Dallas Wings rookie Satou Sabally/ Photo Credit Dallas Wings
Atlanta Dream rookie Chennedy Carter/ Photo Credit Atlanta Dream
Dallas Wings (0-0) vs Atlanta Dream (0-0)
When: Sunday, July 26th at 5pm. Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida TV: CBS Sports Network / Radio: N/A
Draft: No. 2 Satou Sabally; No. 5 Bella Alarie; No. 7 Tyasha Harris; No. 21 Luisa Geiselsoder (will not join team in 2020)
Trades: Acquired Marina Mabrey from Los Angeles in exchange for a 2021 2nd round pick; Received that pick back from Los Angeles in a subsequent trade in exchange for Kristine Anigwe and a 2021 3rd round pick; Acquired Katie Lou Samuelson and a 2021 1st round pick from Chicago in exchange for Azura Stevens; Acquired three draft picks (Nos. 5 and 7 in 2020 and a 1st round pick in 2021) from Phoenix in exchange for Skylar Diggins-Smith; Used the 2021 1st round pick from Phoenix to acquire Astou Ndour from Chicago; Acquired two 2021 draft picks (Washington’s 1st round and New York’s 2nd round) as part of a three team deal that sent Tayler Hill and the 9th and 15th picks in 2020 draft to New York
Players Added: Astou Ndour, Katie Lou Samuelson and Marina Mabrey via trades; Satou Sabally, Bella Alarie and Tyasha Harris via draft
Players Lost: Skylar Diggins-Smith (traded to PHX), Azura Stevens (traded to CHI), Glory Johnson (signed with ATL), Tayler Hill (traded to NYL), Kristine Anigwe (traded to LA), Karlie Samuelson (waived), Kaela Davis (waived), Imani McGee-Stafford (left WNBA to pursue law degree), Brooke McCarty-Williams (remains a free agent)
Returning Players: Isabelle Harrison, Megan Gustafson and Moriah Jefferson re-signed with Dallas; Arike Ogunbowale, Allisha Gray and Kayla Thornton remain under contract
Atlanta – Draft: No. 4 Chennedy Carter; No. 17 Brittney Brewer; No. 25 Mikayla Pivec; No. 27 Kobi Thorton; Pivec and Thornton both elected to forego the 2020 WNBA season
Trades: Acquired Courtney Williams from Connecticut in a three-team trade that sent Jessica Breland and Nia Coffey to Phoenix; Acquired Kalani Brown from Los Angeles for Brittney Sykes and Marie Gülich
Players Added: Signed Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson, Erica McCall, Jaylyn Agnew, Betnijah Laney, Blake Dietrick and Alexis Jones as free agents
Players Lost: Angel McCoughtry and Alex Bentley signed as free agents with Las Vegas; Renee Montgomery, Tiffany Hayes and Maite Cazorla elected to forgo the 2020 WNBA season; waived Alaina Coates
Returning Players: Monique Billings, Elizabeth Williams
Atlanta: Courtney Williams (Health)
Dallas (2019 Stats)-
71.6 – points per game
77.4- points against
38.9 – Field goal %
Atlanta (2019 Stats)-
71.2 – points per game
78.9 – points against
37.1 – field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Rookies: on both Dallas and Atlanta. Both franchises are rebuilding and will rely on some talented rookies to make an impact right away.
Dallas brings a host of ultra talented rookies, especially in their front court, in do everything forward Satou Sabally out of Oregon, 6’4 sniper Bella Alarie out of Princeton and former South Carolina point guard Tyasha Harris.
Atlanta will suit up their top overall pick Chennedy Carter, arguably the best scorer in college basketball last season. 6’5 low post technician Brittany Brewer and another high level scorer by way of Creighton, Jaylyn Agnew.
Rookies will have a lot to say in who wins this opening game and it will also give us a preview of the future of the WNBA.