The WNBA draft for the Atlanta Dream went about as perfect as it could have for a team without a first round selection. The Dream traded what eventually became the 3rd overall pick in exchange for Imani Boyette, Tamara Young, and a 2nd round pick. Boyette and Young are solid players but they didn’t get the Dream over the hump last season. Star forward Angel McCoughtry is returning to the team after taking last season off to heal some nagging injuries. Barring that news, The Atlanta Dream traded their 2016 first round pick Bria Holmes, who is slated to be out for the season due to pregnancy, to the Connecticut Sun for the 16th overall selection in the WNBA draft. The following is my pick-by-pick analysis for the Dream’s draft selections:
2nd Round 15th Overall UCLA F Monique Billings
Monique Billings is the most energetic player on both ends in the entire draft. Billings led the Pac-12 in rebounds and double-doubles in her final collegiate season. Billings averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the UCLA Bruins. Monique Billings holds the UCLA women’s basketball record for blocks with 228 and is 2nd in all time rebounds Bruin history. With the departure of longtime dream Forward Sancho Lyttle, the Dream sorely needed front court depth and have acquired a player that could anchor the team down low. Billings should start right away and create a fantastic tandem with Center Elizabeth Williams.
2nd Round 16th overall Baylor Guard Kristy Wallace
Wallace is one of the best point guards in the WNBA draft this year. Wallace led the Lady Bears in assists in her junior and senior seasons. Wallace averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 5 rebounds per game coupled with 38 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kristy Wallace was also selected for the All Big 12 first team as well as the Big 12 All-Defensive team. The Dream have been needing point guard depth for a while now even before the acquisition of Layshia Clarendon who was an all star reserve last season. With this selection of Kristy Wallace the Dream will now have someone who will set the tone on both ends of the court. Wallace tore her ACL before the end of her senior season but that shouldn’t stop her from being on contributor for the Atlanta Dream.
3rd Round 27th overall Georgia Forward Mackenzie Engram
Engram was All-SEC for the 2018 season and is the first draft selection from the University of Georgia since 2016. Engram averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while starring for the Lady Bulldogs. She is the sister of Evan Engram who was selected by the New York Giants in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mackenzie will bring tenacity to the Dream’s roster and help make this team be a force down low for years to come grant it that she makes this talented Dream roster.
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