ATLANTA (August 25, 2017) – Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes is wrapping up her first year in the WNBA, but you would never guess it looking at her stats. The rookie has made an impressive impact on the franchise in just her first year. When Atlanta Dream Standout Angel McCoughtry announced that she was going to sit out this season, the seventh overall draft pick knew she had some big shoes to fill, and she has shown she is more than capable.
The rookie didn’t enter the starting lineup until June 30th but since then she has been unstoppable. Sykes has averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over her 20 starts, and she recently moved into a tie for the top spot for points per game by rookies.
Moving into the starting lineup has looked easy for the Syracuse product. Sykes says she owes it all to the coaches’ confidence in her. She added, “I bring a lot of energy and make sure I play 100% for my teammates, myself, and the game of basketball. I take nothing for granted.”
Head Coach Michael Cooper has nothing short of confidence in his rookie, stating, “She should be rookie of the year.” He says she is an exciting player with her ability to create and hit shots. He even jokes that the rookie reminds him of himself.
With 412 points so far, Sykes is currently on pace to pass McCoughtry (435 points in 2009) for the franchise record for points by a rookie. Her season is not over by any means, but Brittney can’t help but smile when asked to describe her rookie season. Fun is the one word she would use to describe this season. She adds, “I’ve had an amazing time and was lucky to land in Atlanta.” The Dream’s lucky number 7.
Don’t miss your last regular-season opportunity to watch Sykes and her teammates Saturday, August 26 at McCamish Pavilion when they host the Indiana Fever at 6 p.m. All fans in attendance will have the chance to get all of their favorite Dream players’ autographs after the game.