Phoenix Mercury

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Phoenix Mercury
Basketball current event.svg 2019 Phoenix Mercury season
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Conference Western
Leagues WNBA
Founded1997;22 years ago (1997)
HistoryPhoenix Mercury
1997–present
Arena Talking Stick Resort Arena
Location Phoenix, Arizona
Team colorsPurple, orange, light gray, black [1] [2]
                
Main sponsor Casino Arizona
Talking Stick Resort
General managerJim Pitman
Head coach Sandy Brondello
Assistant(s)Todd Troxel
Julie Hairgrove
Ownership Robert Sarver
Championships3 (2007, 2009, 2014)
Conference titles4 (1998, 2007, 2009, 2014)
Website mercury.wnba.com

The Phoenix Mercury is a 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 Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns.

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The Mercury has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eleven of its twenty years in Phoenix. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as former UConn sharpshooter Diana Taurasi, explosive Rutgers grad Cappie Pondexter, former Temple power forward Candice Dupree, former Baylor standout center Brittney Griner, and Australian guard Penny Taylor. In 1998, 2007, 2009, and 2014, 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.

University of Connecticut Public research university in Connecticut

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Diana Taurasi basketball player

Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. Taurasi has won three WNBA championships, one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards, four Olympic gold medals,, five scoring titles, and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). She has also been selected to seven WNBA All-Star teams and nine All-WNBA teams. She is one of 10 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA Championship. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time. On June 18, 2017, Taurasi became the WNBA all-time leading scorer.

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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.

Nancy Lieberman basketball player

Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman, nicknamed "Lady Magic", is a former professional basketball player who played and coached in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and currently works as a broadcaster for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as head coach of the Power in the BIG3, where she led them to the 2018 BIG3 Championship. Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in American women's basketball.

Michele Timms Australian basketball coach and retired player

Michele Margaret Timms is an Australian basketball coach and retired professional basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association. Many people consider the Melbourne native to be one of Australia's greatest basketball players of all time. She has one daughter, Kalsie Timms

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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.

Cleveland Rockers basketball team

The Cleveland Rockers were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Cleveland, Ohio, that played from 1997 until 2003. The Rockers were one of the original eight franchises of the WNBA, which started in 1997. The owner was Gordon Gund, who at the time also owned the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. In October 2003, Gund announced that his Gund Arena Company would no longer operate the Rockers. The team folded after the 2003 season as the league was not able to find new ownership for the team.

Houston Comets basketball team

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Mercury falling (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.

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From 2001–2004, 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.[ citation needed ]

Lisa Harrison is a former American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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. [3] 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. [3] Penny Taylor scored a game high 30 points in Game 5, and went 18-for-18 from the line. [3] 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. [3] 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.JPG
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. [4]

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. [5] For the 2014 season and going forward, the Mercury will wear jerseys sponsored by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

Season-by-season records

Players

Current roster

Phoenix Mercury roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#Nat.NameHeightWeightDOBFromYrs
F 24 Flag of the United States.svg Bonner, DeWanna 6' 4" (1.93m)143 lb (65kg)08-21-1987 Auburn 9
G 17 Flag of the United States.svg Carson, Essence 6' 0" (1.83m)163 lb (74kg)07-28-1986 Rutgers 11
G 1 Flag of the United States.svg Carter, Arica 5' 7" (1.7m)143 lb (65kg)07-19-1996 Louisville R
G 9 Flag of the United States.svg Cunningham, Sophie 6' 1" (1.85m)170 lb (77kg)08-16-1996 Missouri R
C 42 Flag of the United States.svg Griner, Brittney 6' 9" (2.06m)205 lb (93kg)10-18-1990 Baylor 6
G 12 Flag of the United States.svg January, Briann 5' 8" (1.73m)144 lb (65kg)01-11-1987 Arizona State 10
F 20 Flag of the United States.svg Little, Camille 6' 2" (1.88m)180 lb (82kg)01-18-1985 North Carolina 12
F 31 Flag of Spain.svg Lyttle, Sancho   Cruz Roja.svg 6' 5" (1.96m)175 lb (79kg)09-20-1983 Houston 14
F 11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Smith, Alanna 6' 4" (1.93m)180 lb (82kg)11-10-1996 Stanford R
G/F 3 Flag of the United States.svg Taurasi, Diana   Cruz Roja.svg 6' 0" (1.83m)163 lb (74kg)06-11-1982 Connecticut 14
F 21 Flag of the United States.svg Turner, Brianna 6' 3" (1.91m)170 lb (77kg)07-05-1996 Notre Dame R
G 6 Flag of the United States.svg Turner, Yvonne 5' 10" (1.78m)131 lb (59kg)10-13-1987 Nebraska 2



East : ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West : DALLVLAMINPHOSEA
Head coach
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sandy Brondello (Western Sydney)
Assistant coaches
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Hairgrove (Arizona)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Penny Taylor
Athletic trainer

Alicia Yamamoto Indiana

Strength and conditioning coach
Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Mak (Illinois State)

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

WNBA roster page

Former players

Retired numbers

Phoenix Mercury retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionTenureRef.
7 Michele Timms G 1997–2001 [6] [7]
13 Penny Taylor G/F 2004–2016 [8]
22 Jennifer Gillom F 1997–2002
32 Bridget Pettis G 1997–2006

