Myisha Hines-Allen was taken with the 19th pick in the 2018 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics.
Myisha Hines-Allen, a 6’2″ forward out of Loiusville was taken with the 19th pick in the 2018 draft. The Washington Mystics had already taken Ariel Atkins with the seveth pick in the first round. Hines-Allen would have probablhy been seen as insurance for the loss of Belgian forward Emma Meesseman who took a year off the WNBA to train with her national team.
It did not take Hines-Allen long to show the WNBA that she should have been taken with a higher pick.In her fourth game in the WNBA, Hines-Allen collected a double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a win against the Minnesota Lynx. What is more impressive is she backed this up with another double double, this time in a loss to the Seattle Storm the next game. She collected 10 points and 11 rebounds.
However, these would be her best two games of the season. Hines-Allen would go on to play 24 games for the season, averaging 10.5 minutes, 3.8 points and 2,9 rebounds per game. However, what stands out about Hinds-Allen’s rookie year is she averaged 1.2 offensive rebounds a game .. in just over 10 minutes per game. This is an incredibly impressive stat.
Another impressive number from Hines-Allen’s rookie campaign is when she made it to the playoffs, her scoring numbers increased. Despite Washington going down to the Storm in the Finals, Hines Allen tried to do her part, lifting her scoring average to 5.2 points per game in the six game she played. This may not sound like much but it does show that Hines-Allen has the ability to step up when the situation requires it.
With Meesseman coming back next season, Hines-Allen may be fighting to keep her spot. WNBA roster spots are the hardest to come by in world basketball. However, when she turns up to training camp, she will push all comers, showing that she deserves the spot meaning another player will likely be pushed out.
One thing is for sure, after being taken with the 19th pick of the draft, Hines-Allen has displayed a passion and desire which will hopefully see her playing in the WNBA for many years to come.