Atlanta Dream


2008 Finish
4-30, 7th in Eastern Conference.

Departures

  • Alison Bales, C
  • Betty Lennox, G
  • Kasha Terry, C-F

    Arrivals

  • Chantelle Anderson, C
  • Sancho Lyttle, F
  • Michelle Snow, C

    Returning Players

  • Iziane Castro Marques, F-G
  • Erika Desouza, F-C
  • Katie Feenstra, C
  • Kristin Haynie, G
  • Jennifer Lacy, F
  • Ivory Latta, G
  • Nikki Teasley, G
  • Tamera Young, F

    Free Agents

    Needs

  • Backcourt depth
  • Scoring

    Analysis
    Of course, since the Dream are just in the second season of their existence there's a lot to be done before they can compete with the powerhouses in the East. Atlanta, which won just four games in its inaugural season, helped itself in the off-season by snagging Sancho Lyttle in the Houston Comets dispersal draft and signing former Comet and free agent Michelle Snow. However, the team also lost its leading scorer from last season -- Betty Lennox -- who it waived. Things could get interesting if Atlanta succeeds in enticing Chamique Holdsclaw out of retirement (the team acquired her rights from the Sparks), but for now the team must focus on the top talent in this year's draft, whomever that may be. Unlike last year, when there was a clear No. 1 in Candace Parker, the choice isn't so certain in 2009. Atlanta could go in a few different directions with the No. 1 overall pick, but after adding Lyttle and Snow and releasing Lennox in the off-season, look for the team to target a wing player that can score and defend. The team also has the benefit of owning three more picks in the top 27, which it could package to move up if a willing trade partner is game.

    2009 Selections

  • No. 1 (R1)
  • No. 18 (R2)
  • No. 25 (R2)
  • No. 27 (R3)

    Recent Draft History
    2008
    8. Tamera Young
    24. Morenike Atunrase
    32. Danielle Hood