After sitting out the 2017 WNBA season, the Atlanta Dream were excited to welcome perennial All-Star Angel McCoughtry to the fold. Rested and ready to go, McCoughtry jumped in to the mix right away as a veteran presence on Coach Nicki Collen’s roster. And in true form, she did not disappoint, helping the Dream to a No. 2 seed in the WNBA Playoffs and earning her fifth career All-Star appearance before her season came to an abrupt end on August 7 due to a knee injury.
McCoughtry, a prolific scorer her entire career, averaged 16.5 points a contest and grabbed a career-best 6.0 rebounds for the Dream. She also dished out 3.0 assists a game and recorded 1.3 steals in 29 games. McCoughtry’s season started off with a bang, scoring her 5,000th career point in the season-opener at Dallas. She currently ranks 15th all-time in WNBA history with 5,468 points and counting. She is also three steals away from becoming just the 10th player in WNBA history with 600.
Without McCoughtry in the Playoffs, the Dream dropped a hard fought five-game series to the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Semifinals. The franchise earned its first two Playoff victories without McCoughtry on the floor.
There is no time-table on McCoughtry’s return but with a successful surgery behind her, there is no counting out the future Hall-of-Famer from returning to the court at the start of the 2019 season.
Be on the lookout throughout the offseason as McCoughtry looks to give back to the local and international community through public-speaking and funding basketball courts. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.