2020 New York Liberty season

The 2020 WNBA season was the 24th season for the New York Liberty franchise of the WNBA. The Liberty opened the regular season on July 25, 2020 versus the Seattle Storm.[1]

2020 New York Liberty season
CoachWalt Hopkins
ArenaOriginally: Barclays Center
Rescheduled to: IMG Academy gymnasiums, Bradenton, Florida
Attendance0 per game
Results
Record220 (.091)
Place6th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid Not Qualify
Team Leaders
PointsKia Nurse – 12.2 ppg
ReboundsAmanda Zahui B. – 8.5 rpg
AssistsLayshia Clarendon – 3.9 apg
Media
TelevisionYES

During the off-season the Liberty announced that they would return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as their permanent home.[2] In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Liberty's primary home venue was the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. Additionally, the Liberty announced that Walt Hopkins would replace Katie Smith as head coach.[3][4]

This WNBA season will feature an all-time high 36 regular-season games.[5] However, the plan for expanded games was put on hold on April 3, when the WNBA postponed its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] Under a plan approved on June 15, the league is scheduled to hold a shortened 22-game regular season at IMG Academy, without fans present, starting on July 24.[7][8]

The Liberty's shortened season started slowly, when they lost their first five games. Their first win came on August 7, but was followed by another seven straight losses. An eight game losing streak saw the team finish 2–20 for the season. Number one overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu only played in three games for the Liberty. Their .091 winning percentage was the worst in team history.


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