All-time WNBA standings: Connecticut Sun the best without championship

Every fan roots for their group to win the champion this year, however the supreme objective is to be the best franchise of perpetuity. At Swish Appeal we chose to rank all the WNBA groups that have actually ever existed in order of achievement.

For franchises that have actually relocated to in between 2 or 3 various cities, I counted them as 2 or 3 various groups. You might wish to see these franchises ranked as one, however I considered them individually due to the fact that their fan bases are various — in many cases extremely various (Detroit Shock/Dallas Wings and Orlando Miracle/Connecticut Sun).

This is our post on groups 23 through 12 (the groups with no champions). To break the tie in between the groups, I created a tiebreaker point system:

  • Lost Finals — 50 points
  • Lost semis — 35 points
  • Lost last 6 — 25 points
  • Lost last 8 — 15 points
  • Missed playoffs — Winning portion x 10

I used this system to every season of the group’s presence and after that divided by the variety of seasons to get a typical success number.

You might do excellent in the routine season, however lose early in the playoffs and be harmed by this system. You might likewise simply hardly miss out on the playoffs with an excellent record and lag a group that made the playoffs with an even worse record. This system rewards the magnificence of making the playoffs and of making the Finals with huge point increases at those phases. The point totals I granted for each phase of the playoffs are approximate, however these standings must provide us a quite precise sense of which WNBA groups have actually accomplished the most glory/greatness.

Here are groups 23 through 12:

23) Portland Fire

Tiebreaker point average: 3.85666667

Years: 3

The Fire, who existed from 2000 to 2002, are the only WNBA group to never ever make the playoffs. Even with the Tulsa Shock making the playoffs when and getting those 15 points, Portland almost ended up 22nd. They ended up with a winning portion above .300 all 3 years went a strong 16-16 in their last season.

Jackie Stiles of the Portland Fire
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22) Tulsa Shock

Tiebreaker point average: 4.51

Years: 6

Tulsa owns the worst season in WNBA history: a winning portion of .088 in 2011, which simply edges the New York Liberty’s .091 winning portion not too long back in the 2020 wubble. Tulsa likewise had a hard time in its very first season (2010) with a winning portion of .176. Things improved in the group’s last season prior to relocating to Dallas (2015). It went 18-16 to make an area in the playoffs prior to getting burnt out in both of its video games versus the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Seattle Storm v Tulsa Shock

Skylar Diggins-Smith (with ball)
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21) Orlando Miracle

Tiebreaker point average: 7.1875

Years: 4

The Miracle were coached by nationwide championship-winning head coach and now famous analyst/announcer Carolyn Peck 3 of their 4 seasons. Peck led them to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 16-16 regular-season record in 2000. The group was likewise 16-16 in 2002 under Dee Brown, however missed out on the playoffs. It was listed below .500 however above .400 in both of its other seasons.

Los Angeles Sparks v Orlando Miracle

Carolyn Peck (right) training the Miracle.
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20) Miami Sol

Tiebreaker point average: 7.91666667

Years: 3

Like the Fire, the Sol were just around from 2000 to 2002, however they had one excellent routine season, going 20-12 and making the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2001. In Game 1 versus the No. 2 seed Liberty, they fell on their house court. They went on to win Game 2 in New York, however lost the choosing Game 3, likewise in New York. Miami was under .500 however much better than .400 in both of its other seasons.

Miami Sol vs Los Angeles Sparks

Elena Baranova (on defense) was an All-Star for the Sol in 2001.
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19) Dallas Wings

Tiebreaker point average: 9.9742857

Years: 7

Here we have the bad Wings, who I, sadly, needed to position as the most affordable of the existing groups. But you’re most likely knowledgeable about the reality that they’ve made the playoffs in each of the previous 2 seasons and wish to have an intense future ahead. They are likewise still technically the exact same franchise as the three-time champ Detroit Shock. So far, Dallas has actually missed out on the playoffs in its very first season, then made it two times in a row, missed it two times in a row and made it two times in a row once again. So they’ve made the playoffs much better than half the time, however have yet to make it out of the preliminary.

2022 WNBA Playoffs - Connecticut Sun v Dallas Wings

Arike Ogunbowale
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18) Utah Starzz

Tiebreaker point average: 10.915

Years: 6

Here we have among the initial 8 — a group that has actually gone on to end up being the San Antonio Silver Stars/Stars and now the safeguarding champ Las Vegas Aces. While in Utah, the Starzz went to the playoffs two times (in its last 2 seasons prior to relocating to San Antonio). They lost in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2001 and after that, in 2002, beat the four-time champ Houston Comets to win their first-ever playoff series prior to getting swept by the Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference Finals.

Utah Starzz

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17) San Antonio Silver Stars/Stars

Tiebreaker point average: 12.1566667

Years: 15

The Utah/San Antonio/Las Vegas franchise saw a little more success throughout its years in San Antonio than it did throughout its years in Utah, with the Silver Stars (2003 to 2013)/Stars (2014 to 2017) can be found in at No. 17. Dan Hughes was the coach of the group for 8 of the Silver Star years and 3 of the Star years, leading the group to the Finals in 2008. San Antonio had the very best regular-season record in the WNBA that year, however it was swept 3-0 by Detroit in the Finals. San Antonio made it to the playoffs 6 years in a row from 2007 to 2012 and 7 times in general, with one Western Conference Finals exit and 5 Western Conference Semifinals exits.

