The Seattle Storm, originally the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League, joined the WNBA in 2000 with the legendary Lin Dunn serving as the franchise’s first coach. It was a rocky start for the Storm, which recorded just 16 wins in its first two seasons, but it has since transformed into one of the league’s most consistent performers.
Seattle earned its first postseason berth in 2002 after a 17-15 regular season finish and it earned at least 16 wins per season in each of the next 11 seasons. The Storm also qualified for the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons between 2004 and 2013.
The franchise reached 272 wins at the conclusion of the 2015 season and its 11 postseason appearances are the fourth most by any WNBA franchise.
Seattle also owns two WNBA Finals victories. The Storm won its first title in 2004, defeating the Connecticut Sun 2-1 for the championship. The club’s second banner came in 2010 when it swept the Atlanta Dream in the Finals.
Seattle has been privileged to have a number of great players don the Storm uniform over the years, including Sue Bird, Swim Cash, Sheryl Swoopes and Aussie Lauren Jackson, who earned WNBA Finals MVP honors in 2010.