Alex Bentley fit in so well, some may forget the Atlanta Dream acquired the sixth-year guard midway through the 2018 campaign from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Layshia Clarendon and a 2019 second round draft pick. Bentley joined the Dream on Monday, July 9 and quickly helped the Dream win 14 of their final 16 games during the regular season.
Bentley, who came off the bench in all 16 games with the Dream, finished with 8.7 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds 20.7 minutes for Atlanta. Her veteran presence and understanding of the playbook (Bentley played for Nicki Collen the previous two seasons with Connecticut, where she was an assistant coach) made her a huge asset down the stretch and in to the Playoffs.
When Angel McCoughtry went down with a knee injury on August 7, Collen and her staff looked for someone to step up and provide some of the scoring they lost from their All-Star forward. Bentley was up to the challenge, lifting her scoring average to 15.6 points a contest in five WNBA Playoff games.
Atlanta was familiar to Bentley, who was drafted 13th overall by the Dream in the 2013 WNBA Draft out of Penn State. Bentley played one season in Atlanta before being traded to the Sun. Dream fans should be excited to see her in the backcourt in 2019.
Final 2018 Stats