Gilbert Arenas. Elvin Hayes. Earl “The Pearl.” While these players are some of the most famous in D.C.’s basketball history, none have put up such categorical dominance in a single season as much as the Mystics’ new hoopin’ GOAT has in 2019.
Finishing up a season in which the Mystics dominated the WNBA, Elena Delle Donne completed the feat of the elusive 50-40-90 season in which she shot 51.5% from the field, 43% from 3PT, and 97.4% from the free-throw line. She only missed three (three!!!) free throws during the entire 2019 campaign. Her 19.5 points per game placed her second amongst all qualifying players in the league.
This past Sunday, Sept. 8, the Mystics completed a season in which they established themselves as far and away the best team in basketball. A 4–3 start didn’t have fans too excited, but a 22–5 stretch to finish the season featured the best offensive basketball the team has ever presented — scoring 89.3 points per game and outperforming their opponents in essentially every traditional statistic.
Next up for Delle Donne’s Mystics lies vengeance. The WNBA playoffs in 2018, while somewhat of a breeze for the Mystics through Eastern Conference competition, hit a brick wall made of the Seattle Storm, who showed the Mystics the door in a decisive three-game sweep.
Delle Donne, along with guards Natasha Cloud and Kristi Tolliver and center LaToya Sanders, will have to keep up the form that saw the team average almost 94 points per game in their last eight games of the season.
Good luck to our hometown Mystics — this city is hungry for another championship!