San Antonio Stars v Minnesota Lynx

Becky Hammon (center)
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16) Cleveland Rockers

Tiebreaker point average: 15.8114286

Years: 7

Before his success in San Antonio, Hughes coached the Rockers, among the initial 8, throughout their last 4 years of presence. He took them to the playoffs 3 times and the Eastern Conference Finals when. Linda Hill-MacDonald was at the helm for the group’s another playoff season (1998), which saw Cleveland make it to the semis. Cleveland is one behind San Antonio in Finals looks however is connected with 2 semifinal looks and achieved that in eight-fewer seasons. The Rockers’ rate of making the playoffs was 57.1 percent, while San Antonio’s was 46.7 percent.

Jackson and Melvin after win

Deanna Jackson (left) and Chasity Melvin
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15) Atlanta Dream

Tiebreaker point average: 18.4026667

Years: 15

The Dream have the exact same rate of making the Finals as the very best group to never ever win a champion (the Connecticut Sun), making it to the champion round 20 percent of the time (3 times in 15 years). However, regardless of Angel McCoughtry balancing 23.7 points over their 9 Finals video games, the Dream have actually never ever won a Finals video game. They were swept by the Seattle Storm in 3 close video games in 2010 and after that were swept by the Minnesota Lynx dynasty in both 2011 and 2013. Atlanta enhanced by 14 video games from its very first season (2008) to its 2nd after preparing McCoughtry at No. 1 in the 2009 draft. It made the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2014. It hasn’t been to the playoffs considering that 2018, today has another No. 1 choice in Rhyne Howard who intends to turn things around.

USA Women’s Basketball National Team Training Camp

Angel McCoughtry with her 2009 Rookie of the Year prize.
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14) Charlotte Sting

Tiebreaker point average: 19.721

Years: 10

One of the initial 8, the Sting’s finest routine season can be found in 1998 when they went 18-12. In 1997 there were just 8 groups, so a semifinal surface wasn’t as excellent, however they got 35 points from that season. Give them credit for making it to the semis out of 10 groups in 1998 and for winning a championship game to arrive in 1999, when there were 12 groups. In 2001, their 18-14 record wasn’t incredible, however they distress Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Cleveland and No. 2 seed New York en path to the Finals. They made the playoffs two times more (in 2002 and 2003) prior to falling apart to 6-28 and 11-23 in their last 2 seasons of presence (2005 and 2006, respectively). Their rate of making the playoffs is greater than the Dream’s (60 percent to 53.3 percent) and their rate of making it to a minimum of the semifinals is higher (40 percent to 26.7 percent).

Smith-Taylor, Staley and Stinson

From delegated right: Charlotte Smith-Taylor, Dawn Staley and Andrea Stinson
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13) New York Liberty

Tiebreaker point average: 21.0126923

Years: 26

Ah, the Liberty. Such a diehard fan base and among the initial 8 that is still going. When you’ve played all 26 seasons it’s more difficult to have actually preserved a high level of success, however the Liberty’s point average is remarkably second-best amongst groups without champions and fifth-best general when looking just at non-championship winning years. It took them up until 2013 and 2014 to miss out on successive journeys to the playoffs. They’ve connected the Sun with 4 Finals looks, falling in the champion round in 4 out of the very first 6 seasons of the league in nearly Buffalo Bills style. The Liberty’s one win in a Finals video game is possibly the most well-known by a non-champion: Teresa Weatherspoon struck a half-court chance at the buzzer of 1999’s Game 2 to down the Comets, who won the very first 4 WNBA titles in a row. Breanna Stewart, who is 28 years of ages, now has possibly the rest of her profession to enhance on this ranking for the Liberty.

New York Liberty

Vickie Johnson
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12) Connecticut Sun

Tiebreaker point average: 24.75

Years: 20

Since the Miracle ended up being the Sun in 2003, Connecticut has actually had simply 3 head coaches. Current Washington Mystics basic supervisor Mike Thibault, who went on to coach the Mystics for 10 seasons and bring a champion to D.C., coached the Sun for their very first 10 seasons, taking them to the semis in each of the very first 4 years, consisting of the 2004 and 2005 Finals. The Sun have actually duplicated the 4 straight-semifinal achievement over the last 4 seasons. Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas blazed a trail to the Finals in 2019 and 2022, while Jones (for the a lot of part without Thomas) won league MVP in 2021 and led the group to the semis, and Thomas (without Jones) led the group to the semis in 2020. In 2019, the Sun pressed the Mystics, coached by Thibault, to a Game 5 in the Finals. Curt Miller was the coach at the helm in Connecticut from 2016 to 2022 and, like Thibault, is an excellent coach. But he has actually carried on to the Sparks for 2023. The Sun have a 70 percent success rate when it pertains to making the playoffs.

Connecticut Sun v Los Angeles Sparks

Alyssa Thomas
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