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Dream Acquires No. 1 WNBA Draft Pick From Mystics


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The Atlanta Dream acquired the No. 1 WNBA draft pick from the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.

The Mystics got the No. 3 pick on Monday and the No. 14 pick in the second round.

Washington also has the right to trade its 2023 first-round pick with Atlanta’s first-round pick acquired in Los Angeles on Feb. 5. The Dream traded Chennedy Carter and Li Yueru’s rights to the Sparks for LA premiere Erica Wheeler. -the draft pick next year and the No. 15 pick this season.

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Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith (1) goes up for a lay-up past Texas guard Joanne Allen-Taylor (11) during the Big12 Women’s Championship Final between the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns on Sunday March 13, 2022, at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. Smith has a shot at becoming No. 1 overall in the draft.
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Atlanta still retains the No. 15 pick in the second round of the draft.

The trade gives Atlanta, which finished 8-24 last season, the first draft pick for only the second time in franchise history. In 2009, the Dream used the No. 1 overall pick to recruit Angel McCoughtry, who led the team to the WNBA Finals in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Dream Acquires No. 1 WNBA Draft Pick From Mystics

Renee Montgomery of the Atlanta Dream during the 2022 WNBA Draft Lottery on December 19, 2021 at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.
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McCoughtry, a five-time All-Star, and now plays for Minnesota.

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Atlanta is rebuilding with new owners and new management.

Owner Kelly Loeffler has come under pressure to sell her 49% stake in the team after she opposed the league’s social justice initiatives. Dream’s new ownership group is led by real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener and includes former Dream caretaker Renee Montgomery.

Longtime WNBA player Tanisha Wright was hired as Atlanta’s new coach last year. Former manager Nicki Collen abruptly left the team less than two weeks before last season to become manager of Baylor.

Dream Acquires No. 1 WNBA Draft Pick From Mystics

Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics smiles during the 2022 WNBA Draft Lottery on December 19, 2021 at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.
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Washington won the WNBA Draft lottery on Dec. 19 for the first time in franchise history. He also had the No. 1 overall selection in 1999, when there was no lottery.

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