Last season, the Atlanta Dream were just one win away from being in the WNBA Finals as they gave the Washington Mystics everything they could handle. Entering the 2019 season, the Dream will be looking to build off one of their best seasons in franchise history and this time make it to the WNBA Finals. The Dream will have Angel McCoughtry returning after suffering an ACL injury last August and ended her season early. Many believe that the Dream could of made it to the Finals and even would have won it all, if McCoughtry didn’t get injured. Last season, McCoughtry averaged 16.5 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. She also shot 42 percent from the floor.
When McCoughtry went down last season, the Dream needed someone to step up and guard Tiffany Hayes did exactly that. She led the Dream in scoring by averaging 17.2 points per game. She was able to use her quickness and great ball handling to skills to get to the basket and finish. She was also able to draw so many defenders into the paint that she was able to kick it out and find the open shooter. Now while the Dream were able to do well when getting in the paint, they didn’t really shoot the three ball that strong last season. Renee Montgomery was the only consistent three point shooter for the Dream. She shot 37.1 percent from three last season In the 2019 WNBA draft, the Dream did add another three point shooter in Maite Cazorla out of Oregon. Cazorla shot the three ball well in her senior year at Oregon as she hit 41.2 percent from three.
What made the Dream so good last season was their strong defense. The Dream had one of the best defenses in the league last season and look for them to continue that this season. The Dream has what it takes to make it to the Finals and win it all. Last season, left them with a bitter taste in their mouth. This season, they are hungry for more and they can absolutely make another deep postseason run this season. Once the Dream get McCoughtry back, they will be a very dangerous team come playoff time. The Dream will start the 2019 season at home against the Dallas Wing on Friday May 24th. Tipoff is at 7:30 PM.
By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599