The Atlanta Dream were founded for the 2008 WNBA season. Atlanta made the playoffs nine times and made three WNBA Finals appearances. Through the years, the Dream has had a lot of talented basketball players.
Center Erika de Souza
Erika de Souza played 7 1/2 years with the Dream; she was a three-time All-Star in her time with the team. De Souza helped led Atlanta to back to back finals appearances, but they lost to Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx. In 2014 with the Dream de Souza averaged a career-high 13.8 points per game. De Souza was an excellent low post scorer and tough rebounder, in her time with the Dream, she averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Power Forward Sancho Lyttle
Sancho Lyttle played with Atlanta from 2009-2017, she made four All-WNBA Defensive Teams. Lyttle made the All-Star team in her first year in Atlanta back in 2009. In 2012, Lyttle averaged a career-high 14 points per game, when she finished her time with the Dream averaging 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Small Forward Angel McCoughtry
As of right now, you would have to say Angel McCoughtry is the best player in Dream history. MCcoughtry made the All-Star team five times and is a two-time scoring champ, McCoughtry helped led the Dream to three WNBA Finals appearances. The former Dream star is an outstanding scorer on the perimeter and can defend as well. McCoughtry has made seven All-WNBA Defensive First Teams and led the league in steals two times, in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Liberty, McCoughtry scored a WNBA record 42 points. McCoughtry averaged 19.1 points per game on 42% shooting from the field with Atlanta.
Shooting Guard Iziane Castro Marques
Iziane Castro Marques was traded to the Dream from the Seattle Storm in 2008. She spent four years with Atlanta helping them get to back to back WNBA Finals appearances as well. Marques had her best two seasons with Atlanta in 2009 and 2010. She averaged 14.4 points per game in 2009 and 16.9 points per in 2010. Marques was an excellent all-around scorer with some three-point range. In her four years with Atlanta, Marques averaged 12.1 points per game and a crucial part to the team.
Point Guard Tiffany Hayes
Atlanta drafted Tiffany Hayes in the second round of the 2012 WNBA Draft. In 2017 Hayes made the All-Star while averaging 16.3 points per game and followed that up the next season with a career-high 17.2 points per game. Hayes made the All-WNBA First Team in 2018. Hayes is not a point guard, but she is on my all-time Dream team. Entering her ninth year in the league, Hayes game still has room to grow, but we will have to wait until the 2021 season because Hayes opted out the 2020 season.
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