Hall of Famers

(from Women's Basketball Hall of Fame [9] )

FIBA Hall of Famers

Phoenix Mercury Hall of Famers
Players
No.NamePositionTenureInducted
7 Michele Timms G 1997–20012016

Coaches and staff

Owners

Head coaches

Phoenix Mercury head coaches
NameStartEndSeasonsRegular seasonPlayoffs
WLPCTGWLPCTG
Cheryl Miller January 27, 1997December 1, 200047052.57412236.3339
Cynthia Cooper January 8, 2001June 26, 200221923.4524200.0000
Linda Sharp June 26, 2002end of 2002 1517.2272200.0000
John Shumate October 23, 2002end of 2003 1826.2353400.0000
Carrie Graf April 14, 2004end of 2005 23335.4856800.0000
Paul Westhead October 11, 2005September 18, 200724127.6036872.7789
Corey Gaines November 7, 2007August 8, 2013 [10] 690101.471191119.55020
Russ Pennell August 8, 2013 [10] October 18, 2013194.6921323.4005
Sandy Brondello November 15, 2013 [11] Present510367.6061701712.58629
Coaches Julie Hairgrove, Todd Troxel (left to right) and head coach Sandy Brondello (seated) in a timeout during the 2016 WNBA semifinals. Mercury timeout 2016-09-28.jpg
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

Media coverage

Currently, some Mercury games are broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona (FS-A), which is a local television station for the state of Arizona. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. 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 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. [12]

All-time notes

Regular season attendance

Regular season all-time attendance
YearAverageHighLowSelloutsTotal for yearWNBA game average
199713,703 (1st)17,74710,8980191,8359,669
199813,764 (3rd)14,70512,5220206,46710,869
199912,219 (3rd)13,48311,3280195,50810,207
200010,130 (5th)11,3909,3270162,0799,074
20018,558 (9th)14,1176,6800136,9229,075
20028,749 (8th)11,3477,1990139,9789,228
20038,501 (7th)10,2036,4640144,5118,800
20047,638 (8th)10,4935,1470129,8488,613
20057,303 (9th)10,5035,8650124,1468,172
20067,496 (7th)11,6615,0910127,4307,476
20077,711 (9th)13,5696,0330131,0857,742
20088,522 (5th)15,4994,4780144,8677,948
20098,523 (4th)13,5825,6720144,8448,039
20108,982 (4th)14,7725,5060152,6867,834
20119,167 (3rd)12,6666,1080155,8457,954
20127,814 (5th)10,6565,4210132,4547,452
20138,557 (3rd)13,0655,9720145,4667,531
20149,557 (1st)12,7567,8450162,4647,578
20159,946 (1st)12,2968,3190169,0777,184
201610,351 (1st)13,0480175,9657,655
20179,913 (3rd)12,0435,7640168,5167,716
20189,950 (3rd)13,1067,7690169,1496,721

Draft picks

Trades

All-Stars

Olympians

Honors and awards

  • 1997All-WNBA Second Team: Jennifer Gillom
  • 1998All-WNBA First Team: Jennifer Gillom
  • 2002Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Jennifer Gillom
  • 2004Rookie of the Year: Diana Taurasi
  • 2004All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2005All-WNBA Second Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2006All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2006All-Rookie Team: Cappie Pondexter
  • 2006Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
  • 2007Finals MVP: Cappie Pondexter
  • 2007All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2007All-WNBA First Team: Penny Taylor
  • 2008All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2008Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
  • 2009Most Valuable Player: Diana Taurasi
  • 2009Finals MVP: Diana Taurasi
  • 2009All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2009All-WNBA First Team: Cappie Pondexter
  • 2009All-Rookie Team: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2009Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2009Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
  • 2010All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2010Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2010Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
  • 2011All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2011All-WNBA Second Team: Penny Taylor
  • 2011Sixth Woman of the Year: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2011Peak Performer (Scoring): Diana Taurasi
  • 2012All-Rookie Team: Samantha Prahalis
  • 2013All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2013All-Rookie Team: Brittney Griner
  • 2014Finals MVP: Diana Taurasi
  • 2014Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner
  • 2014Peak Performer (Assists): Diana Taurasi
  • 2014Coach of the Year: Sandy Brondello
  • 2014All-WNBA First Team: Brittney Griner
  • 2014All-WNBA First Team: Diana Taurasi
  • 2014All-Defensive First Team: Brittney Griner
  • 2015Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner
  • 2015All-Defensive First Team: Brittney Griner
  • 2015All-Defensive Second Team: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2015All-WNBA First Team: DeWanna Bonner
  • 2015All-WNBA Second Team: Brittney Griner
  • 2016All-Defensive Second Team: Brittney Griner

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Champions
2014 (Third title)
Succeeded by
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Western Conference Champions
2014 (Fourth title)
Preceded by
Detroit Shock
WNBA Champions
2009 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Seattle Storm
Preceded by
San Antonio Silver Stars
WNBA Western Conference Champions
2009 (Third title)
Preceded by
Detroit Shock
WNBA Champions
2007 (First title)
Succeeded by
Detroit Shock
Preceded by
Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA Western Conference Champions
2007 (Second title)
Succeeded by
San Antonio Silver Stars
Preceded by
First Co-Champions
WNBA Western Conference Co-Champions
With Houston Comets

1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
Houston Comets