The Atlanta Dream struck a deal with Washington Mystics on Tuesday, sending their first and second round picks in this year’s draft for guard Jasmine Thomas and they Mystics’ second round pick. Thomas, who is entering her third year in the league, was the 12th overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm before being traded to the Mystics.
Jun. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Mystics guard Jasmine Thomas (5) dribbles the ball up the court at the game against the Phoenix Mercury during the second half at US Airways Center. The Mercury defeated the Mystics 79-77. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY SportsThomas was a standout at Duke, where she ranks seventh in career points and career field goals made, third in three points made, fifth in assists and third in steals. She grew into being a starter with the Mystics, where she averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 assists per game last season, but improved to 11.8 points in her last nine.
"“We’re excited to have Jasmine join the Atlanta Dream. She fits the mold of what we need in our scheme both offensively and defensively, and her style of play really compliments our style of transition play. She has a quick first step, and the athletic ability to get to the basket and to compliment the strong defense we are known for.” – Head coach and general manager Fred Williams in a press release."
Thomas will likely be backing up Armintie Price and fellow former Blue Devil Lindsey Harding, splitting time in the rotation with Angel McCoughtry.
"“I feel it’s a good fit for me and I couldn’t be more excited to join the Atlanta Dream. I like the up-tempo style of play in Atlanta, and I’m looking forward to getting on the court to prepare for a great season with my new teammates and coaches.” – Jasmine Thomas in Atlanta Dream press release"
With the move for Thomas, the Dream have now solidified what is now the best back court in the WNBA, and allow Coach Williams to use McCoughtry and Price in a small forward role.