In a move which up until two seasons ago would have changed the WNBA landscape, Kristi Toliver has signed with the Los Angeles Sparks.
The WNBA landscape has had multiple changes over the last couple of weeks. One such change is that the Washington Mystics lost their all-star point guard Kristi Toliver as she signed back on with the team where she rose to stardom, the Los Angeles Sparks.
Toliver is now a two-time champion of the WNBA. Her first championship was with the Sparks but this did not seem to satisfy her. She was not one of the driving factors in this championship and this is what prompted the move to the Washington Mystics.
Toliver wanted to be one of the reasons that a team won a championship, not a nice complimentary piece. Her combination with Elena Delle Donne and Emme Meesseman was a big reason that the team won the title last year.
However, once Toliver accomplished this goal, there was a monkey off her back and she could pursue other career goals. She is still an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards so there is part of her in Washington but Los Angeles appears to be where her playing heart beats.
And with Toliver signing on with the Sparks, they are loaded up for another championship run. They still have Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Chelsea Gray, Chiney Ogwumike and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt to name a few.
Adding Toliver back into this and the floor appears to have a lot more room on it. She is not afraid to take a 3-point shot and she makes 36.0 percent of them in her career. Her last season with the Sparks Toliver make 42.4 percent of her 3-point attempts.
If she is able to connect with anything like that this time around the Sparks will be further up the standings this season and they are well back into the championship conversation.