Canada will join Atlanta coming off the best statistical season of her career
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Atlanta Dream have acquired two-time WNBA Champion and two-time All-Defensive 1st Team guard Jordin Canada via trade, the organization announced today.
Atlanta acquired Canada and the 12th pick in the 2024 draft in a trade that sent guard Aari McDonald and the 8th pick to the Los Angeles Sparks.
“Jordin is an elite playmaker in the prime of her career and a perfect addition to our team,” said General Manager and Executive Vice President Dan Padover. “Jordin adds a variety of WNBA experience and everywhere she has been she has found a way to make her team better.”
In a standout 2023 season, Canada achieved career-high averages of 13.3 points and 6 assists per game. In addition, the 28-year-old led the league in steals with 2.3 per game for the second time (2019, 2023) in her career.
“Canada’s defensive prowess is a trait I’ve admired from a distance since she entered the league. You simply can’t teach the level of skill she brings to her position,” said Head Coach Tanisha Wright. “I’m excited to work with her and integrate her unique strengths into our system.”
Canada is currently playing overseas in Australia for the Melbourne Boomers alongside Dream forward Naz Hillmon. She leads the WNBL in assists with 7.9 per game, propelling the Boomers to second in the current standings.
Canada earned the 2x Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018) at UCLA and etched her name in the record books with the most assists (831) recorded by a female Bruin. Canada propelled UCLA to the Elite 8 in her senior year, leading the team in points, assists, and minutes played. She was drafted fifth overall in 2018 by the Seattle Storm and won her first championship in her rookie season.
Aari McDonald was drafted out of Arizona third overall by the Dream in 2021 and received All-Rookie honors in her debut season. McDonald’s arrival was pivotal in the Dream’s ascension over the past two seasons and played a complementary role in Atlanta returning to the playoffs in 2023. The 5’ 6” Los Angeles native played 90 games over the course of three seasons with the Dream, averaging 8.6 points and 2.5 assists per game.
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