Atlanta Dream ready to grow young nucleus in 2023
The superteam era has officially hit the WNBA, which kicks off its 27th season Friday with four games.
- A crazy offseason full of former MVPs and All-Stars joining forces sets the table for what could be an epic summer of basketball.
Why it matters: The Atlanta Dream might not be contenders this season, but they're setting the foundation as well as any team in the league.
- The Dream went an ugly 23-65 from 2019 to 2021 and were then sold to an ownership group that includes former player Renee Montgomery.
- Two short years later and Atlanta is looking primed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
Zoom in: Rhyne Howard was last season's Rookie of the Year and could be a national star by next season.
- Rookie Haley Jones was an intriguing Swiss Army knife at pick No. 6 in the WNBA draft and adds to a core of young talent that also includes Aari McDonald and Naz Hillmon.
- And by trading for veteran scorer Allisha Gray, the Dream might've found the right bridge player to lead its young talent to the next level.
Of note: The Dream did trade away Tiffany Hayes, who led the team in scoring several times during her 10 seasons in Atlanta.
Take a look at every WNBA team's chances at a 2023 title, ranked by their odds.
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