Key dates for the 2012 WNBA season

May 7, 2012 4:35pm
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Some quick thoughts on the unique schedule this season with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. These dates can be found on the WNBA home page linked below.

Key Dates for the 2012 WNBA season

Mon., April 16 WNBA Draft
Sun., April 29 Training Camp Starts
Sat., May 5 Pre-season Games Begins
Fri., May 18 Regular Season Begins
Sat., July 14 – Wed., Aug. 15 Olympic Break
Fri., July 27 – Sun., Aug. 12 2012 Olympic Games – London, UK
Thur, August 16 Second Half Schedule Starts
Sun., September 23 WNBA Regular Season Ends
Thur., September 27 Playoffs Begin
Wed., October 24 Last Possible Finals Date

WNBA Draft, April 16th: This date has obviously passed but rookies are finally getting a taste of the league as training camps have started. Their impacts will vary greatly, with some just hoping to earn a roster spot, while others such as first overall pick Nneka Ogwumike looking to provide a major contribute right away. She was the consensus top player in this year’s draft in what some have called a “one-player” draft. Tulsa’s Glory Johnson will have chance to play major minutes as she landed with the Shock. Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis could be one rookie with quite a bit of pressure as the Mercury are lacking a true point guard besides her.

Training Camp Starts, April 29th: A lot of the coverage this week will deal with players fighting for the last few roster spots. While some rosters like Minnesota look pretty clear, others such as Tulsa and Indiana still have a lot of question marks for the last 2 or 3 spots on the roster.

Pre-season Games Begin, May 5th: 3 preseason games were played this past weekend with games every day this week. Nate Parham at Swish Appeal has some further coverage on the preseason’s first games.

Regular Season Begins, May 18th: The Los Angeles Sparks, with new coach Carol Ross will head to the Northwest, and face a veteran Seattle Storm squad in this year’s first game.

Olympic Break, July 14th – August 15th: A month long break will divide this year’s WNBA schedule into basically two different seasons. While they will all count toward making the playoffs this season, it’s going to be a very interesting  pre-Olympic and post-Olympic portion of the schedule for many teams.

2012 Olympic Games – London, UK, July 27 – August 12th: Many of the league’s best players will be on display. Team USA is stacked with a potential starting lineup of Bird, Taurasi, Catchings, Parker and Fowles.

Second Half Schedule Starts, August 16th: The 2nd half of the season could become one big question mark. Will the break be good for some teams and bad for others?  With so many of the league’s top players playing in Europe during the off-season, will those extra Olympic games result in injuries or tired legs down the stretch for a team like Connecticut? Also, how will the break help a team like Tulsa who should get Cambage back and some rest for other players? (assuming they are still in the playoff hunt?)

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