Washington Mystics


2008 Finish
10-24, 6th in Eastern Conference.

Departures

Arrivals

  • Matee Ajavon, G
  • Lindsey Harding, G
  • Kristen Mann, F
  • Chasity Melvin, C

    Returning Players

  • Alana Beard, G-F
  • Nikki Blue, G
  • Monique Currie, F
  • Andrea Gardner, F-C
  • Tasha Humphrey, C
  • Crystal Langhorne, C
  • Coco Miller, G
  • Bernice Mosby, F
  • Eshaya Murphy, G
  • Nakia Sanford, C
  • Crystal Smith, G
  • Krystal Vaughn, F

    Free Agents

  • Laurie Koehn, G (RFA)

    Needs

  • Scoring
  • Interior defense

    Analysis
    No team has done more to revamp its roster over the past eight months or so than the Washington Mystics, who haven't made the postseason since 2006. In that span the team has added Tasha Humphrey, Lindsey Harding, Matee Ajavon and Chasity Melvin among others. Suddenly, Washington is one of the deepest teams in the league and a serious contender for a playoff spot. Acquiring the new talent came at a cost though, as the Mystics lost veteran center Taj McWilliams-Franklin and a couple of high picks in this year's draft (Nos. 9 and 15). And it still remains to be seen how these pieces will fit together under new coach Julie Plank. The team figures to add another big piece soon by virtue of possessing the No. 2 selection in the upcoming draft. Conventional wisdom says the team will go with best player available, but considering the Mystics were the worst offensive team in the league last season it's crucial they come out of the draft with a top-notch scorer, ideally one who plays in the post.

    2009 Selections

  • No. 2 (R1)
  • No. 23 (R2)
  • No. 24 (R2)
  • No. 28 (R3)

    Recent Draft History
    200820072006
    6. Crystal Langhorne6. Bernice Mosby8. Tamara James
    20. Lindsey Pluimer19. Megan Vogel19. Nikki Blue
    34. Krystal Vaughn32. Gillian Goring33. Miriam Sy