By Steve Samek
The Washington Mystic made a splash in the offseason. http://bit.ly/2n3UnnM. So now that the season is about half over how are those moves working out?
Elena Delle Donne was the Center piece of a big trade. This season she is averaging almost 20 points per game in 15 starts. http://www.wnba.com/player/elena-delle-donne/#/career. Not career bests, but steady. Though Delle Donne is ranked fourth in the league in scoring. http://www.wnba.com/league-leaders/#?StatCategory=PTS&sort=PTS&dir=1
Delle Donne is currently leading the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting. http://www.wnba.com/news/moore-delle-donne-lead-early-returns-wnba-star-voting-2017/.
Kristi Toliver was added in free agency. Toliver is averaging 10 points per game and that is down from 13 last season. http://www.wnba.com/player/kristi-toliver/#/career. Her three-point percentage, a prime reason for her acquisition is down as well. Toliver hit threes at 42 percent last season, but is only at 35 percent this year. http://www.wnba.com/player/kristi-toliver/#/career.
The Mystics are doing ok this season. In the most recent power rankings they were ranked third. This came in behind the current champs LA and a Minnesota team fresh off a finals appearance. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/. The Mystics own a 10-6 overall record, including a 7-2 mark at home, while being highly ranked in several statistical categories. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/.
Stefanie Dolson, who was acquired by Chicago for Delle Donne is playing well. Dolson is averaging a career high 12.9 points per game. http://www.wnba.com/player/stefanie-dolson/#/career. She has also seen her minutes increased significantly playing over 28 per game against 22.5 last season. http://www.wnba.com/player/stefanie-dolson/#/career.
The number two overall pick was spent on Alaina Coats of South Carolina. Coats doesn’t have any statistical data to report. http://www.wnba.com/player/alaina-coates/#/about.
The Sky have struggled mighty this season. The team has three wins this year and 12 losses. They were recently defeated by the San Antonio Stars, which came into the game winless. The sit at number 11 of 12 in this week’s power rankings. http://www.wnba.com/news/week-8-power-rankings-champs-keep-rolling/.
Mystic’s moves looking like the right ones.