Angel McCoughtry Announces Return to Atlanta Dream
Perennial All-Star plans to return for 2018 season
ATLANTA – Perennial WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Angel McCoughtry has signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Dream and has announced her intention to return to the Atlanta franchise for the 2018 season.
“I am excited to return to the Atlanta Dream for the upcoming WNBA season,” said McCoughtry. “I look forward to reuniting with my Dream teammates and coaching staff to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. We have a loyal and enthusiastic fan base who I can’t wait see when the WNBA season tips off.”
Playing year-round since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Dream in 2009 WNBA Draft, McCoughtry decided to sit out the 2017 season to rest her body. With her return, Atlanta will add the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and two-time All-WNBA First Team member.
“I’m elated to welcome Angel McCoughtry back to the Dream,” Head Coach Nicki Collen said. “As a former No. 1 overall pick, two-time Olympian and All-WNBA performer, she is so important to the Dream franchise. After time away from the WNBA, I believe she is reenergized and excited to be back in front of the Dream fans and her teammates and sees a bright future here in Atlanta.”
With a career-average of 19.5 points per game, McCoughtry only needs 10 points to become the second-fastest player in WNBA history to reach the 5,000-point plateau and just the 18th player to reach that mark.
“Her uncanny ability to make tough shots, her speed in the open floor and her creativity with the basketball make her a tremendous asset for our team,” Collen added. “I consider Angel one of the 10 best players in the world right now. She is special because of her ability to score the basketball at all three levels. I believe with our current roster she could be a tremendous facilitator as well and have a career high in assists this season.”
Entering 2018 training camp, the Dream will have an exciting roster filled with four former All-Stars, including 2017 participants – Layshia Clarendon, Tiffany Hayes and Elizabeth Williams – as well as 2017 WNBA All-Rookie Team member Brittney Sykes. The Dream have also recently announced the signings of free agents Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland.
The Atlanta Dream, who is celebrating its 11th season in the WNBA in 2018, will play its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Atlanta has qualified for the playoffs seven times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.