The Atlanta Dream re-signed Damiris Dantas as a crucial bench piece.
By Matt Hallett
The Atlanta Dream have splashed out this off-season signing Jessica Breland, Renee Montgomery, Maggie Lucas and re-signing Angel McCoughtry. In what is surely their last big move of the off-season they shored up their bench by re-signing Damiris Dantas.
Dantas played two seasons in the WNBA before missing 2016. The Dream signed dantas to a deal last season and she repaid them with solid play off the bench. Dantas played all 34 games. In these games, she averaged 18.0 minutes, 7.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately for the Dream and Dantas, her shooting percentages were low. Her slash line was .392/.265/.767 which are all lower than her career numbers. Fortunately for Dantas, the Dream will be a much better outfit than last season. This means teams will not be able to play Dantas as tightly.
At 6'3" Dantas is a good size. Her ability to rebound will be in less demand this year thanks to the addition of Breland. However, Dantas has the ability to score in multiple ways, be it from three, off the dribble or down in the low post.
It is this versatility which will get Dantas more time on the court. She can play as a small, a stretch-4 or a big wing player. With the options available to new head coach Nikki Collen, this is going to make the Dream difficult for most teams to match up against.
Dantas may be best played in bursts, depending on how she is playing. Diving into her numbers, games where Dantas has played in over 20 minutes the Dream had a 3-9 record. However, in games where Dantas has played more than 25 minutes and scores more than 12 points, the Dream were 3-2.
One interesting number which I came across when diving into the stats for Dantas is how well she plays against the Connecticut Sun. In the three games, she averaged 27 minutes, 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Now that Connecticut are one of the leagues power-houses, Dantas might be crucial to beating them, especially with the stronger line-up the Dream have assembled. One thing is for sure, this season is going to be fun.