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SeasonTeamsChampionCommissioner's CupSeason MVPTop Draft PickRookie of the YearAll-Star Game
1997 8 Houston Comets Not established until 2020 Cynthia Cooper
Houston Comets
Tina Thompson
Houston Comets
No award givenNo game held
1998 10 Houston Comets (2)Not established until 2020 Cynthia Cooper (2)
Houston Comets
Margo Dydek
Utah Starzz
Tracy Reid
Charlotte Sting
No game held
1999 12 Houston Comets (3)Not established until 2020 Yolanda Griffith
Sacramento Monarchs
Chamique Holdsclaw
Washington Mystics
Chamique Holdsclaw
Washington Mystics
Madison Square Garden, New York
79-61, WEST
2000 16 Houston Comets (4)Not established until 2020 Sheryl Swoopes
Houston Comets
Ann Wauters
Cleveland Rockers
Betty Lennox
Minnesota Lynx
America West Arena, Phoenix
73-61, WEST
2001 16 Los Angeles Sparks Not established until 2020 Lisa Leslie
Los Angeles Sparks
Lauren Jackson
Seattle Storm
Jackie Stiles
Portland Fire
TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando
80-72, WEST
2002 16 Los Angeles Sparks (2)Not established until 2020 Sheryl Swoopes (2)
Houston Comets
Sue Bird
Seattle Storm
Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
MCI Center, Washington
81-76, WEST
2003 14 Detroit Shock Not established until 2020 Lauren Jackson
Seattle Storm
LaToya Thomas
Cleveland Rockers
Cheryl Ford
Detroit Shock
Madison Square Garden, New York
84-75, WEST
2004 13 Seattle Storm Not established until 2020 Lisa Leslie (2)
Los Angeles Sparks
Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Mercury
Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Mercury
The Game at Radio City
2005 13 Sacramento Monarchs Not established until 2020 Sheryl Swoopes (3)
Houston Comets
Janel McCarville
Charlotte Sting
Temeka Johnson
Washington Mystics
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
122-99, WEST
2006 14 Detroit Shock (2)Not established until 2020 Lisa Leslie (3)
Los Angeles Sparks
Seimone Augustus
Minnesota Lynx
Seimone Augustus
Minnesota Lynx
Madison Square Garden, New York
98-82, EAST
2007 13 Phoenix Mercury Not established until 2020 Lauren Jackson (2)
Seattle Storm
Lindsey Harding
Phoenix Mercury
Armintie Price
Chicago Sky
Verizon Center, Washington
103-99, EAST
2008 14 Detroit Shock (3)Not established until 2020 Candace Parker
Los Angeles Sparks
Candace Parker
Los Angeles Sparks
Candace Parker
Los Angeles Sparks
No game held
2009 13 Phoenix Mercury (2)Not established until 2020 Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Mercury
Angel McCoughtry
Atlanta Dream
Angel McCoughtry
Atlanta Dream
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
130-118, WEST
2010 12 Seattle Storm (2)Not established until 2020 Lauren Jackson (3)
Seattle Storm
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Stars at the Sun
2011 12 Minnesota Lynx Not established until 2020 Tamika Catchings
Indiana Fever
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
AT&T Center, San Antonio
118-113, EAST
2012 12 Indiana Fever Not established until 2020 Tina Charles
Connecticut Sun
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
No game held
2013 12 Minnesota Lynx (2)Not established until 2020 Candace Parker (2)
Los Angeles Sparks
Brittney Griner
Phoenix Mercury
Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
102-98, WEST
2014 12 Phoenix Mercury (3)Not established until 2020 Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
Chiney Ogwumike
Connecticut Sun
US Airways Center, Phoenix
125-124 (OT), EAST
2015 12 Minnesota Lynx (3)Not established until 2020 Elena Delle Donne
Chicago Sky
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Jewell Loyd
Seattle Storm
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
117-112, WEST
2016 12 Los Angeles Sparks (3)Not established until 2020 Nneka Ogwumike
Los Angeles Sparks
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
No game held
2017 12 Minnesota Lynx (4)Not established until 2020 Sylvia Fowles
Minnesota Lynx
Kelsey Plum
San Antonio Stars
Allisha Gray
Dallas Wings
KeyArena, Seattle
130-121 WEST
2018 12 Seattle Storm (3)Not established until 2020 Breanna Stewart
Seattle Storm
A'ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces
A'ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces
Target Center, Minneapolis
Team Parker 119, Team Delle Donne 112
2019 12 Washington Mystics Not established until 2020 Elena Delle Donne (2)
Washington Mystics
Jackie Young
Las Vegas Aces
Napheesa Collier
Minnesota Lynx
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Team Wilson 129, Team Delle Donne 126
2020 12 Seattle Storm (4)No tournament held A'ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces
Sabrina Ionescu
New York Liberty
Crystal Dangerfield
Minnesota Lynx
No game held
2021 12 Chicago Sky Seattle Storm Jonquel Jones
Connecticut Sun
Charli Collier
Dallas Wings
Michaela Onyenwere
New York Liberty
Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas

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