vs .411
2014 D. Taurasi (16.2) B. Griner (8.0) D. Taurasi (5.6) 83.5 vs 74.1 33.7 vs 34.5 .484 vs .409
2015 D. Bonner (15.8) B. Griner (8.1) D. Bonner (3.3) 75.1 vs 72.3 33.4 vs 35.0 .437 vs .396
2016 D. Taurasi (17.8) B. Griner (6.5) D. Taurasi (3.9) 84.6 vs 83.3 32.4 vs 34.4 .453 vs .440
2017 B. Griner (21.9) B. Griner (7.6) L. Mitchell (3.6) 81.9 vs 81.9 32.1 vs 34.6 .440 vs .438
2018 D. Taurasi (20.7) B. Griner (7.7) D. Taurasi (5.3) 85.8 vs 83.2 32.6 vs 34.4 .457 vs .431
2019 B. Griner (20.7) D. Bonner (7.6) D. Taurasi (5.3) 76.5 vs 77.6 32.5 vs 37.2 .424 vs .422
2020s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2020 D. Taurasi (18.7) B. Turner (9.0) B. Hartley & D. Taurasi (4.5) 86.1 vs 84.1 34.0 vs 36.0 .450 vs .425
2021 B. Griner (20.5) B. Griner (9.5) S. Diggins-Smith (5.3) 82.1 vs 79.5 36.2 vs 34.9 .450 vs .417
2022 S. Diggins-Smith (19.7) B. Turner (6.8) S. Diggins-Smith (5.5) 81.1 vs 84.1 31.2 vs 37.2 .429 vs .441

Media coverage

Currently, some Mercury games are broadcast on Bally Sports Arizona. The broadcaster for the Mercury games is Kevin Ray.

All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on ESPN3.com) are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some Mercury games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, CBS Sports Network and ABC. The WNBA has reached an eight-year agreement with ESPN, which will pay right fees to the Mercury, as well as other teams in the league.[14]

All-time notes

Regular season attendance

Regular season all-time attendance
Year Average High Low Sellouts Total for year WNBA game average
1997 13,703 (1st) 17,747 10,898 0 191,835 9,669
1998 13,764 (3rd) 14,705 12,522 0 206,467 10,869
1999 12,219 (3rd) 13,483 11,328 0 195,508 10,207
2000 10,130 (5th) 11,390 9,327 0 162,079 9,074
2001 8,558 (9th) 14,117 6,680 0 136,922 9,075
2002 8,749 (8th) 11,347 7,199 0 139,978 9,228
2003 8,501 (7th) 10,203 6,464 0 144,511 8,800
2004 7,638 (8th) 10,493 5,147 0 129,848 8,613
2005 7,303 (9th) 10,503 5,865 0 124,146 8,172
2006 7,496 (7th) 11,661 5,091 0 127,430 7,476
2007 7,711 (9th) 13,569 6,033 0 131,085 7,742
2008 8,522 (5th) 15,499 4,478 0 144,867 7,948
2009 8,523 (4th) 13,582 5,672 0 144,844 8,039
2010 8,982 (4th) 14,772 5,506 0 152,686 7,834
2011 9,167 (3rd) 12,666 6,108 0 155,845 7,954
2012 7,814 (5th) 10,656 5,421 0 132,454 7,452
2013 8,557 (3rd) 13,065 5,972 0 145,466 7,531
2014 9,557 (1st) 12,756 7,845 0 162,464 7,578
2015 9,946 (1st) 12,296 8,319 0 169,077 7,184
2016 10,351 (1st) 13,048 8,412 0 175,965 7,655
2017 9,913 (3rd) 12,043 5,764 0 168,516 7,716
2018 9,950 (3rd) 13,106 7,769 0 169,149 6,721
2019 9,069 (2nd) 17,943 8,001 0 154,179 6,535
2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was played in Bradenton, Florida without fans.[15][16]
2021 5,849 (1st) 9,811 3,618 0 93,585 2,636
2022 7,974 (2nd) 14,162 5,044 0 143,530 5,679

Draft picks

Trades

All-Stars

Olympians

Honors and awards

Notes

  1. ^ The WNBA awarded conference championships to the winners of the Conference Finals in the playoffs from 1998 to 2015.

References

  1. ^ "Team Directory" (PDF). 2020 Phoenix Mercury Media Guide. WNBA Enterprises, LLC. July 24, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Phoenix Mercury Reproduction Guideline Sheet". WNBA Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "WNBA Player to Decide on Playboy". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2021-03-25.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Sports Illustrated, September 24, 2007, p. 67
  5. ^ "2016 WNBA playoff results". WNBA.com. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. ^ "MERCURY: Mercury, LifeLock Break New Ground with Partnership". Wnba.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  7. ^ Mercury to retired #7 on WNBA.com
  8. ^ Michelle Timms on Sports Australia HoF
  9. ^ [Phoenix Mercury retires Penny Taylor's jersey as Australian greats pay tribute] by Roy Ward on The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 July 2017
  10. ^ "Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Negley, Cassandra (August 8, 2013). "Phoenix Mercury fire Corey Gaines, hire Russ Pennell as interim coach". Arizona Republic.
  12. ^ Mercury Names Sandy Brondello Head Coach
  13. ^ "MERCURY NAMES VANESSA NYGAARD HEAD COACH". Phoenix Mercury. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  14. ^ "WNBA Extends TV Rights Deal with ESPN and ABC". Sports Business. June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
  15. ^ "WNBA Announces Plan To Tip Off 2020 Season". WNBA. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  16. ^ "WNBA announces plans for 2020 season to start late July in Florida". NBC Sports Washington. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  17. ^ "Mercury Acquires Camille Little, Jillian Alleyne in Three-Team Trade. - Phoenix Mercury". Phoenix Mercury. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
Sporting positions Preceded byMinnesota Lynx WNBA Champions 2014 (Third title) Succeeded byMinnesota Lynx WNBA Western Conference Champions 2014 (Fourth title) Preceded byDetroit Shock WNBA Champions 2009 (Second title) Succeeded bySeattle Storm Preceded bySan Antonio Silver Stars WNBA Western Conference Champions 2009 (Third title) Preceded byDetroit Shock WNBA Champions 2007 (First title) Succeeded byDetroit Shock Preceded bySacramento Monarchs WNBA Western Conference Champions 2007 (Second title) Succeeded bySan Antonio Silver Stars Preceded byFirst Co-Champions WNBA Western Conference co-championsWith Houston Comets 1998 (First title) Succeeded byHouston Comets