Washington Mystics – Draft Summary
By Matt Hallett
The Washington Mystics had a bit of a let down in the offseason. For a team who were about to contend with the top teams in the WNBA to lose a player of the caliber of Emma Meesseman is gut wrenching. They added some nice pieces in Monique Currie and Devereaux Peters but were not able to replace the production of Meesseman. They had picks 7, 19 and 31 in the 2018 draft.
Pick 7 – Ariel Atkins
In a surprise of the draft, the Mystics chose 5’11” guard Ariel Atkins out of Texas with the seventh pick. While Atkins is a top prospect and can help a team on both end of the court, the Mystics already have five quality guards on the roster.
However, last season when Taylor Hill went down, the Mystics always seemed a guard short on offense. Then when Elena Delle Donne hurt her ankle, there was a lot of pressure on a few players. Kristi Tolliver did not shoot at her LA Sparks level from the year before. Perhaps this is a move to solidify the guard position in the future.
Pick 19 – Myisha Hines-Allen
Myisha Hines-Allen is a 6’2” forward out of Louisville. Last season she averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She shot the ball well going 52.9 percent from the field. The problem for Hines-Allen is she is going to be battling for a roster spot with Delle Donne, Tianna Hawkins, Currie, Peters and LaToya Sanders.
Pick 31 – Rebecca Greenwell
Rebecca Greenwell is a 6’1” guard out of Duke. Greenwell averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game in her senior year. Unfortunately for Greenwell there is way too much talent at the guard level for her to make the final season roster spot.
Draft grade: B
I gave the Washington Mystics a solid B for this draft. It may have been higher but there were too many questions which remained unanswered. Atkins is a nice piece but they left on the draft board Maria Vadeeva, Victoria Vivians, Stephanie Mavunga, Mercedes Russell and Monique Billings. I may have to re-evaluate my grade as the season goes on.