Bringing Swagger Back
In an off-season that has seen the Mystics bring in a bevy of new players, a familiar face is also returning to D.C. Chasity Melvin, a member of the Mystics from 2004-2006, not only brings back a consistent low-post presence, she brings swagger.
At a recent reception for season ticket holders, a straight-faced Melvin told the audience that she would like to see a WNBA championship banner hanging in the Verizon Center rafters.
“I had a lot of goals when I was here,” Melvin said. “I feel like I have a lot of unfinished business. To get an opportunity to come back presented a challenge.”
After being traded to the Chicago Sky in 2007 for forward Monique Currie, Melvin was a major free agent priority for first-year Mystics general manager Angela Taylor.
In her three years with the Mystics, Melvin averaged nearly 11 points per game and was consistently among the team’s best rebounders. Last season, as a member of the Chicago Sky, Melvin collected her 700th career offensive rebound. She is only the fifth player in WNBA history to reach that plateau.
“She’s a double figure scorer which we need,” Head coach Julie Plank said. “She has the ability to score and she has great size in the paint. She’s very active and she looks like she’s in great shape. I think she’s excited about bringing a championship to D.C.”
While Melvin brings the Mystics a versatile low-post threat, she also brings 10 years of WNBA experience to a relatively young locker room. Her leadership skills and infectious enthusiasm stand to benefit the entire team.
“I like to talk and I like to have a lot of fun,” Melvin said. “I’m very positive but at the same time I will give criticism when I see it’s needed.”
Instead of going abroad this off-season, Melvin decided to spend her time working out in Atlanta and getting some much needed rest. So far the decision has paid dividends.
“I know I’m going to be consistent,” Melvin said. “I want to improve. I feel like I’m in the prime of my career. I feel like I really know what to do as far as mentally and physically preparing.”
While Melvin looks forward to reconnecting with her team this May, she is also excited about reconnecting with the fans. Despite leaving the team for two seasons, Melvin has always enjoyed a special kinship with the fans and Verizon Center staff.
“I’m excited for the fans. If everything comes together it will be so exciting because a lot of people have been waiting for us to win,” Melvin said. “If I could be a part of that, with these fans, that would be great and something that will go down in history.”