Beard, the Mystics leader, is coming off the best of her three seasons in the league. She recorded career highs with 19.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and a 49.5% field goal percentage and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team, the All-Defensive Second Team and the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
But Beard is far from the only offensive threat in Washington. Milton-Jones (14.6), Melvin (11.9) and Teasley (10.7) also averaged in double figures.
Point guard Teasley, in particular, was an essential part of the Mystics' offense. Not only did she drain 52 shots from beyond the arc, she averaged 5.4 apg, tops in the league. Her ability to score and pass was crucial to the team's offensive success.
Robinson contributed 7.4 ppg in her 27 contests, Coco Miller provided vital relief at the guard position and Tamara James, Nikki Blue, Laurie Koehn and Zane Teilane will likely continue to bring a spark off the bench.
NOT COMING BACK
The only Mystic not returning is veteran forward Latasha Byears, who signed a free agent deal with the Comets in the offseason.
In the Sting Dispersal Draft, the Mystics acquired Teana Miller. Having missed last season due to pregnancy, the 6-3 center enters 2007 hungry and ready to play and will add size, strength and an additional low post presence.
Little was done in the offseason to make the Mystics significantly better. But little was done to make them worse. The squad has a core of talented veteran players who have experience playing together, and as a result, it's fair to expect a repeat of last year's stellar offensive performance.
Defensively, the team struggled last year, specifically while Milton-Jones
was injured. Without her, the team went 4-7. If she can stay healthy this season,
the Mystics' problems could be solved. They have the chemistry and talent to
go deep into the postseason as they continue to rise up the ranks in the Eastern