One of the WNBA’s standout franchises, the Phoenix Mercury produced three winning seasons in their first four years of existence. They did so with Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller on the bench and Michelle Timms leading the way on the court.
Phoenix reached the second ever WNBA Finals in 1998 after beating Cleveland 2-1 in the semifinals. The Mercury lost 1-2 to Houston in the championship round.
Phoenix suffered through a six-year postseason drought after Miller resigned her post in 2000, but the club returned to prominence in 2007. The Mercury, who won 23 games that year, reached their second WNBA Finals and they laid claim to their first championship with a 3-2 series win over the Detroit Shock.
Phoenix battled its way to the Finals again in 2009 and it scored another 3-2 series victory, this time over the Indiana Fever. The franchise’s fourth WNBA Finals appearance came in 2014 when it swept the Chicago Sky 3-0 secure its third title.
All three of the Mercury’s championships came with a different coachs on the sidelines as Paul Westhead (2007), Corey Gaines (2009) and Sandy Brondello (2014) each guided the club to Finals wins.
In addition to Timms, Jennifer Gillom, Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi (the only Mercury player to win league MVP honors) and Brittney Griner have been some of the best to ever wear the Phoenix uniform.
The Mercury are owned by Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. The team plays it games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.