The Washington Mystics were the dominant team of the 2019 season. They were the deserved champions but now they have some major free agency decisions to make
After being the most dominant team of the 2019 season. They were the deserved champions, having the best player in the planet, Elena Delle Donne, taking home the MVP honors.
The season was a complete team effort, but they still had missed games to stars Emma Meesseman and Kristi Toliver. However, they were good enough to overcome them and came away with the title.
The Mystics have the 12th, 24th and 36th pick in the 2020 WNBA draft. Lets take a look at the players they have the chance to re-sign.
Elena Delle Donne
What more can be said about Elena Delle Donne, the best player on the planet and the WNBA MVP in just about everything. She averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and 0.6 steals per game.
She shot the ball at 51.5 percent from the floor, 43.0 percent from deep and an insanely good 97.4 percent from the line. Her signature is the number one priority for the Mystics.
Kristi Toliver achieved what she wanted when left the Los Angeles Sparks. She was a major part of a championship winning team. She made the gritty plays and also played through the knee injury which sidelined her for the last part of the season.
She averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 steals, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. While she was such a big part of the team, they proved they could win without her so she is the last signature of the big three that the the Mystics will try and secure.
After having last season off for international duties, Meesseman came back this season. She was the x-factor which helped the Mystics win the finals last season. Her production was good collecting averages of 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Not bad for a second round pick.
She is at her most effective when she plays alongside Delle Donne, there are few WNBA defenses that can handle two highly skilled 6’5″ players. Her signature is the second highest priority on the Mystics wish list.
When you say key bench piece, Tianna Hawkins is almost the quintessential player that you think about. Averaging 9.5 points, and 4.2 rebounds per game, Hawkins keeps the pedal to the metal when she comes in to a game.
While she did not get the same accolades as the team leaders, Hawkins was a crucial part of the championship season. Needs to be re-signed if the Mystics are going to try and repeat.
Kim Mestdagh played 15 games for the Mystics last season and averaged 1.5 points per game. She may get a training camp contract but She will struggle to be on the Mystics roster next season.
Like Mestdagh, Shey Peddy played 15 games for the Mystics last season. She averaged 1.7 points per game. Again, she may get a training camp contract but it is hard to see her being on this team next year.
While I have said in other articles that a certain player is the heart and soul of a team, Aerial Powers was the heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears of this team. Her competitive spirit was amazing.
She also was able to produce averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 steals per game. It is a lock that Powers needs to be re-signed. Her motor drives herself and this team to greater things.